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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 ?

Azure improves access for people with dementia-related conditions to Ireland’s galleries and museums and enhances their experience of these cultural institutions.

How does it work?

Azure tours give people living with dementia and those close to them the opportunity to visit museums and galleries together. While there, they can join others to share an experience facilitated by trained museum and gallery staff.

Azure originated through collaboration between Age & Opportunity; The Alzheimer Society of Ireland; the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; and IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art). We work with these partners to train museum and gallery staff with the skills needed to deliver arts participation experiences for persons living with dementia.

The Azure network has now expanded to numerous arts venues nationwide.   

How can I get involved?

There are two ways to get involved with Azure – as a curator in an arts venue or by participating in an Azure tour.

Age & Opportunity focuses on training curators and volunteers in cultural institutions to lead Azure tours. Please get in touch with us to find out more and book your place.

If you are interested in taking an Azure tour please contact one of our participating arts venues:

Contact

For information contact Fiona in our Engage Team via e-mail engage@ageandopportunity.ie 

  01 913 3922
engage@ageandopportunity.ie

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A five 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.

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