Researcher

Dr Gail Kenning

My Expertise

My expertise is in the area of arts and design engagement, psychosocial wellbeing and exploring how creativity supports mental and physical health. Specifically in the area of immersive media and emotion. My particular focus is in the area of ageing and dementia.

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Visual arts, Design

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Biography

Dr Kenning’s recent work is located at the intersection of art, design, technology and creativity exploring how these contribute to physical and mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, with a particular focus on ageing and dementia. Her research and practice explore creativity from three perspectives:

  1. How creativity can support and facilitate health and wellbeing (e.g., contributing to social engagement, connection, mental health, etc.);...view more

Dr Kenning’s recent work is located at the intersection of art, design, technology and creativity exploring how these contribute to physical and mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, with a particular focus on ageing and dementia. Her research and practice explore creativity from three perspectives:

  1. How creativity can support and facilitate health and wellbeing (e.g., contributing to social engagement, connection, mental health, etc.); and
  2. How creative approaches can be applied in the collection of data to better understand the concerns, needs, and embodied lived experience of elderly people in relation to physical and mental health and social engagement/disengagement and connection/disconnection. Creative approaches can include participatory creative workshops and deliberative discussion, storytelling, and creative making.
  3. How creative engagement offers transformative potential

Dr Kenning is experienced in organising and facilitating deliberative discussions, creative workshops, and seminars as part of research and participatory engagement.

Combining her background in art practice, academic research, and industry and community engagement, she also consults to industry, arts health organisations, and government on design of health and wellbeing programs; use of digital media, systems and software; and evaluation of health and wellbeing programs.


My Engagement

In my work I engage with a range of project patterns including Art Gallery New South Wales, War Memorial Hospital, Leigh Place aged Care, Ne Horizons Aged Care, Woollahra Municipal Council and councils and aged care facilities across the greater Sydney area.

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Videos

Art and Dementia: Arts engagement for Liveable Communities
These Walls Could Talk. https://gailkenning.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/twct-report-unsw.pdf