You will experience a friendly and relaxed atmosphere throughout your visit. IMMA’s experienced facilitators are specifically trained to offer Azure tours and are fully understanding and supportive of the particular needs of people living with dementia.
When you arrive at reception for an Azure tour, you will be greeted by Aidan, Barry, Trish and Caroline. After a brief introductory chat, they will bring you to one of IMMA’s current exhibitions to begin your tour, which lasts forty-five minutes.
Beginning the tour
Up to five works of Art will be carefully selected beforehand by your facilitators, all connected by a theme. Your facilitator will give you background information about the artists and artworks and there will be plenty of time to take in the works on display at an unhurried pace.
Taking a closer look
You will be invited to express your opinions and those who would like to share their ideas and personal connections will be supported to do so in their own time. Artworks can trigger lots of reactions and discussions are welcome. On the other hand, some visitors prefer to absorb the artworks quietly, and that’s fine too. Each conversation, in front of an art work, will last for 10-15 minutes.
Relax over a cup of tea
The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Afterwards you are invited to join IMMA staff for complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits in the Kemp Sisters IMMA Café. The Café is situated in the old kitchens of the Royal Hospital, another great talking point. We will take a short stroll across the courtyard to reaching the café, which is fully accessible by lift.
Chairs will be supplied throughout the galleries, and there are lifts and access for wheelchairs in both buildings. IMMA can provide manual wheelchairs if pre-booked. Please contact Caroline via email [email protected] or phone 01-612 9955 in advance of visiting if you have particular requirements regarding access.
Getting to IMMA
You can find out more information about how to reach IMMA, including a google map here.
You can pre-book your attendance in advance, or you can just drop in. We know schedules can change so don’t worry if you need to cancel a booking closer to the time.
You can book for an Azure tour by contacting Bairbre Ann via email to [email protected] or phone 01-612 9955.