Our approach and process with CNX

Humour and clowning are powerful tools for connecting with people who might experience feelings of social isolation.
Our participatory interventions, developed and implemented during this project, aim to foster creative self-expression and social connection, positively impacting emotional well-being.
We developed these artistic approaches collaboratively, involving international artists, artists from different fields, participants, caregivers, and experts in dementia and autism.


Working alongside family members, caregivers, social experts, and artists from various disciplines, clown artists sought innovative and tailored approaches for engaging with children with autism and individuals with dementia.

Timeline

Sept-Nov 2019
Sept-Nov 2019

Project Preparation and Application

November 2020
November 2020

Project Start

August 2021
August 2021

Kick of Meeting

Project Kick-off and Closing Meetings

October 2021
October 2021

First Artistic laboratories (FI&HU)

Artistic working groups and laboratories

April 2022
April 2022

HCIM Conference

Healthcare Clowning International Meeting

April & May 2022
April & May 2022

Second Artistic laboratories (LT&ES)

Artistic working groups and laboratories

January & February 2023
January & February 2023

Third Artistic laboratories (AT&HR)

Artistic working groups and laboratories

May 2023
May 2023

Project Kick-off and Closing Meetings in Brussels

Awareness raising, Advocacy and Communication 

September 2023
September 2023

Closing Meeting

Project Kick-off and Closing Meetings

On going: Artistic interventions for and with People with Dementia and Children with Autism

On-going participatory activities in six countries

On going: Learning activities

On-going participatory activities in six countries

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Artistic working groups and laboratories

To accommodate two distinct project audiences, we established two initial artistic working groups.

One focused on innovative approaches for engaging people with dementia, while the other centred on artistic interactions with children with autism.

During the three years of the project, each working group met in three transnational artistic laboratories, meaning a total of six artistic laboratories were held in six different EU member states.

The laboratories brought together healthcare clown duos, experts, individuals with lived experiences, and artistic coordinators.

These gatherings facilitated experiential learning and knowledge sharing, supporting the creative and learning processes of healthcare clowns.

The first round of laboratories focused on the artists getting to know each other, exchanging current practices and learning more about the experiences of the target audiences (people with dementia and children with autism) to gain a better understanding of local contexts, needs, and participant preferences.

Blogpost on first laboratory on engaging with children with Autism:

Blogpost on first laboratory on engaging with people with Dementia:

Healthcare clowns children with autism Blog

Healthcare clowns & children with autism – a joint expedition has begun!

Red-nosed characters peek out from behind the trees. One climbs a tree and another admires the warmth of the autumn sun on her cheeks. What’s going on? The very first artistic laboratory of ClowNexus with healthcare clowns from several European countries has begun in Nuuksio, Espoo. The goal of the lab was to initiate the development of participatory clowning approaches for children with autism spectrum disorder.

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Blogpost on first laboratory on engaging with children with Autism:

Blogpost on first laboratory on engaging with people with Dementia:

Healthcare clowns children with autism Blog

Healthcare clowns & children with autism – a joint expedition has begun!

Red-nosed characters peek out from behind the trees. One climbs a tree and another admires the warmth of the autumn sun on her cheeks. What’s going on? The very first artistic laboratory of ClowNexus with healthcare clowns from several European countries has begun in Nuuksio, Espoo. The goal of the lab was to initiate the development of participatory clowning approaches for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Read more »

During the second laboratories, exchanges with experts continued and the artists were able to draw conclusions from their first encounters with the audiences.

Common topics and artistic approaches were collected and discussed for piloting in the next phase of the project.

Blogpost on second laboratory on engaging with children with Autism:

Blogpost on second laboratory on engaging with people with Dementia:

Clownexus Blog Artistic Laboratory 1

ClowNexus Artistic Laboratory in Lithuania: clowns are creating a “tool box” that unlocks senses

In the first week of April, the second artistic laboratory on Autism of ClowNexus took place in Lithuania. Project partners from Lithuania, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Finland and Spain gathered in Vilnius, the capital city. The participating clown artists continued to deepen their knowledge and explore the world of the senses in order to find the best tools to interact with autistic children.

Read more »

Blogpost on second laboratory on engaging with children with Autism:

Clownexus Blog Artistic Laboratory 1

ClowNexus Artistic Laboratory in Lithuania: clowns are creating a “tool box” that unlocks senses

In the first week of April, the second artistic laboratory on Autism of ClowNexus took place in Lithuania. Project partners from Lithuania, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Finland and Spain gathered in Vilnius, the capital city. The participating clown artists continued to deepen their knowledge and explore the world of the senses in order to find the best tools to interact with autistic children.

Read more »

Blogpost on second laboratory on engaging with people with Dementia:

Video about the Laboratory in Barcelona:

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In the final laboratories, artists consolidated their project insights about the tested and implemented new approaches. They also strategised how to continue engaging with the project’s audiences in the future and explored ways to disseminate their learnings to local peers, fellow artists, and cultural or care professionals.

Blogpost on third laboratory on engaging with children with Autism

Blogpost on second laboratory on engaging with people with Dementia:

I dont know. This is what I knew.

Healthcare clown organizations are creating new artistic approaches for children on the autism spectrum

Healthcare clowns from seven different European countries gathered from 29th January until 3rd of March in Zagreb, Croatia, as part of the ClowNexus project in order to share their previous experiences and artistic learnings in working with children on the autism spectrum. As part of the five-day laboratory, the international working group of clowns interacted with the children of the Zagreb Autism Center.

Read more »
The ClowNexus Artistic Laboratory in Austria

Picture frames, foot choreographies and subtle movements:
The ClowNexus Artistic Laboratory in Austria

Wednesday morning, 9 am at the Grillhof educational institute in Innsbruck, Austria. It is the third day of the “Clownexus” Artistic Laboratory.

ClowNexus is a three-year project (November 2020-October 2023) in which eight European healthcare clown organisations explore how clowns and humor can build and facilitate social connections and better communication with people with dementia and children on the autism spectrum.

Read more »

Blogpost on third laboratory on engaging with children with Autism:

I dont know. This is what I knew.

Healthcare clown organizations are creating new artistic approaches for children on the autism spectrum

Healthcare clowns from seven different European countries gathered from 29th January until 3rd of March in Zagreb, Croatia, as part of the ClowNexus project in order to share their previous experiences and artistic learnings in working with children on the autism spectrum. As part of the five-day laboratory, the international working group of clowns interacted with the children of the Zagreb Autism Center.

Read more »

Blogpost on second laboratory on engaging with people with Dementia:

The ClowNexus Artistic Laboratory in Austria

Picture frames, foot choreographies and subtle movements:
The ClowNexus Artistic Laboratory in Austria

Wednesday morning, 9 am at the Grillhof educational institute in Innsbruck, Austria. It is the third day of the “Clownexus” Artistic Laboratory.

ClowNexus is a three-year project (November 2020-October 2023) in which eight European healthcare clown organisations explore how clowns and humor can build and facilitate social connections and better communication with people with dementia and children on the autism spectrum.

Read more »