Brentry Dementia Care Home 1
Brentry Dementia Care Home 1
'The Closer We Get' A Somewhere Film directed by Karen Guthrie Photo: Nina Pope.

2016 - 2017

Brentry Dementia Care Home



Somewhere – a multi-disciplinary, non-profit creative organisation run by artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie – has been commissioned by Willis Newson to collaborate with Noma architects and Landscape Architects Barry Chinn on the interior and landscape design for a new 48 bed dementia care home, in Bristol. The development is one 3 new care homes in the city for dementia and extra care being developed with Bristol City Council to create beautiful therapeutic spaces for residents and a long term legacy for the care homes.

Brentry Dementia Care Home 3
'The Closer We Get' A Somewhere Film directed by Karen Guthrie Photo: Nina Pope.
Brentry Dementia Care Home 2
'The Closer We Get' A Somewhere Film directed by Karen Guthrie Photo: Nina Pope.

Somewhere produce ambitious projects spanning film, the web, installation, live events, design and public art.  Commissioned by Willis Newson, Somewhere are responding and collaborating with Shaw Healthcare to influence the interior of Brentry Dementia Care Home, helping to create a high quality aesthetic whilst meeting the needs of the users.  Somewhere will also, with the help of Barry Chinn landscape architects, create beautiful, sensory garden spaces for the development. 

This project has been commissioned and funded by Shaw Healthcare the care providers for Brentry – a new build 48 bed dementia care home, in Bristol. EG Carter are the partnering contractor delivering the build. 

Somewhere have been invited to consider a unifying theme or approach that will help create a strong identity for the interior of the care home, encouraging a sense of belonging and community for residents. 

Dementia-friendly interiors can help to support independence and dignity for those living with dementia. The artists will consider & respond to some of the following needs & opportunities: 

  • A sense of place and meaning, linked to the home’s Bristol location 
  • Artwork and imagery which will encourage engagement, communication and connection through reminiscence, stories and memories 
  • The design of memory boxes and other devices to aid reminiscence and recognition 
  • The creation of “places to go and things to do” in lounges, quiet rooms at the ends of corridors 
  • Cues that will aid navigation and legibility of spaces 
  • Structures for display of changing artwork and reminiscence objects 
  • Tactile materials and ways of addressing the senses 
  • Materials with good acoustic properties 
  • Sensory works, light based works or those that help to tackle the physical effects of dementia 
Brentry Dementia Care Home
'The Closer We Get' A Somewhere Film directed by Karen Guthrie Photo: Nina Pope.

Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie met whilst at Edinburgh College of Art before they had completed MA’s in London and began working together in 1995In 2001 they formalised their collaboration as the arts practice Somewhere, their current works spans public art and film makingUntil recently Nina maintained an academic post in design Interactions at the Royal College of Art.  Karen works in a diverse range of roles in public art including many initiatives with Grizdale Arts, including their land / garden developmentIn 2008 they won the first Northern Art Prize and in 2015 ‘The closer We Get’ won Best International Feature Film at Hot Docs and Best UK Film at Open City Documentary Festival.