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Age & Opportunity’s arts and culture programme wishes to engage an artist in residence within a care setting. This opportunity will enable the selected artist to develop their specific skills in relation to working in arts and health settings. The residency will take place in Saint Joseph’s Shankill, Dublin, the only care home in Ireland solely dedicated to dementia care. 

Age & Opportunity has a longstanding stake in the provision of creative activities in care settings through its Creative Exchanges programme and in relation to creating meaningful experiences for people with dementia in terms of its Azure programme. Building on a highly successful residency in 2017 with artist Joanna Hopkins at Orchard Day Care in Blackrock, Age & Opportunity, working with its Azure and Creative Exchanges programmes, and in association with the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, are once again offering an artist’s residency within a care setting for people with dementia. People with dementia have been selected as a group of people who Age & Opportunity feel would greatly benefit from an artist’s sustained engagement and as a group who are often ignored in relation to arts provision.

The artist selected will work closely with the residents over a medium length period of time (one to two months) with a view to opening up creative arts practice to the residents and in terms of supporting this specialist area of work. Specifically, the residency will combine the artist’s engagement of the older people in creative processes with his / her creative reflection on this.

Deadline for applications: 21 September 2018

Download the brief and application process here:’s-Residency-in-a-Care-Setting.pdf


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