Armchair Azure Tours in Mayo

Armchair Azure Tours in Mayo

Mayo County Council Arts Service in partnership with local arts venues is delighted to announce Armchair Azure, a new series of free Dementia Inclusive Friendly virtual visual art tours.

For those living with dementia, the virtual visual art tours are an accessible way of engaging with art online. Tours are one-hour long and are guided by a trained dementia inclusive facilitator who will guide participants through a selection of visual artworks while actively encouraging conversation and responses to each work.

Tours are for those living with Dementia in Mayo but people are welcome and encouraged to share and experience the tour with a family member, a friend or a carer.

This opportunity has come about following extensive training undertaken by the participating venues in 2020, kindly supported by Creative Ireland Mayo. The training was delivered by the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), who are one of the lead partners of the Azure programme. The national partnership also includes Age & Opportunity and the programme aims to make art more accessible by exploring how people with dementia-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, and the people who care for them, can participate in cultural activities.

These are virtual tours that take place in the comfort of your own home on Zoom. Zoom is a video software that allows you to meet participants virtually. To join you will need internet access and a laptop or tablet with a camera. If you are unfamiliar with using Zoom, check these guidelines for help or you can contact Katriona Gillespie at Mayo Arts Office on 094 9064666.

If you or someone you know is living with Dementia and you would like to know more about the virtual visual art tours or would like to book onto a tour, simply contact Katriona Gillespie at Mayo County Council Arts Service at mayoarts@mayococo.ie or phone 094 9064666. We will be happy to answer your questions.

Tours will take place at 11am on the following dates:

April 19th and 26th | May 04th and 17th | June 07th

This KEEP WELL campaign is brought to you with thanks to Healthy Ireland an initiative of the Government of Ireland with funding from the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Sláintecare fund delivered by Pobal.

 

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