The Art and Alzheimer’s program at BRAG provides gallery tours for people who are living with dementia and their carers. Modelled on the National Gallery of Australia’s Art and Dementia program, the Art and Alzheimer’s program at BRAG was initiated in 2015.
The Art and Alzheimer’s tour program provides an opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Social inclusion and opportunities to demonstrate capabilities improves well-being and quality of life for people living with dementia.
Art and Alzheimer’s tours are participant driven, with tour guides facilitating conversation and discussion about a chosen artwork. Each tour group contains between 3 and 5 participants. Maintaining small group sizes ensures that each participant is able to engage with the artwork and the tour guides. This same group of participants returns to the gallery for a block of tours with the same group of tour guides, providing a sense of consistency and continuity.
BRAG is now accepting expressions of interest from Volunteers and Care Facilities who are interested in participating in the 2017 program. Volunteers need to have excellent communication and listening skills and lots of patience, but experience working in the arts or with people who live with dementia is not a requirement. BRAG will provide training for all new volunteers.