Art & Dementia program

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In 2015 the National Gallery of Australia will deliver the Art and Dementia Outreach Program training workshop in Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Mandurah Art Gallery and Geraldton. These workshops have been made possible with assistance from the McCusker Charitable Foundation in partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal.

In 2010 the National Gallery of Australia, with the assistance of a community grant from the Department of Health and Ageing and the Thyne Reid Foundation developed the Art and Dementia Program. The Outreach Program assists remote, regional and urban centres to develop a gallery program for people living with dementia. A two-day training workshop has been developed for health care and visual arts workers to forge connections in order to tailor a visual arts program for people living with dementia within their own communities.

Skills to deliver a Gallery tour for this audience are shared, observed and practiced during the two-day workshop program.

Healthcare providers gain an understanding of the value of a visit to a Gallery, enabling them to give an informed description of the tours to their clients and management. Health care providers play a key role in building confidence for people living with dementia to participate.

The outcome is to establish the partnerships necessary for a solid foundation for the program in each region.

The Art and Dementia Program training workshop includes an introduction to the effects of dementia delivered by a local healthcare professional, assisting Gallery workers to gain an understanding of the cognitive and social challenges experienced by people with a diagnosis of dementia.

Adriane Boag
Program coordinator
Learning and Access
02 6240 6632

Supported by

The National Gallery of Australia's Art and Dementia program is supported by Goodwin Aged Care.