Image shown: Irish Dementia Working Group on an Azure Tour at IMMA. Photo credit: Killian Waters.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is hosting an Art & Ageing Seminar on 3 October 2019 which will mark the culmination of its two-year Art & Ageing Fellowship. The seminar offers an opportunity for participants to engage with experts across the arts, the medical field and dementia-care sector in an exploration of value driven, rights-based approaches to accessible arts programming.  

IMMA’s mission is to connect audiences and art, providing an extraordinary space in Ireland where contemporary life and contemporary art connect, challenge and inspire one another. With 11 people per day being diagnosed with dementia in Ireland, IMMA believes that a diagnosis of dementia should not result in the exclusion of those people from this extraordinary space. The Art & Ageing Fellowship provided IMMA with a timely opportunity to investigate what the museum needs to put in place to best ensure parity of access and assist people with dementia to connect, be challenged and inspired by our collection and exhibitions.

Over the course of the Fellowship, IMMA Fellow Bairbre-Ann Harkin worked with people living with dementia, their families, friends and professional careers, inviting them to have their say and contribute to the development of IMMA’s dementia-inclusive programme. This action research threw up pertinent questions about the place and role of older people and people living with dementia in our museums and cultural spaces. This seminar provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on what IMMA learned, speaking to key stakeholders and exploring questions arising out of the Fellows’ research.

Speakers include:

  • Emily Pringle, Head of Research, Tate
  • Dr Ann Leahy, Researcher and Policy Analyst
  • Dr David Robinson, Consultant Geriatrician, St James’ Hospital
  • Tina Leonard, Head of Advocacy and Public Affairs, Alzheimer Society of Ireland
  • Ronan Smith, Chair of Irish Dementia Working Group
  • Jacinta Dixon, IDWG

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