International Conference: Arts & Dementia: A European Perspective
Tuesday, 4 July 2017 10am – 5pm The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle
Arts & Dementia – A European Perspective Conference Programme
What role do artists, museums and galleries play in a dementia-friendly society? What is the value of arts programming for people living with dementia and their families and carers? How can innovative, creative thinkers make a positive impact on the lives of people living with dementia and their families and carers?
Butler Gallery is a founding member of the Azure Network, alongside Age & Opportunity, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. This collaborative partnership has been active in exploring the potential for greater participation of people with dementia in cultural settings in Ireland since 2012. In 2015, Butler Gallery became a project partner of the European Project, Museums, Art & Alzheimer’s (MA&A, implemented 2015-2017).
As part of a series of events hosted by MA&A project partners around Europe, this event examined these questions through a series of presentations, a panel discussion and interactive workshops.
Contributors included; Clive Parkinson (Dir. Of Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University), Cristina Bucci (Museo Marino Marini, Florence), Prof. Eamon O’Shea (Director of the Centre for Economic & Social Research on Dementia at the National University of Ireland Galway), Helen O’Donoghue (Senior Curator, Head of Engagement & Learning Programmes, Irish Museum of Modern Art), Ronan Smith (Irish Dementia Working Group), Ríonach Ní Néill (Galway Dancer in Residence 2010-17 / Dance Curator, Firkin Crane Cork), Caroline Schofield (Artist-in-Residence 2016, Waterford Healing Arts Trust)
Interactive workshops included; Exploring Azure Dementia-Friendly Art Tours (Irish Museum of Modern Art), In the Picture at Uillinn (West Cork Art Centre), Poetry and Art (Marino Marini Museum Florence)
Download the programme of the event.