New arts and heritage app launched for people with dementia

Armchair Gallery has been designed to give people with dementia the opportunity to experience cultural collections from the comfort of their own home; it is available on both iOS and Android from the usual stores.

The app showcases artworks and artefacts from the collections of seven venues: Chatsworth House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Lowry, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pitt Rivers Museum, Mr Straw’s House and Newstead Abbey.

"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."

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.

David Cutler. Director of The Baring Foundation, said:

“The Baring Foundation is very proud to have been a funder of the development of the Armchair Gallery app along with our partners the Nominet Trust and Arts Council England. It is a work of art in its own right and has been created with a lot of love and respect for the residents of care homes with which City Arts has been working. It is a major step forward in showing the potential and relevance of digital arts for older people. The Foundation has been privileged since 2010 to fund many wonderful arts projects working with older people, but Armchair Gallery is the one with the potential to have the greatest reach.”

Kate Duncan, Armchair Gallery Founder & Project Manager:

T: 0115 950 5251    M: 07932 770426    E: kate@city-arts.org.uk

Joe Pick, Marketing & Audience Development, City Arts (Nottingham):

T: 0115 950 5251    M: 07549 522843    E: joe@city-arts.org.uk

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