Azure Project

 

Exploring greater inclusion of people with dementia in museums and galleries in Ireland

The Azure project, based on a collaboration between Age & Opportunity, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, the Butler Gallery Kilkenny, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), is exploring how greater inclusion for people with dementia could be made possible in an Irish cultural context.  
 
The project is inspired by the ‘Meet me at MoMA’ programme making art accessible to people with dementia, which is based at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Azure sought to practically explore the application of the ‘Meet me’ model in Ireland through piloting guided visits of art works in the Butler Gallery collection for people with dementia and their family, friends and carers. Based on this practical research, an evaluation report was produced. Please click on this link to read a report of our findings from this pilot project.
 
Building on the interest in this work The Alzheimer Society of Ireland worked with the project partners to host a workshop in May 2015 for staff working in museums and galleries across Ireland. Input was provide by various representatives from the partnership, the Meet Me at MoMa programme in New York, a person with dementia and various others that work in the arts in Ireland. The aim of the training was to build the capacity of staff from museums and galleries to be more dementia friendly and to provide them with the skills and knowledge needed to facilitate dementia-inclusive arts events. 
 
Following this training The Alzheimer Society of Ireland sought applications for our Dementia Friendly Communities Project from the museums and galleries involved in the training to award successful applicants a small award to facilitate them to undertake this work.  There will be more updates on this work provided as it develops.
 
The museums and galleries involved are as follows: IMMA, The Lab Gallery (Dublin), the Butler Gallery (Kilkenny), Highlanes Gallery (Drogheda), the Hunt Museum (Limerick) and Galway Arts Centre.
 

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