Dementia Friendly Tours of Cultural Institutions
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 & Opportunity, The 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:
- Arts & Disability Forum, Northern Ireland
- Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
- Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
- Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
- DLR Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Arts Office
- Galway Art Centre, Galway
- The Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda
- The Hunt Museum, Limerick
- Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin
- The LAB, Dublin City Arts Office
- The Luan Gallery, Athlone
- The National Gallery of Art, Dublin
- West Cork Art Centre, Co. Cork
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 HarkinArt & Ageing FellowIMMA
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