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Artful Collaborations

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Friday, March 29, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:00

“Art helped settle me down. Yes, I forget people's names, but when I'm doing art I am suddenly in a different environment. It is all calm and I can think. The stress just dies away.”–– Artful participant 

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) received a grant in 2015 from the Vincent Fairfax Foundation that led to the development of Artful - a three year research program for people living with dementia and their care partners. Working with the Brain and Mind Centre (University of Sydney) the study looked at this question: Can a creative art program enhance wellbeing and markers of neuroplasticity in people living with dementia? 

Along with the support of Dementia Australia, this innovative program has aimed to make a difference to the participants by creating new connections and experiences through creative engagement with contemporary art; and to contribute to new research in the art and health realm. The Artful program incorporates a gallery viewing experience alongside artmaking and an Artful at Home pack that extends creative engagement into everyday living. 

This artist led workshop will demonstrate an Artful session, giving attendees an opportunity to experience the program through a hands on art-making session and a demonstration of an Artful at Home pack. The session will be intimate and give people ideas and tools to take away with them. It will highlight the MCA’s unique approaches to deepening engagement and meaningful participation with contemporary art for people living with dementia and their care partners. 

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Contact Kara who’ll assist you with any enquiry:

Phone: 1300 336 488 

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