After careful consideration and rigorous debate, a winning team for Public Age has been selected. London-based design studio The Decorators and Irish artist Joe Coveney have been chosen to lead a project exploring public space and older people in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County in 2017.
Public Age is an open call commissioned by the dlr CoCo/HSE Arts and Health Partnership with additional grant aid from the Arts Council, in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation. Public Age will interrogate how public space is, can be and should be designed with older people in mind through a collaborative project and public outcome. The open call was met with great interest, with a range of multidisciplinary teams featuring architects, designers, artists, arts organisations, health practitioners, social scientists and community volunteers proposing exciting and creative ways of collaborating with older people in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and intervening in the County’s public spaces. But while it met stiff competition, the proposal by The Decorators and Joe Coveney to engage with older people through a series of communal dinners, radio broadcasts and celebratory events stood out as an innovative way to collaborate and consult with older people while increasing both their use of, and visibility in, public space.
Since 2014 the Gallery in dlr LexIcon hosts two Azure tours as part of each exhibition programme. These tours are for anyone that would like to try something different with your loved one with dementia. Terry O'Farrell and Julie Merriman, both trained to support people with dementia, explore and discuss some of the artworks in each exhibition. The tours always finish with time for a cup of tea!
Check out the current exhibitions page for current tour dates.
We are part of the Azure network, which started as a collaboration between Age & Opportunity, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, the Butler Gallery Kilkenny, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).
In 2013 we initiated the first Musical Memories Choir to welcome older people, especially those with dementia and their families and carers. The choirs were established as a partnership between Living Well With Dementia - Stillorgan/ Blackrock and the dlrCoCo Arts and Health Partnership. There are now several choirs nationally based on our model.
In 2015 we supported a community based dance project that was based in Shankill, Dundrum and Dún Laoghaire and faciltied by Dance Theatre of Ireland. The project was independently evaluated by Trinity College and measured and recorded the health and well-being benefits of dance for older people. It turns out that dancing is good for you!
If you are interested contact Dance Theatre of Ireland and ask about their Well Dance for Seniors classes.