Venue: Highlanes Gallery
Sponsor: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
Highlanes Gallery Launches Alzheimer Gallery Pilot Programme
On 21st September, to mark World Alzheimer's Day, Highlanes Gallery announced the launch of a new pilot programme developed especially for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Starting in October (2015), Highlanes Gallery, in conjunction with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, and with the support of the Franciscan Order, began series of monthly gallery-based sessions for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. These informal gallery sessions involve looking at artwork, and informal discussion with tea, coffee and cake.
They focus on a few selected works from the temporary exhibition programme and the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection. Through the programme people have an opportunity to look at art more closely, in a caring, friendly and social environment, discussing the pieces and giving their opinions in a non-judgemental setting.
This pilot programme has been run initially for people attending the Drogheda & South Louth Day Care Centre but over the last number of years in continuing the programme the gallery has also included others from Talbot Group Links and directly from carers and others interested in the programme.
Dementia-related diseases affect roughly 48,000 people in Ireland, leaves those living with it feeling isolated and often frustrated. By providing a friendly and inclusive environment in which people can freely participate in active discussion Highlanes Gallery hopes to allow participants, and their carers feel like a more active and visible part of the community.
Studies of previous programmes such as the Meet Me at Moma programme run by the Museum of Modern Art in New York have shown that art therapy and creative expression has been shown to benefit those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s, who show greater self-confidence and elevated moods in the weeks following the events.
These studies have led to the formulation of the Azure project, a joint effort between the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Age and Opportunity, and a number of Irish Galleries including Highlanes Gallery to increase support and awareness of dementia in Ireland.
If you are interested in the programme, please contact Hilary Kelly and Aoife Ruane at gallery on 041-9803311 and email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org