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In the Picture

Arts for Health West Cork

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 info@westcorkartscentre.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.

Our next In the Picture

Coming Home Art and the Great Hunger

Friday 28 September, 11:00am

In the Picture invites people living with dementia and their family, friends or professional carers to visit an exhibition to look and discuss with others in a safe and welcoming environment.

These special tours are about making observations, describing and building connections. Allowing each person the time to comfortably observe and experience the space and artwork. This seated tour includes light refreshments as part of the social and friendly approach.

About the exhibition and facilitator…

This session is delivered by our artist facilitator Sarah Ruttle and care professional Sarah Cairns, and takes place in galleries I & II at Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, an exhibition
selected from the collection of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, the largest Famine-related art collection in existence.

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger will be shown in three locations in Ireland only – at Dublin Castle (March -June 2018), at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen from 20 July to 13 October 2018 and finally at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry (January-March 2019).

The exhibition of artworks at Uillinn, including work by major Irish and Irish American artists of the past 170 years such as Daniel Macdonald, Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, William Crozier, Hughie O’Donoghue, Dorothy Cross and Alanna O’Kelly, will be accompanied by a rich and diverse programme of performances, talks, lectures and events at Uillinn, and off-site in other locations in West Cork. These will resonate with the history and legacy of the Great Hunger and also amplify the contemporary themes explored in the exhibition. The themes include famine, the politics of food, poverty, displacement of peoples, refugees, emigration, identity, memory and loss.

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.”

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.

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