Reimagining Sleep

Understanding and Reimagining Sleep and Its Disorders

A creative workshop series and art exhibition exploring the lived experience of sleep

Understanding and Reimagining Sleep and Its Disorders is a public engagement project led by Dr Diletta Cristofaro and funded by Wellcome (Research Enrichment – Public Engagement grant). Hosted by Northumbria University and run in partnership with The Sleep Charity, the project consists in a creative workshop series (February-April 2023), an interactive online art exhibition open to visitors’ contributions and featuring toolkits and resources, and a physical exhibition at Newcastle upon Tyne’s City Library (level 2) from 14th to 28th March 2024.

Project’s phases:

1. Creative workshop series

3. Exhibition at Newcastle’s City Library

Project’s aims:

Facilitating knowledge-sharing around sleep issues

Fostering well-being through creative expression

Increasing public understanding of sleep disorders and their impact

Meet the Team

Dr Diletta De Cristofaro

Principal Investigator

Diletta is a Research Fellow at Northumbria University and leads the project. She is an expert in literary and cultural representations of sleep.

Prof Jason Ellis

Core Collaborator

Jason is the Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research. He has worked in sleep medicine for around 20 years.

Chiara Dellerba

Artist & Creative Producer

Chiara’s work focuses on ecology, slowing down and collective-care practices.

Dr Pam Alfonso-Miller

Core Collaborator

Pam is Postgraduate Associate at Northumbria University and an expert in sleep medicine, with a particular focus on children.

Dr Greg Elder

Core Collaborator

Greg is Associate Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research. His work on sleep is particularly concerned with healthy ageing.

Dr James Rákóczi

Research Assistant

James is a researcher who works across the fields of literature, philosophy, disability studies, and critical medical humanities.

Vicki Beevers

Advisor

Vicki is the Founder and CEO of The Sleep Charity, our partner on the project. She sits on the Board of the British Paediatric Sleep Association and has been involved in a number of research studies around sleep.

Lisa Artis

Advisor

Lisa is the Deputy CEO of The Sleep Charity, our partner on the project. She has worked in the realm of sleep for more than 10 years and previously headed up The Sleep Council.