The Garden of Remember


Image by Joe Magee.

An interactive, locative app for the Netpark project surrounding Metal’s premises at Chalkwell Hall in Southend on Sea, Essex, UK* and intended to provide an insight into living with dementia. Made in collaboration with a team including artist Elsa James, illustrator Joe Magee, people with dementia, and local schoolchildren at Metal, with funding from Southend Borough Council. I worked from transcripts of lengthy conversations with the participants and turned these into scripts for the app.

The official launch of the app is on March 10th 2017 at Metal and Chalkwell Park in Southend, but it is already available on Apple’s app store. For technical reasons it currently only runs on an iPad 2 or higher, and not on Apple or Android phones. Full credits and app information here. The Garden of Remember was a Highly Commended finalist in The Guardian Innovation Award for Mental Health.

Read a review of the app in the British Medical Journal.

* In their own words: “Metal is an artistic laboratory championing the need for investment in artistic innovation in the UK, and providing practical support to practising artists.”


Image by Joe Magee.



Image by Joe Magee.