Stage 1 Call – Artists in Residency for Dementia Care Settings

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Age & Opportunity’s arts and culture programme has created an opportunity for a publicly funded care setting and its residents to engage creatively with a visual artist over the course of a number of months. The application process is two-part: care settings will apply for this unique opportunity based on an open competition and once the care setting is selected, artiss will apply for the residency in the selected care setting.

This call is for stage one of this process; care settings are being invited to make an application to this scheme.

Age & Opportunity has a longstanding stake in the provision of creative activities in care settings through its Creative Exchanges programme and in relation to creating meaningful experiences for people with dementia in terms of its Azure programme. People with dementia have been selected as a group of people who would greatly benefit from an artist’s sustained engagement and who are often ignored in relation to arts provision.

Residency aims

This residency aims to deepen the public engagement of older people in the arts. The event also aims to value and support artists working in a broad range of contexts.

Residency format

The artist selected will work closely with the residents of the care home over a medium length period of time (for approximately 25 days over two months) with a view to opening up creative arts practice to the residents and the staff within that care setting. Specifically, the residency will consist of an artist’s deep engagement with the residents over a period of time, allowing a creative relationship to develop.  The residency aims to support this specialist area of arts & health work more generally and to open up creative opportunities to older people in hard to reach communities.

In order to benefit future residencies, the artist will be required to creatively reflect on the residency and a report of the residency will be required once completed.

Care Setting Requirements
  • Strong commitment to the ethos of this residency;
  • A dedicated liaison person for the artist to support them throughout the residency;
  • A space for the artist to work and reflect on the residency process. This doesn’t necessarily need to be a “studio” space, a private area in a shared use space;
  • An appropriate workshop / common area for the artist to hold meetings and activities with residents;
  • Internet access.


Application Process:

Care Settings are required to submit an expression of interest (500 words) and completed application form.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm August 20th.

For More Details and Application Form  – CLICK HERE


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Ph: 087 183 1253 or email

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