Artist Residency

in Care Settings

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We hope to foster an understanding of the value of the arts and creative activity, particularly in a care setting, and demonstrate and celebrate the positive impact of ageing creatively.

What is the Artist Residency?

This initiative aims to nurture a meaningful and sustained creative engagement between an artist (or artists) and the residents, families and staff of care settings

Our focus is on older people with dementia as a community who would particularly benefit from an artist’s sustained engagement, and a group often ignored in relation to arts provision.

How does it work?

This initiative offers an opportunity for the staff and clients of a care setting to engage creatively with an artist over time, supporting the client, the artist and the care setting in a nurturing and inclusive environment.

Over the course of a few months, the artist(s) works with the staff and clients of a care setting. The duration of the residency ensures that the artists spends a significant amount of time in the care setting to build up a relationship with the residents and staff.

In 2019, Age & Opportunity will run a number of residencies in care settings nationwide, made possible through funding provided by the Creative Ireland National Creativity Fund, HSE Lottery Funding, and the Arts Council.

These residencies aim to make arts and creativity intrinsic to life-in-care settings for older people, particularly those who live outside major urban areas and in hard-to-reach situations.

How can I get involved?

Six residencies will take place across the country during 2019 and we will be inviting both care settings and interested artists to apply. 

Once the care setting is selected, artists apply to that care setting and following shortlisting, are interviewed in the care setting before a ‘match’ is made.

The call out for care settings closed in June and now we are inviting artists to apply Full details can be found below, and submissions should be emailed to margaret.roe@ageandopportunity.ie 

The deadline for applications from artists has been extended to 16th August 2019. To keep up to date on this, and all our opportunities, why not sign up to our newsletter here.

Contact

For information speak to our Arts team.

 01 805 7733
kim.chew@ageandopportunity.ie

Image from our 2017 residency in the Orchard Day Centre in Blackrock, with artist Joanna Hopkins.

Image from our 2017 residency in the Orchard Day Centre in Blackrock, with artist Joanna Hopkins.

Image from our 2018 residency in St. Joseph's, Shankill with the Fairland Artist Collective

Image from our 2018 residency in St. Joseph's, Shankill with the Fairland Artist Collective

Image from our 2017 residency in the Orchard Day Centre in Blackrock, with artist Joanna Hopkins.

Image from our 2017 residency in the Orchard Day Centre in Blackrock, with artist Joanna Hopkins.

  • Through our mentoring and support, we facilitate the artists to work more confidently in this sensitive environment and support the care staff to consider more creative ways of approaching their work. We also hope to explore and push the boundaries in relation to opportunities for activity, creativity, visibility of older people in Ireland, a key objective in Age & opportunity’s new Strategic Plan 2018 – 2020.

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    Tara Byrne
    Arts Programme Manager
    Age & Opportunity
  • The work of our artist in residence brought meaningful artistic participation to persons with dementia . Dementia can be isolating but I observed this creative engagement empower the persons with dementia and ensure their story was heard. 

    Clodagh Whelan
    The Orchard Care Centre, Blackrock

Arts Initiatives:

Bealtaine Festival

A month long festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists, and community groups, working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

Artist in Residence in a Care Setting

This opportunity creates access to the arts for older people in care settings as well as supporting artists working in care settings. Find out more here.

Visual Arts Residency

Our visual arts residencies encourage creative relationships between professional artists and artists with learning disabilities, and support professional artists as part of their ongoing practice. Find out more here.

Creative Exchanges

QQI Level 6 Training Course which trains participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here.

Cultural Companions

Creates local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Workshops & Classes

Workshops which offer older people the chance to engage with literature, dance, the visual arts and music. Find out more.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, and the people who care for them, can have a deeper involvement in cultural institutions and can participate in cultural activities. Find out more.

Annual Bealtaine Gathering

An event bringing together our local and national Bealtaine Festival partners for a day of networking, inspiration, discussion and feedback on the festival. Find out more.

Arts Initiatives:

Bealtaine Festival

A month long festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists, and community groups, working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

Artist in Residence in a Care Setting

This opportunity creates access to the arts for older people in care settings as well as supporting artists working in care settings. Find out more here.

Visual Arts Residency

Our visual arts residencies encourage creative relationships between professional artists and artists with learning disabilities, and support professional artists as part of their ongoing practice. Find out more here.

Creative Exchanges

QQI Level 6 Training Course which trains participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here

Cultural Companions

Creates local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Workshops & Classes

Workshops which offer older people the chance to engage with literature, dance, the visual arts and music. Find out more.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, and the people who care for them, can have a deeper involvement in cultural institutions and can participate in cultural activities. Find out more.

Annual Bealtaine Gathering

An event bringing together our local and national Bealtaine Festival partners for a day of networking, inspiration, discussion and feedback on the festival. Find out more here. Find out more.

We believe that, whether you are 8 or 80 years old, we all should have access and opportunities to attend and participate in the arts and to realise our creative potential. Fresh thinking, bold experimentation and creativity are all fundamental to delivering a high quality of life for older people.

Research shows that arts programmes involving music, visual arts and drama, among other activities, have a profound influence on the quality of life of older people, with positive impacts on health, psychological well-being, confidence and autonomy as well as other benefits such as:

  • happiness
  • mental wellbeing
  • reduced stress
  • improved cognition
  • sense of identity and personhood
  • increased self-esteem and confidence
  • reduced boredom.

Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website

Our Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website