Artful Dementia Research Lab


The Artful Dementia Research Lab at UiT The Arctic University of Norway conducts research on innovative understandings of ageing and dementia. On the basis of experimental interventions with the creative arts our researchers investigate other ways of living with and relating to dementia, thereby exploring art interventions as a mode of social science knowledge generation. Through developing a new conceptual repertoire, research conducted within the Artful Dementia Research Lab contributes to complementing medical and pharmacological interventions with experimental art interventions that are sensitive to socio-material dimensions of everyday life.


Research activities:

carrying out a series of arts interventions (fine arts, music, drama) in everyday life of people with dementia on the basis of a practice-based fieldwork approach

analysing the processes the interventions evoke and inquiring into the on-going research process

applying theoretical approaches of relational aesthetics and material feminisms

developing a theory-methods package from a sociological and artistic perspective


The Artful Dementia Research Lab at UiT The Arctic University of Norway has initiated and runs
the International Research Network Artful Dementia (IRNAD).


Meet the team

Ann Therese Lotherington

Ann Therese Lotherington is Professor of Sociology and Head of Department at Centre for Women’s and Gender Research at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Her professional orientation is new material feminist theory and citizenship theory that she has used and developed for research in different empirical settings, most recently related to everyday life of people living with dementia. Her current interest in relational aesthetics and the significance of creativity in people’s lives comes from connections with people in some way afflicted with this disease. The entanglement of the creative arts in everyday life challenge dominant understandings of community and connectivity, and how a life with dementia might be lived, which demands renewed research approaches and new research to be fully understood.


Rikke Gürgens Gjærum

Rikke Gürgens Gjærum is Professor in Applied Theatre at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and Head of Artic center of welfare and disability research. She is also a Professor II at OsloMet on Master of aesthetic studies. Her professional orientation is on applied arts, gender issues, reminiscence theatre, marginalization processes, and theatre interventions in health institutions. She has developed innovative research designs in different health & cultural settings related to investigating the meaning of aesthetic experiences in people’s everyday life. Her interest in pragmatic aesthetics and the significance of creativity in the lives of people often defined as “marginal groups,” is based on her experience as theater director in the group “Usedvanlig Teater” in Harstad.


Lill Sverresdatter
Associate professor

Lill Sverresdatter Larsen (RN, MSc, PhD) is associate Professor at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health and Care Sciences. Larsen is also a member of the multi-disciplinary research group Center for Care Research North. Her main field of research is in the area of health sociology and health policy, ageing and older people and specifically challenges related to dementia diseases. Her research concern keywords as citizenship, user involvement, ethnic affiliation, family caregivers and collaboration with municipal healthcare services.

Ingrid Skovgaard



Dragana Lukić
PhD candidate

Dragana Lukić, Art researcher, PhD candidate in Gender Studies at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Dragana is exploring potentials of fine arts for opening up different understandings of dementia and persons with dementia. In her PhD project, Dragana analyses fiction film adaptations and literature that are dealing with dementia as a main issue. In addition, Dragana is responsible for organising individual and group fine arts interventions within and outside of care homes in Tromsø. Dragana has background in painting and gender studies from University of Belgrade and media arts from University of Gothenburg. She has long experience in exhibiting and participating in collaborative arts projects.


Lilli Mittner
Post doc

Lilli Mittner is trained as a musicologist and practices as a classical violinist. Currently she holds a postdoc position in feminist art intervention at the University of Tromsø The Arctic University of Norway. Lilli is broadly interested in equality issues in art making processes and how people create new spaces of possibilities through alternative perceptions of conventional social practices. In her project she addresses methodological challenges in artists’ practices of working with people living with dementia by diffracting the theoretical basis of art interventions with feminist theory and relational aesthetics. Her research is situated in a broader context of arts-based research and the humanities. Lilli’s scientific background touches upon the fields of history, sociology, pedagogy, ethnology, and psychology of music as well as media and communication studies.

Karoline Dalby
PhD candidate

Karoline Dalby, Phd candidate in “Art and Dementia” at The Faculty of Health and Science, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Karoline is exploring different drama methods at Bergsodden care center for elderly people with dementia. She investigates more specifically how these methods can contribute to new understandings of being-together. Her methods will be developed through intra-actions based on principles of co-creativity and improvisation. Karoline has a masters degree in drama and theatre from Oslomet. Her projects so far focus on empowerment through a combination of different drama techniques inspired by Lecoq and improvisational theatre.



Artful Dementia Research Lab
Centre for Women’s and Gender Research
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Postboks 6050 Langnes
9037 Tromsø