In the Picture
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 email@example.com 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.
About the Arts Educators
Artists Sarah Ruttle and Toma McCullim work with healthcare professional Sarah Cairns who has been working for many years in the field of Older Person Care. Sarah currently works as Activities Director in Bantry General Hospital. She has many qualifications in Dementia-care training including a diploma in Leadership in Dementia Care, holds a certificate in Older People in Dance and is presently on the training team and working as a tutor for Sonas apc.
In the Picture Dates 2023:
Culture Night Friday 22 September, 4 pm to 5 pm
Free events, booking essential firstname.lastname@example.org or 02822090
Exhibition: Pascal Ungerer, Speculative Artifacts
Pascal Ungerer is an Irish visual artist originally from West Cork. He has a background in lens-based media and in recent years has focused on developing his painting practice. His thematic interests are primarily concerned with spatial cultures in the context of peripherality and place. His work often examines the in-between spaces that lie at the intersection of the urban and rural.
Much of his most recent painting work looks at liminal landscapes in the hinterlands and on the margins of human habitation. He often looks at these landscapes ‘as temporal, with a cyclical flux between abandonment and emptiness, to development and habitation’. He is drawn to unusual structures and topographies as well as places that have storied, hidden or layered histories. For Pascal, many of these places represent a kind of ‘otherness’ in a sometimes bleak and foreboding environment.
Most of his paintings are fictional landscapes that amalgamate different places and ideas into a metaphorical space to reflect upon wider socio-geographic issues such as post-industrialisation, ecological degradation, and the Anthropocene, but these paintings are also intrinsically linked to the places and stories that have inspired them. He is interested in people’s connections to place and land and the wider perception of the natural and built environment and the interrelationship between these two contrasting spaces.
Friday 24th February, 11am – 12.30
Exhibition: Brian Fay The Most Recent Forever
Having recently undergone a shift in our own understanding of time and duration due to the pandemic, how we feel and experience time in different ways has resonated with so many of us. This exhibition provides a space for reflection on different ideas of time and how we might understand them, providing an overview of the artist’s drawing practice that has, for the last two decades, explored ideas of temporality, change and ephemerality in artworks as a way of standing in for our own experience of time.
This is a touring exhibition supported by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, in partnership with Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (lead partner) and Limerick City Gallery of Art.
· Experience first hand what your community has to offer people with dementia and other cognitive differences
· Engage in the process of viewing/interacting with art and culture - spark new conversations
· Be inspired and motivated to share your new experiences who live in the community and in care homes
· Encourage a cultural community in your healthcare setting
· Increase links into what is available in west cork for PWD
What the participants say…
Sheila says “It was very good, we walked around and looked at all the art and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I do a bit of art myself and would like to do more of these types of visits.” and Sheila’s son Finbarr Goggin, “this visit and indeed the other artistic ventures that Sheila is involved in have made a remarkable difference to her life. Spending a great deal of time at home leads to boredom and feelings of isolation but when mam is out and about participating in art and other cultural activities, she is at her best. She comes home full of life and buzzing from the activity. The In the Picture programme involves meaningful participation and I can see a huge difference in mam when she returns from such activities. A day or so after the visit, mam drew a haunting picture of a tree blowing during a gale.”
If you’re thinking of coming along or would like to discuss or book your visit. Nursing home or care facility groups are very welcome by arrangement.
Call (028) 22090 / email@example.com and ask for Louise.
Service is free of charge. Booking essential as there are limited places