Dry Water Arts - Beyond Boundaries Toward Togetherness

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Elder Arts  

Engaging with experience, celebrating life

Dry Water artists have a wealth of experience in creating and facilitating cross art form workshops for and with elders. We have particular expertise in working with people living with Dementia.


We offer workshops/residencies and training  tailor made to suit we  work in residential homes, nursing homes,  hospital and community settings.

We regularly collaborate with other specialist elder arts organisations to deliver  interactive sessions and bespoke training.


Our approach includes movement, storytelling, music, textiles, visual arts, drama and technology.


We believe in celebrating the present moment and honouring each person's unique creative expression.


Our Curiosity Café project is an integrated arts programme for people living with young (early onset) dementia and their carers. Curiosity Café enables participants to articulate their needs, ideas and aspirations and is a label free environment with the emphasis on creative, expressive exploration and critical questioning. .

It is maintained, directed and adapted by the suggestion and expression of its participants.


Curiosity Café began in 2015 and in 2016/17 Dry Water was awarded funding from EngageFMS and Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice, to enable an exchange visit with the Dementia Innovation Hub based at Newcastle University. Part of the Campus for Ageing and Vitality at Newcastle University, the Dementia Innovation Hub is a catalyst for innovation to stimulate the delivery of world-class support for people with dementia and their families, and has partners across the North East. The funding was given in recognition of the work Dry Water have been doing with people living with Dementia and their carers,

Live Long In The Day - What does it mean to 'live long in the day'? This film is intended to draw attention to the preciousness of the lived moment, the here and now.


Appreciating the delicacy and resonant beauty of the older dancer and the simplicity and elegance of their heartfelt movement the film blurs the boundaries between art and documentary.  


Live Long is  filmed in response to the subjects, led by the things that capture the attention of the film maker, the beauty of  the movement and sensitivity of thought.



















The creative movement work of one of the Dry Water artists who was visiting Australia intrigued me, especially how inclusive and exceptionally transformative it was for people living with dementia.

I knew Dry Water artists were engaged in several arts projects that sounded exciting. In 2014, I decided to see for myself: were these as good as they sounded or just more of the empty rhetoric I hear all the time.

I saw firsthand how the artists and a group of charming year six students have transformed the lives of people with dementia living in a care home we visited.

Under the expert guidance of Dry Water artists,  people young or older, share joy, laughter, dance, movement, storytelling and  feelings of acceptance and belonging are engendered. I saw real evidence of great respect and genuine love for people many of whom they clearly know very well.  

I have been a Dementia Care Consultant and Educator for 25 years.  I know how hard care staff can try to brighten lives but they do not have the arts background to be able to facilitate creative engagement. Dry Water artists, by example and through interactive training sessions, demonstrate and share their skills thus the arts become part of everyday life, what could be better.  I wish they were closer to enrich and inform my own work.


Beverley Giles OAM