We can’t all get to the gallery…
With special features for people living with dementia, Armchair Gallery brings world-class art & culture to you.
Discover, play & create with your favourite artists. Including artworks and artefacts from the collections of Chatsworth House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Lowry, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pitt Rivers Museum, Mr Straw’s House & Newstead Abbey.
Colour a Canaletto, create your own Hepworth, take a selfie with Lowry and much, much more…
The app includes instructions for doing tried-and-tested creative activities with the people you care for.
It is available now on both iOS and Android. You can find the download details here.
The app showcases artworks and artefacts from the collections of seven of the UK’s leading cultural venues. Users can enjoy video tours presented by gallery and museum staff. Through the app’s 18 playable activities, people can interact with the artworks and artefacts. For instance, they can colour a Canaletto, design a Hepworth-inspired sculpture, and take a selfie with Lowry’s ‘Head of a Man’. The app comes with a comprehensive set of instructions for creative activities that family members and carers can do with the people they care for.
Chris Connell, aged 61, has been diagnosed with early onset dementia. He has been using the app throughout its development:
“The Armchair Gallery sessions have been a highlight of my week. I’ve been using it as part of my memories group. We all experience dementia differently and the app is brilliant because it lets people take part at a range of different levels. I’ve been inspired by artworks I wouldn’t otherwise be able to enjoy.”
Jane Connell is Chris’ wife and carer. She has been using the app with Chris as part of a dementia support group in Newark, North Nottinghamshire. She said:
“The app helps the group to reminisce. The artefacts it features bring back so many shared memories. We all leave feeling really relaxed and absorbed. We attended the sessions for Chris, who has dementia, but I look forward to them every week. It takes me away from the day to day stresses of being a carer. I can’t wait to use it at home.”
City Arts (Nottingham) created the app. A leading community arts organisation for over 40 years, City Arts has a long history of working with older people.
The app’s development was funded by the Nominet Trust (now Social Tech Trust) and The Baring Foundation through their Digital Arts & Creative Ageing fund.