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Arts & Disability Forum ‘Arts & Biscuits’ Programme

Arts & Disability Forum is currently setting up a new arts programme for individuals with early stage dementia or Alzheimer’s to get involved along with a partner, friend or carer.

What it’s about

ADF is inviting people to get involved in Art & Biscuits sessions. As the name might suggest, they want to bring individuals and artists together to chat and explore different artworks and presentations over a cup of tea and biscuits (and cake!), in an informal but informative setting, with a chance to join in. This will help introduce the ADF as a resource for people with dementia.

Each session will be led by artistic facilitators from a range of people working in different areas of the arts, all of whom have received dementia-related training. A great range of visual arts, theatre, dance, music, creative writing and film will be covered across the sessions, in a space that is understanding and comfortable for all participants.

Where and when?

Meeting once a month in the gallery space at ADF offices on Royal Avenue, Belfast, they will be starting off with two groups of eight (four individuals plus four carers). These will meet on either the first or second Monday of each month, depending on which group you are in. The initial sessions will happen on 3rd and 10th August. If you have a preference for the date you would like to attend, please let ADF know.

Initially, each session is set to run for one hour, at 2pm on each Monday. After a few months, once relations have been established a bit, the two groups will combine into one, and each session will then be for an hour and a half, meeting on the second Monday.

Get Involved

If you would like to find out more and/or register your interest or on behalf of someone you care for, please e-mail Colin Dardis at project2@adf.ie, call ADF on 02890 23 9450, or call into the ADF Gallery at Cathedral Quarter Workspaces, 109-113 Royal Avenue, BT1 1FF (Belfast Telegraph end of Royal Avenue, opposite the Mace).

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