Mission / Aims
The National Gallery of Ireland’s Arts & Health programming recognizes the significant health benefits that engagement with creative practices can have for our community at large, enhancing individual wellbeing while also developing social cohesion.
We strive to offer a wide range of inclusive engagement opportunities, with the aim of encouraging people to tap into their own creative potential. We want to assist everyone, regardless of age or ability, to access and utilize our national collection to their personal advantage, providing fulfilling and enjoyable experiences that support a holistic approach to wellbeing.
Areas of activities
- Inclusive and accessible programming, facilitating engagement of members of the public with physical disabilities, such as regular tours for people who are visually impaired, hard of hearing, deaf, suffering from chronic pain.
- Specifically tailored workshops and courses for people with intellectual disabilities, working closely with trained professional artists and facilitators.
- Offsite, participatory workshops provided in healthcare settings, including hospitals, mental health facilities, hospices, community hubs etc.
- Dementia inclusive programming
- Workshops for those with sensory processing disorder; National Gallery of Ireland is accredited as autism friendly with As I Am
- Tours and workshops promoting mindful practices and meditation; yoga classes at the Gallery.
- Early years activities, both on and offsite, supporting child development.