News and Updates

Celebrating the end of term with the Arts Gymnasium participants!

Katherine Wimpenny, Lead Researcher Arts Gymnasium, On 4th July participants from across all the Arts Gymnasium weekly workshops taking place in Coventry, came to the DMLL for an end of term sharing event.   This was the first occasion in which the project participants shared aspects of their creative work in front of peers, family…
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July 5, 2017 0

A Garden of Creativity

    Sammy Wan reflects on her experience of working with the Belgrade’s Arts Gymnasium programme.     It has been a wonderful journey to be part of the Arts Gymnasium Shine On group and my placement has extended to a rich experience that has greatly influenced me as a musician and aspiring arts practitioner.…
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June 29, 2017 0

Arts Gymnasium – Students from FAH share Documentary Exhibition on ‘Playfulness and Connectedness’

Katherine Wimpenny, Research Lead, Arts Gymnasium, DMLL   Over the past few weeks we have been sharing our evaluation research on the Arts Gymnasium project, a collaboration between the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry University, and Age UK Coventry, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The Arts Gymnasium project is investigating the value of arts and drama…
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June 27, 2017 0

Arts Gymnasium – Dancing the Data

Katherine Winpenny, Research Lead, Arts Gymnasium In Bristol, 19–23 Jun 2017, Sarah Merry, DMLL, Eline Kieft, C-DaRE , Koula Charitonos, Open University, and myself, presented a research paper about our work on the Arts Gymnasium, as a performance piece at the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference and Exchange. We presented our research process as…
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June 27, 2017 0

Volunteers Week 2017

    Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK, this year taking place from the 1-7 June.   To celebrate, the Belgrade want to shout about the fantastic contributions of Rose, Andrew, Berta, Tara, Chris, Sarah and Esme, Coventry University Media Students that have been…
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June 7, 2017 0

The Domino Effect

    Today I had an unexpected trip to a local radio station HillzFM to help support my colleague, Katherine Wimpenny, in promoting the Arts Gymnasium project, and in particular the showcase being held at the Albany Theatre Coventry on June 10th. The Arts Gym project on paper has been developed to ‘help support the…
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June 5, 2017 0

Dementia Awareness Week 2017

    Dementia Awareness Week is here from the 14-20 May, a week where the Alzhiemer’s Society ask everyone to unite against dementia.   Here at the Belgrade, we’re taking positive steps to make ourselves a ‘dementia friendly’ venue, looking at everything from signage, to our productions, to how we train our staff.   Our…
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May 18, 2017 0

A particular strand of the programme is tailored to meet the needs of people living with memory impairments and/or early stage dementia.

The launch event took place on 6th October at the Belgrade Theatre. It included presentations from Arts Gymnasium partners, a live performance from Shine On (i.e. the Belgrade’s current over 50s group) , and a presentation from the Alzheimer’s Society Coventry about their current services.


April 18, 2017 1

The Councillor Faye Abbott also spoke at the event about the Arts Gymnasium’s key role in Coventry’s development of its Age Friendly City initiative.

The project was evaluated by researchers at Coventry University, led by Dr Katherine Wimpenny (DMLL). Dr Wimpenny explained that the evaluation focused on what theatre performance and art activities can especially do for a wide range of people in the city. She also referred to the project’s unique position in the growing arts and health field.


April 18, 2017 0

This project explored new methods for engaging some of the most vulnerable communities

Arts Gymnasium is part of the Belgrade Theatre’s Community & Education programme. It tested theatre practice as a way of achieving health and wellbeing outcomes for the 50+ community, with impact on the wider community. It uses theatre and arts activities to contribute to the quality of life and positive well-being of people in Coventry.


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