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Alzheimers & Dementia Azure – Drawing and Painting in the Collection

Friday, May 17, 2024

Join artist Claire Halpin in exploring art from our Exhibition, Drawing & Painting in the Collection: Push and Pull, from 11am


Join a lively and reflective discussion with artist Claire Halpin, in a participant-centred session, its ambition to create inclusive discussion around artwork.


Using Visual Thinking Strategies, the session is more a discussion where you can offer your opinion in what is going on in the artwork.


No prior knowledge or experience is needed and this is an enjoyable way of discovering more about an artwork and hearing what others have to say.


The session is free to book, an hour long, and in-person at the gallery.


About: For over five years, Highlanes Gallery has been involved in the Azure Programme developed especially for people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s.


Looking at the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection and Exhibition Programme, you will have an opportunity to look at art more closely in a caring, friendly and social environment, discussing the pieces and giving opinions in a non-judgmental setting.


Context: Dementia-related diseases affect roughly 48,000 people in Ireland, leaves those suffering from 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 those run by the Museum of Modern Art in New York have shown that art therapy and creative expression has been shown to benefit dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, 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 to increase support and awareness of dementia in Ireland.


If you want to discuss any aspect of what a session might involve, please contact Aoife Ruane on

  • Type: Exhibition,Morning Event,Talks
  • Time: May 17, 2024 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Duration:60 Minutes