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Art and Alzheimer's

Introduction

Dates + times

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Cost

FREE

Contacts

Art & Alzheimer's Outreach Program

Adriane Boag
Program coordinator
Learning and Access

02 6240 6632
adriane.boag@nga.gov.au

access@nga.gov.au

Nikki Main
Project Officer
Art and Alzheimer's Outreach Program
Learning and Access

02 6240 6432
nikki.main@nga.gov.au

Introduction | Background | Join Us | Outreach Program | What is Dementia?

The Art and Alzheimer's Program provides people living with dementia with an opportunity to connect with the world in enriching and life-enhancing ways. People living with dementia often become isolated. A discussion based tour of works of art provides intellectual stimulation and social inclusion. Participants are able to contribute knowledge, engage in interpretation, express emotions and recall memories. Participation can lead to an increase in well-being and quality of life.  

Established in 2007, the Art and Alzheimer's Program at the National Gallery of Australia has been delivering a variety of tours to suit people with different living arrangements and capabilities. The Gallery works closely with community based health professionals, residential care providers and directly with people living with dementia in the community to provide these programs.

Aims of the Art and Alzheimer's Program:

  • To promote well-being and quality of life through engagement with the visual arts
  • To provide intellectual stimulation in a socially inclusive environment
  • To reconnect people living with dementia to their sense of identity
  • To build community arts and health partnerships to improve the care for people living with dementia
  • To raise awareness of and reduce the social stigma associated with dementia

The Gallery’s philosophy for all access programs is reflected in the Art and Alzheimer’s tours, which focus on the participants’ abilities – abilities that often elicit surprise or joy in their carers.

Join us in one of the tours the Gallery offers for individuals and their carer, community groups or residential care groups.

The Gallery provides professional development and training for visual arts and health care workers.

image: Pacific Art Curator Crispin Howarth with students in the Collection Study Room

Introduction to Art and Alzheimer's

The Art and Alzheimer's DVD is an introduction to the program offered to gallery visitors living with dementia.

The understanding, communication and positive approach by Gallery educators when delivering these tours, can be seen in this six minute video, Art and Alzheimer's at the National Gallery. The joy and enthusiasm shared by the visitors with dementia is compelling.