A series of sessions entitled Here and Now will take place on Fridays in 2015 in the West Cork Arts Centre gallery setting where people with dementia, their professional and /or family carers are invited to participate in facilitated discussions about a selection of artworks on exhibit. Each bespoke session will welcome small groups over a course of four exhibitions. The sessions are facilitated by Sarah Ruttle and Sarah Cairns.

Artist Sarah Ruttle describes …'”Here and Now” is a purposeful investigation of artwork in the gallery. Each session we take time to look at the artwork on exhibit and share space for communication through the senses. We will explore together how we see, feel and react to the artwork, we will look at the artist’s intention, feeling and purpose.’

Visual artist Sarah Ruttle, works on the Arts for Health Partnership Programme as a facilitating artist within community hospitals and day care settings in West Cork. During 2014 she was awarded an Arts Participation Bursary Award by the Arts Council to carry out a research on confidentiality, decision making and consent within an Arts and Health context.

Based in West Cork, Sarah Cairns has been working for many years in the field of Older Person Care. A qualified Shiatsu therapist, Sarah also holds a certificate in Older people in Dance. She currently works as Activities Director in Bantry Hospital. Sarah has many qualifications in Dementia-care training including a diploma in Leadership in Dementia Care, and is presently on the training team and working as a tutor for Sonas apc.

This programme is supported by an Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland Dementia Friendly Award and is part of the Arts for Health Partnership Programme, West Cork. West Cork Arts Centre is fully accessible with a hearing aid loop facility.

For further information contact West Cork Arts Centre, Uillinn, Skibbereen, County Cork on 02822090 or see www.westcorkartscentre.com


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