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Whether you are a formal learner, or just curious to find out more, we can help you to engage with creativity, conceptual thinking and cultural meaning at IMMA.

Art & Ageing

In partnership with Creative Ireland, IMMA is pleased to provide a new arts programme for older people. This new programme offers a variety of engaging creative events, workshops and resources for older people. This programme delivers a range of free, inclusive arts-based activities as part of an effort to counteract the social side-effects of the pandemic.

This new partnership seeks to address some of the challenges around cocooning and social distancing by enabling access to meaningful cultural encounters and arts experiences, both at home and in residential settings via a range of digital and non-digital means.

Commenting on the need for creative activity for older people, Minister Catherine Martin T.D. said:

“The effect of the pandemic on our older citizens has been devastating. Through necessity they have had to isolate themselves away from family and friends and in doing so have lost the social links that generate contentment, confidence and mental wellbeing. My department knows the arts and creative programmes can help to rebuild the social connections that have been lost.”

For more information, please email [email protected] or phone 01 612 9955.


IMMA’s long-standing partnerships with Age & Opportunity, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and HSE’s Understand Together programme will enable us to reach further with this programme, ensuring that it reaches older people who may not have participated in IMMA programming before now.

Our partnership to date has strengthened each organisation’s ability to connect and co-create opportunities and services for older people in general and people living with dementia. Together we have developed resources and training programmes for people working across a number of interrelated services and continue to provide professional support for Carers, Artists, Activity co coordinators and others working to support sustained access to art and creativity for older people living in our communities.

Art & Ageing Outcome Report, 2021

Art & Ageing Outcome Report, 2021

Since its founding in 1991, IMMA’s Engagement and Learning Department has pioneered the development of programming for older people in museums and galleries in Ireland. It has demonstrated its commitment and capacity to deliver innovative, impactful programming, and has successfully established itself as the leading authority in this space.

In Autumn 2020, IMMA in-partnership with The Creative Ireland Programme launched a new inclusive Art programme, Art & Ageing, to help older adults and people living with dementia to combat the social side effects of the global pandemic. The programme was aimed at both adults cocooning in their home, as well as older adults living in a residential setting. The programme featured a series of inclusive and interactive online activities, each meant to introduce new individuals to the IMMA Collection and to stimulate engaging conversation with participants about Contemporary Art.

To understand what changed for participants and stakeholders alike, as well as to gather feedback that would enable IMMA to further innovate its activities, research into Art & Ageing was commissioned. Over three months, participants, as well as Activity Coordinators, staff and volunteers working with older people completed an online survey designed to measure outcomes and gather qualitative feedback about Art & Ageing.

To read the full report click here.

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Creative Ireland

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