Curator's Choice - Michael Eades

24 September - 30 November 2015

Michael Eades Festival in a Box: Archives 

Michael Eades is Cultural Contexts and Public Engagement Research Fellow at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, and Curator of Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities. Between August 2013 and June 2014 the AHRC-funded research project ‘Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: engaging socially isolated people with dementia’ took a mobile version of a community arts festival into the homes six of people living with dementia.


A collaboration between the School of Advanced Study, the Bloomsbury Festival, Age UK Camden and University College London, the project explored the therapeutic value of using the arts to engage people with dementia. In the process, it built up seven interlocking ‘memory archives’ of stories, objects and original artworks.

Since 2014, the Festival in a Box has travelled between cities and festivals gathering stories and memories of lives in Edinburgh, London and Leeds.


Michael Eades, Festival in a Box, 2014. Photo credit: Lyn Atelier




Curator’s Choice is a new series of sample displays with work selected by the Curatorial and Exhibitions Manger. Dispersed around our Blenheim Walk campus, this surprising trail of cabinets of curiosity highlight a selection of innovative research-practice, often work-in-progress, from a range of internal and external colleagues.