Dementia inclusive galleries training

This one-day training event was developed in partnership by Luminate and Engage Scotland to provide an overview to being dementia aware and making your venue space, staff and programmes dementia inclusive.

The training covered:

  • A rights-based approach to making the arts accessible for people with dementia
  • The importance of undertaking basic dementia awareness training with all staff in an organisation/venue where possible
  • Sharing good practice
  • Practical approaches to making galleries more dementia friendly

The programme featured:

  • key-note presentation on arts and dementia from Dr Andrew Newman, Professor of Cultural Gerontology at Newcastle University
  • dementia awareness training from Age Scotland
  • practice sharing session with colleagues from arts organisations already delivering dementia inclusive activities: Meg Faragher, Communities Learning Coordinator, National Galleries of Scotland; Irvine, Learning and Participation Coordinator (Dementia Friendly Projects) The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh; Anne Marie Quinn, Dolphin Project Coordinator, An Talla Solais, Ullapool

We would like to thank Age Scotland and our speakers for their support and input.

It has given me a better understanding of working with people living with dementia and what difficulties they experience in their lives and accessing cultural venues.

A really well programmed event with engaging and passionate speakers. Timings were perfect and a really great venue.

Participant comments

This event reflects Engage Scotland’s ongoing commitment to the policy demands of the Visual Arts Sector Manifesto launched in partnership with SCAN and the Scottish Artists Union.

Particularly relevant are:

  • We maintain that learning can play a nourishing and vital role for all of us, throughout our lives.
  • We believe that art is vital for the health and wellbeing of individuals and society.

About Luminate

Luminate is Scotland’s creative ageing organisation. Our vision is that all older people in Scotland are able to access high quality arts and creative activities whatever their background and circumstances and wherever they live.

We deliver a year-round programme of events and activities which celebrates creativity as we age and reflects and values older people as audiences, participants and artists.

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