The Bealtaine Festival, celebrating creativity as we age, has awarded visual artist Joanna Hopkins the inaugural Bealtaine Artist’s Residency in a care setting. Bealtaine, working with Azure, Creative Exchanges and in association with the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), have developed this artist’s residency within a care setting that specialises in caring for older people with dementia.
Joanna will engage with the Orchard Day Care Centre in Blackrock, Co. Dublin and its residents over four months. Central to Joanna’s interest is the function and importance of the garden at Orchard Day Care Centre. Working with visitors and staff at the centre, Joanna will be creating sensory audio artworks using garden plants.
Interactive objects that reflect participants’ everyday experiences will also be developed. Having researched the brain and through previous workings with dementia patients, Joanna will underpin her work with reminiscence and memory, triggering this through sensory stimulation.
Joanna’s residency will commence in September 2017.