Dementia Friendly Gallery Programme at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre with Sarah Cairns and Sarah Ruttle.
West Cork Arts Centre regularly invites people with dementia, their professional and /or family carers to participate in a facilitated experience exploring the current artwork and exhibition space.
This programme represents a new way for rural Ireland to involve people with dementia, their family members and carers in a local arts facility.
Our sessions are about making observations, describing and building connections. Allowing each person the time to comfortably observe and experience the space and artwork. Each bespoke session facilitates a small group and includes light refreshments as part of the social and friendly approach.
Artist Sarah Ruttle describes, ‘In the Picture is a purposeful investigation of artwork in the gallery. Each session we take time to look at the artwork on exhibit and share space for communication through the senses. We will explore together how we see, feel and react to the artwork.”
What the participants say…
Sheila a participant said, ‘it was very good; we walked around and looked at all the art. I would like to do more of these types of visits.’
Sheila’s Son states, ‘Mam comes home full of life and buzzing after the activity. I can see a huge difference in Mam when she returns.’
If you’re thinking of coming along or would like to discuss or book your visit
Call (028) 22090 firstname.lastname@example.org or check facebook events
Nursing home or care facility groups very welcome. Booking essential
This programme received an Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland Dementia Friendly Award in 2015 and is part of the Arts for Health Partnership Programme, West Cork.