ARTzheimer’s is a unique art exhibition detailing one man’s journey through Alzheimer’s. Dublin born artist Leo Casey was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about eight years ago. The curator of Artzheimer’s, Eimear Farrell, became great friends with Leo Casey during her work with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Their friendship grew over their mutual love of art. Sadly, Leo passed away three months ago. This exhibition is a testimonial of Leo’s journey through, what can only be described as a debilitating and most cruel disease. But like everything in life, where there is darkness, there is also light. Artzheimer’s opening night is on the 17 November at 7pm and will run until 5 December in the historical surroundings of Aras Chronain Irish Cultural Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.
We opened our doors to the very first ARTzheimer’s exhibition on 4 July in St. Catherine’s Church in Thomas Street, Dublin 8, with over two hundred people attending the opening night. After the Dublin events are completed, we move onto the following places: Cork, Galway, Dingle, Belfast, Limerick, The Arab Emirates and finally finish in New York. There are over thirty-five homegrown and international artists/creative collaborators involved in this exhibition, with many more to be announced for future dates along the Artzheimer’s calendar. Renowned Photographers, Street/Graffiti Artists, Painters, Performers, Film Makers and Sculptures are just some of the people involved.
For this particular exhibition, we have opened up our artistic space to the local primary & secondary schools of Clondalkin. We are giving students of St. Joseph’s BNS & Colaiste Bride Girls Secondary School, a chance to submit pieces of artwork for Artzheimer’s and become part of the overall exhibition as it travels around the world. This will be a unique opportunity for some of the students who take part. The diversity surrounding this exhibition, we believe, will revolutionise the way we view Alzheimer’s and the real people behind the disease.
Amongst many key supporters and sponsors of Artzheimer’s, we are delighted to announce that Emily O’ Reilly (European Ombudsman) has given her full support behind this exhibition.
Please find further details of the event and information about us at the following website: www.thefivesensesforalzheimers.com