Chester Beatty and Well-being

The Chester Beatty offers a dynamic learning programme for all age-groups. Museums can have a positive impact on our health and well-being, and in response to this Chester Beatty introduced Qi Gong and drop-in drawing for visitors. We commenced our first dementia-friendly programme Conversations on Art in May 2017 in recognition of the annual Bealtaine Festival – celebrating the arts and creativity as we age.

Garden in the Sky project

The Chester Beatty recently celebrated a 6-week project with Dublin Culture Connects bringing people living with dementia and their family members, staff and volunteers together with design professionals and gardeners to partake in an adventurous tour of city centre parks, investigating new potential and ideas for Chester Beatty’s Roof Garden.

These site visits included St Stephen’s Green Park, Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and Richmond Barracks.

This exploration gave all participants the opportunity to appraise our roof-top garden and its potential as a unique and somewhat hidden green-space in the heart of Dublin City. The garden can also serve as a ‘third space’ for visitors who may sometimes feel uncomfortable in a museum setting. Gardens, as this project discovered, can inspire personal stories, ideas, as well as connections to plants and motifs in the Chester Beatty’s collections. You can download and follow a specially designed  Garden Trail for our Roof Garden.

Qi Gong on the Rooftop Garden

Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm state of mind. Sessions are available on Saturdays at 12 noon. See What’s On for more details

Mindfulness in the Chester Beatty

Slow Art Tours is a new initiative starting in October. Mary Dowling will guide visitors on a thoughtful exploration of selected artworks from the Gift of a Lifetime exhibition. Tours are available on Saturdays at 12 noon. See What’s On for more details