Azure

Dementia Friendly Tours of Cultural Institutions

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Everyone is entitled to be an active cultural participant at all stages of life.  Our aim is to make art galleries and museums around Ireland dementia-friendly spaces.

What is Azure ?

Tours for people living with dementia – designed to improve  access and enhance their experience of cultural initiatives in Ireland’s galleries and museums.

How does it work?

We explore 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. 

We partner with galleries and museums to facilitate and optimise access and experience for people living with dementia. Azure tours give people living with dementia and those close to them, the opportunity to visit the museum together. While there, they can join others and share an experience, facilitated by the understanding and support of museum and gallery staff.

Originally initiated through collaboration between Age & OpportunityThe Alzheimer Society of Ireland, the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, and IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) the Azure network has now expanded to numerous arts venues nationwide.   

How can I get involved?

For more information or for upcoming Azure tours, please contact the relevant cultural institution in your area:

Contact

For information speak to Fiona Holohan in our Engage team.

  01 805 7798
 fiona.holohan@ageandopportunity.ie

  • What do people say about Azure?

    Azure is about trying to create moments where, at least during the programme, people stop being ‘the person with dementia and their carer’ and, in some ways, go back to being husband and wife, mother and son, father and daughter, sister and brother. Programmes like this allow for that moment, and that is a real privilege to see.

    Bairbre-Ann Harkin
    Art & Ageing Fellow
    IMMA

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Bespoke Training

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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 here.

Engage Initiatives:

AgeWise Workshops

An education and peer leadership initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities. Find out more here.

Touchstone

An eight week (over eight half days) training course –  for  people aged 50+ , designed to help make a difference within local organisations including skills on lobbying, research and working with the media. Find out more here.

Aging With Confidence

Six week course (over six half days) – for older people in local communities – designed to increase confidence, encourage reflection and share experiences.  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.

Changing Gears

A six week course for people in mid- career or anticipating retirement.  Changing Gears is about building resilience, taking stock, making changes, bouncing back and moving on in life. Find out more here.

Bespoke Training

Bespoke training, advice and mentoring in the areas of arts, physical activity, active citizenship and lifelong learning.  We can tailor a programme to your/your organisation’s needs. Find out more here.

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 here.

Learning, education and engaging with your local community offers a number of benefits including

  • happiness and empowerment
  • mental wellbeing
  • increased self-awareness and expression
  • development of new skills and interests
  • providing a sense of self control
  • social connection
  • reduced depression and anxiety
  • reduced stress levels
  • improved cognition
  • sense of identity and personhood
  • increased self-esteem and confidence

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