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The National Centre for Arts and Health is delighted to announce a unique project and event entitled Arts and Alzheimers. Renowned composer Ian Wilson and members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra are returning to the hospital for a residency during which Wilson will complete a triptych of works based on the illnesses of older age – stroke, dementia and Parkinson’s disease. He is joined once again by members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, lead by Kenneth Rice, violinist, who will perform a varied programme for patients in the Age Related Day Hospital as well as offering open rehearsals of Ian’s new work. Artist Lucia Barnes has also recently completed a residency focusing on working with people with dementia. 

These residencies will culminate in a national seminar, Arts and Alzheimers, to be held on Wednesday, 28 November from 2.30 – 5.30pm at the Royal College of Physicians Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin. Wilson’s new work will be performed and Barnes’ work will be on exhibition. Composition and fine art students are an integral component of this project as they shadow artists in residence and learn about the role of arts in health-care, with particular reference to patients with dementia. This project is kindly supported by the Meath Foundation and is a Dublin City of Science event. Partners include NUI Maynooth and The Carers Assocation Ireland.

The seminar will report on the experiences of bringing artists and composers together with people with dementia, their carers and healthcare staff and explore the role of the arts in understanding and supporting the experiences of people with dementia.

Date: Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Time: 2.30 – 5.30pm

Location: Royal College of Physicians Ireland

Tickets will be limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. To book a place email


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