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Artist in Residence in a Care Setting - call for submissions from care settings

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Call for Submissions from Care Settings for Age & Opportunity's Bealtaine Festival Artist in Residence Programme

Image: Joanna Hopkins, artist in residence 2017, Orchard Day Care, Blackrock

Image: Joanna Hopkins, artist in residence 2017, Orchard Day Care, Blackrock


The Bealtaine Festival wishes to create an opportunity for a publicly-funded care setting, its residents and staff to engage creatively with a visual artist over the course of a number of months.

The Festival also wishes to offer an opportunity for an artist to develop their specific skills in relation to working in arts and health settings. Care settings around Ireland will apply for this unique opportunity based on an open competition.

Artists will apply separately for this residency once the care setting is selected.

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.

In 2017, Bealtaine, working with Azure, Creative Exchanges and in association with the Waterford Healing Arts Trust have developed an artist’s residency within a care setting that specialises in caring for older people with dementia. We have selected those people who have early-stage dementia, as a group of people who we feel would greatly benefit from an artist’s sustained engagement and as a group who are often ignored in relation to arts provision.

How can Care Settings Apply?

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 20th August

Contact for further information on the application process.

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