Conversations on Art: Dementia-Friendly Tours

Conversations on Art: Dementia-friendly tours at the Chester Beatty Library

The month of May is upon us and  the Chester Beatty Library is celebrating the annual Bealtaine Festival, celebrating creativity as we age. This month we will launch a newly designed tour programme, Conversations on Art, designed for people living with dementia and their loved ones. Visitors are invited to join us for a cup of tea/coffee in the Silk Road Café, where everyone can relax and enjoy a light conversation in the contemplative and airy surroundings. In the galleries, tours aim to inspire and entertain with a combination of information on the collection, and reflections on  visitor’s own impressions, opinions and interests. These tours are held once a month with rotating themes.

Monday 29 May 2017, 12 noon, Chinese Art Tour

On Monday 29 May we will explore symbols in Chinese art. Our Guide Joan, will take us on a journey through imperial China and unfold hidden meanings of colours, shapes and icons as seen in the  galleries. Participants are encouraged to contribute with their reflections and observations. More tours are scheduled for June, July and August.

The Library is part of the Azure Network, an association of cultural organisations and aims for a deeper involvement by cultural institutions for those living with dementia and their family members or carers. It is based on the Meet me at MoMA programme, developed and based at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The tours are free but limited to a maximum of ten participants.

For further details and bookings please contact Heidi on tel: 014070766.


The Art of Japan

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Our line-up for May-August is now available online as part of The Art of Friendship: Japanese Surimono Prints exhibition (3 March – 27 August 2017). We have a number of collaborative events kindly supported by the Embassy of Japan in Ireland. Join us for workshops for children, teens and adults, lunchtime talks, music performances and film screenings.


Highlights include a haiku for beginners workshop with Eriko Tsugawa (Bealtaine Festival celebration), a screening of Hidden Fortress by Kurosawa, Scorcese’s most recent film Silence, popular Japanese storytelling and origami for families,  as well as a series of Japanese art and music-related events (booking required for the workshops). See What’s On for more details.

For our younger audiences, we have our annual Silk Worm Summer Club Special in July – Japanese Summer – for children aged 6-11 years. Teens aged 12-17 years will work with Maker-in-Residence Corinne Okada Takara from the USA and local artist Lorraine Lawlor to create their own Japanese and Celtic-inspired friendship knots and manga creations. See our Teen Lab page for more details.

Jam Delapan NCH Studio

Other key events include our new dementia-friendly tours Conversations in Art starting at the end of May; Javanese music with local orchestra Gamelan Jam Delepan, National Drawing Day and monthly lunchtime talks and in-focus tours.  See What’s On for more details.