Commission opportunity: multisensory artwork/installation for people with dementia

dlr Arts Office wish to commission an artist(s) or an arts organisation to create a multisensory installation for people with dementia. The commission is also open to a group of artists working collaboratively, dlr Arts Office encourages a multi-artform response to the brief.  This opportunity is funded by Creative Ireland.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 25 April

From June 16 – August 31 dlr Arts Office will host ‘A Collection of Conversations’ a dementia inclusive gallery exhibition in the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon. The artworks featured will be selected from the dlr County Collection and the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection. We have chosen a work by local artist John Coyle entitled ‘Peoples Park’ as the basis for this multisensory artwork. Using this artwork as the source material, the selected artists will create a multisensory installation for Gallery 2 (the smaller gallery space). This painting has been selected as it has a local resonance.

The commission fee is €10,000 (inclusive of all fees, materials, insurance and production/display costs and VAT). In addition, dlr Arts Office will provide specialist art technicians to install the work (2 people x 2 days)

An online Dementia Awareness session focusing on signs, symptoms and progression as well as how dementia affects the senses took place on the 7 April. The session was led by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland with time alloted for questions and discussion specific to artists wishing to respond to this opportunity. 

Please email to view this session, we would strongly encourage applicants to do so.

The full brief is available here


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