Project | From January 2020 onwards
Programme of expert lectures, gatherings and art workshops for people with reduced cognitive ability and people with dementia
The National Gallery of
Slovenia, as the central Slovenian institution for older visual art, has joined
forces with Spominčica - Alzheimer Slovenia, which provides professional and
effective help to people with dementia, their relatives and caregivers.
Together, we are
preparing a programme of professional lectures and a cycle of Alzheimer Cafe
gatherings, where relatives of people with dementia can obtain the useful
information and support they need.
We have also designed
customized guided tours and art workshops for the elderly and people with
dementia, where we nurture creativity, stimulate imagination and train memory.
Fine art helps people with dementia to express their feelings and emotions more
easily, because art engages a different area of the brain than the one we use
for speech and language.
Would you like a free
personalized guided tour of the museum or a creative workshop with an art
teacher? Write to email@example.com or call 386 1 24 15 415.
In September 2020, the National Gallery of
Slovenia became the first museum institution in the country to become a
Gallery of memories
Free guides and
creative workshops for people with reduced cognitive ability and for people
with dementia and their carers.
Guided tours are
adjusted in their time-frame and content. In half an hour, we focus on the most
famous works of art of the Permanent Collection, encouraging mutual
communication, and using various tools to enable a multi-sensory experience of
the exhibited works of art. At the workshop, which is thematically related to
leadership, we encourage creativity and use different materials and techniques.
If visiting the
National Gallery of Slovenia is difficult to access, gallery animators and art
educators can also hold creative workshops in homes and centres for senior
citizens. With this, we enable the students to create in a comfortable and
Museums connect society
and build communities with their collections and programs.
The program is supported by Zavarovalnica Triglav.
European project ART vs DEMENTIA
This year, the National
Gallery of Slovenia, in cooperation with Združenje Spominčica - Alzheimer
Slovenia, participates in the European Erasmus+ project called ART vs DEMENTIA, Art therapy as an empathic
tool to strengthen and maintain the cognitive, physical and relational skills
of people with dementia. Three other countries are involved in the project:
Greece, Italy and Latvia, and it is aimed at getting to know different
approaches, exchanging good practices and counselling in working with people
with dementia, where art therapy as an empathic tool can strengthen and
maintain the cognitive, physical and social skills of people with dementia.
Making art allows is
soothing and releases accumulated negative emotions, and contributes to the
reduction of anxious mood, evokes a feeling of satisfaction and strengthens
self-confidence. Art and creativity help people with dementia to express their
feelings more easily.
We have prepared
customized creative activities for users, which they can undertake in the
relaxed atmosphere of your home environment.
Watch the video clip,
prepare your creative tools and start creating! Scrapbooking, drawing,
printing... choose what suits you best. The tasks are simple and will brighten
up an afternoon or two.
Print out a colouring book
and start creating. One can follow our suggestion of a colour scheme that comes
close to the original work, or one can choose different colours. The only thing
that matters is that you enjoy it!
Alzheimer Cafe at the National Gallery of Slovenia
Every last Tuesday of
the month at 11.00 am
A cycle of lectures and
gatherings where relatives of people with dementia get useful information and
the support they need. Meetings take place in the gallery auditorium or online.
For more information
about the project and activities contact the project coordinator.
Živa Rogelj: (01) 24 15
(01) 24 15 415, firstname.lastname@example.org (temporarily absent)
Kaja Cajhen: (01) 24 15
The activities facilitated
in cooperation with the Association Spominčica - Alzheimer Slovenia. Together,
we contribute to a dementia-friendly society and enable both sufferers and
their relatives to live as high a quality of life as possible.