Image shown: Creative Exchanges: Drawing workshop. Photo by Liz Harper.

Creative Exchanges: Drawing workshop. Photo by Liz Harper.

The Age & Opportunity Engage Programme team is hosting a new, two-day Creative Exchanges course designed for both activity co-ordinators working in residential or day care settings, and artists interested in engaging with older people in a care setting.

The course will take place on Wednesday 24 and 31 January 2024 (10am – 4pm daily) at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

What to Expect 
Creative Exchanges trains participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people. It will provide participants with:

  • An understanding of the value of creative activity, particularly in a care setting
  • Practical skills to carry out creative activities with people in residential and day care settings
  • Experience of taking part in arts-based workshops.

The course is designed to provide meaningful opportunities to engage older people in arts activities and adopts a person-centred approach promoted by HIQA’s National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People (2016).

Programme Overview 
The 2024 programme includes visual arts workshops with artist Caroline Schofield, a reminiscence theatre workshop with actress Gillian McCarthy, a movement workshop with dance artist and chorographer Philippa Donnellan, and sessions on creativity and wellbeing and attitudes to ageing with Brian Dooney from Age & Opportunity.

Course Fees
Creative Exchanges costs €350 per participant. As places are limited, the fee needs to be paid in advance to secure a place. On completion of the programme, a certificate will be provided by Age & Opportunity.

View the full programme and enrolment information at


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