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Arts and Dementia Program

OUR VISION

To enrich the lives and enhance the continued learning of people living with dementia, through engagement with the arts and hands on creative activities in an accessible and inclusive community setting. The Arts & Dementia Program at Lismore Regional Gallery is a creative ageing program designed to assist people living with dementia to participate in engaging arts and cultural experiences. Bringing together people from all walks of life, the program aims to encourage creative thinking, ignite cognitive activity, (re)kindle art making skills, and create connection through the sharing of stories.

The Arts program is free and runs for approx. 2 hours, this includes a gallery tour that focuses on two artworks, then participants will have morning tea in our event space or artist studio, followed by an arts-based activity.

Ongoing culturally or personally significant activities such as connecting with art in a public space, can promote self -esteem, dignity and wellbeing in people living with Dementia. Because of this we encourage groups to book in for four visits, each visit taking place once a month. This sustained commitment to the program is highly beneficial to participants experience and adds value to our tour facilitator’s knowledge of the individual participants, providing for a more tailored and positive experience for the group.

OUR ARTS AND DEMENTIA PROGRAM FACILITATOR

Jo Swepson is our Arts and Dementia Program Facilitator. Jo is a highly creative, technically skilled, community minded artist and arts facilitator, who has been working with the Lismore Arts and Dementia program since its inception in August 2018. Jo has undertaken training with Dementia Australia and The National Gallery of Australia: Arts & Dementia team and is a registered Dementia Friend. Jo is passionate about the program’s potential to enrich the lives and enhance the wellbeing of people living with Dementia in our local community.

OUR VENUE

The Lismore Regional Gallery building is a wheelchair accessible venue, our team of staff and volunteers pride themselves on creating an inclusive and welcoming space for all members of our community. All the staff and volunteers who work on the Arts and Dementia Tour program have undertaken training with Dementia Australia NSW and the National Gallery of Australia.

ART AND DEMENTIA TOURS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS AND TIMES:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday

Morning session: 10am - 12pm

Afternoon Session: 1pm - 3pm

Cost: Free

*Please note that the Gallery is officially closed to public on Mondays, providing an opportunity for a quieter session for visitors with sensory sensitivities to experience the Gallery with fewer people and reduced noise.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Please complete the BOOKING FORM and return it to art.gallery@lismore.nsw.gov.au

If you need more information please contact our Community Engagement Officer, Claudie Frock: m: 0423 400 753, E: claudie@artsnorthernrivers.com.au