Free art and dementia training in Forbes

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Participants in a workshop in Forbes in April will learn skills to facilitate guided tours of works of art for people living with dementia. They will begin the process of implementing a sustainable program in the Forbes area. Participants can be artists, volunteers or health workers.

When: Wednesday 27 April – Thursday 28 April 2016.

9am to 4:45pm – 9am to 4:30am.

Where: Jemalong Residential Village FORBES

Jemalong Residential Village, Arts OutWest and the National Gallery of Australia present a two-day training workshop for arts and health professionals as part of the National Gallery of Australia’s Art and Dementia Outreach Program.

The free Art and Dementia Training Workshop will develop specialised communication skills and will also include an introduction to understanding life with dementia by a dementia care professional.

“Partnerships established between arts professionals and health care providers during the workshop will ensure a sustainable program can be developed to support people living with dementia in the Forbes communities,” Arts OutWest arts and health coordinator Christine McMillan said.

“Looking at and talking about works of art provides opportunities for people living with dementia to connect with the world in enriching and life-enhancing ways. A guided visit to a gallery promotes social inclusion in an intellectually stimulating environment for people who may be isolated and lack opportunities for meaningful activities,” Ms McMillan said.

The Art and Dementia Outreach Program is based on the program developed at the National Gallery of Australia since 2007. The training workshop has been delivered in multiple regional and metropolitan art galleries and was recognised nationally through a Museums Australia MAGNA award presented for most innovative public program at the 2011 Museums Australia Conference, Perth.

Arts OutWest has previously worked with the National Gallery of Australia on a similar, award winning, art and dementia project.

The incidence of dementia is increasing and can be linked to the ageing of Australia’s population. Dementia is expected to become the largest source of disability burden in Australia by 2016. Nearly one million Australians are involved in the care of a family or friend with dementia. Programs for people living with dementia are therefore timely and relevant for the community. This program promotes well-being and increased quality of life.

The workshop is supported by Alzheimer’s Australia.

Bookings essential, places limited to 12 artists and 13 health professionals. For Information and bookings call Arts OutWest on 6338 4657 or artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

Image: from the NGA, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and Arts OutWest pilot arts and dementia program in 2013 Look Art Talk.