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ARTBAR June 2017

30 Jun, 7.00pm, MCA


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05 Jul, 5.30pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre


NAIDOC Week 2017

05 Jul, 7.30pm, Level 2: Seminar Room

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5 Years of ARTBAR

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MCA at the 2017 Venice Biennale

Canals, cats and curators. Clothilde Bullen reflects on the experience of attending the 2017 Venice Biennale on the occasion of Tracey Moffat’s Australian Pavilion. more

From the archives: Unconventional Materials

From the Archives is our blog series unearthing gems from the MCA’s archives, written by resident archivist Stephanie Ferrara more

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ARTFUL: Art and Dementia

About Artful

Be part of research exploring the life enhancing impact contemporary art can have on people with dementia

Artful is a free 10-week research program for people living with dementia and their carers at the Museum of Contemporary Art. This program focuses of creating new connections and life enriching experiences through creative engagement with contemporary art and artists.

In five fortnightly visits to the MCA small groups are supported by trained MCA Artist Educators to have discussions in the gallery followed by hands-on creative art-making sessions. On the alternate fortnights, five at-home artmaking packs are given to extend creative engagement and expression.

The program is completely free thanks to the generous support of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.

Get Involved:

Please contact Artful coordinator Clare Thackway clare.thackway@mca.com.au or call +02 9245 2400

It’s waking up something that maybe went to sleep.. I have never been artistic but it inspires you to do something new.

Elaine Reynolds, ARTFUL participant

ARTFUL Research Study

Does an art program enhance neuroplasticity and well-being in people with dementia?

ARTFUL incorporates a 3-year (2016-2018)research initiative which is conducted in collaboration with the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. This research investigates exactly how contemporary art can enhance well-being and brain changes in people with dementia.

A lot of programs in the past have only asked people to look at paintings and talk about them, whereas in this one there is a lot of tactile stimulation and using brain cells that people haven't been using for a long time. We would like to think this program will be able to make neurons in the brain flourish again.

Professor Sharon Naismith, head of the Brain and Mind Centre's healthy brain ageing program

Is this Program for You?

Do you need to have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s to be a part of the program?

This program is for people living with any diagnoses of dementia may not be suitable for people with advanced dementia or complex care needs. We invite carers to attend and engage in the program. If you are interested in the program, please call us to discuss any specific needs you may have. +02 9245 2400

ARTFUL group in the MCA galleries

Art has helped settle me down. Yes, I forget people's names but when I'm doing art I am suddenly in a different environment. It is all calm and I can think. The stress just dies away.

Norman Rickard, ARTFUL participant

How is this program different from other art and dementia programs?

This program is unique due to the combination of viewing and art making led by contemporary artists. Participants are exposed to new materials and experimental and creative approaches to art making.

Why should you come?

Previous participants have expressed that this program offer new avenues for meaningful connections between people living with dementia and their carers and/or loved ones. We have also seen the impact art and creative expression can have on participants leading to improved self-esteem, well-being and social inclusion.

animation of MCA take home ARTFUL pack

Doing the at home packs together was a wonderful idea because it made us connect more.


Artful: Art & Dementia is supported by Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and is created in collaboration with the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.