1st May - Resources for Arts and Creativity & Online Event Listings

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone but there are still opportunities to enjoy the arts and creativity as we social distance and isolate.  We at Age & Opportunity arts have been impressed by the many organisations around Ireland who have taken their work online and made it fully accessible at this time. So, to make it easier for anyone who wants to taste all of the amazing work out there no matter what age they are, we’ve decided to gather a list of online opportunities across a range of activities – from watching opera to dance classes – which you can take part in without having to leave the house.  These are categorised by theme, so we hope there’s something for everyone.

We know that a lot of focus right now is on accessing the outside world through the online world, and that this isn’t possible or easy for everyone. Many of the arts and crafts activities can be printed out so if you know someone who would appreciate it, why not print some off to leave at their door step?

Make at Home

Luminate Scotland is running an online dance club for LGBTI+ people, with the first session on May 10th.

The National Gallery’s National Drawing Day is taking place Saturday May 16th with a live drawing class, and plenty of tips on improving your drawing. Use the tag #NationalDrawingDay***

CoisCéim have moved their weekly dance class for people aged 50+ online. Each week they’ll post a new video of Philippa’s class – start with easy warm-up exercises and learn different dances.***

Gallery of Photography Ireland is inviting people to share photos of their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic on Instagram using the tag #massisolationirl. You can view the online gallery on their Instagram.

Go and See

Inside Out is a new alternative online programme for the month of May presented by The Model in Sligo. Join for intergenerational projects, reminiscence discussion, pop-reading groups and artist talks.***

Poetry Day Ireland takes place on Thursday 30 April 2020 and the theme is ‘There will be time’, check out Poetry Ireland for details on online events happening all day.

Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo has a different schedule of events every week, including sing-a-longs and trad sessions.

Artist Niamh Meehan has moved her arts takeover of an empty shop in Bow Street Mall, Lisburn, onto Instagram.

Create are hosting an In Conversation between Irish artist, writer, and educator Fiona Whelan and Australian based academic Gretchen Coombs entitled ‘Socially Engaged Practice’ on May 28th.

For Professionals

‘Life is for Living’ is a film from People Express exploring life for people living with Dementia and their carers.***

Engaging Dementia has a page dedicated to activity resources including activity sheets, spirituality sessions, and reminiscence projects.

South Tipperary Dementia provides a selection of meaningful activities for people with dementia, families, and carers.

Dementia Services has a page dedicated to helpful resources that may help with social isolation during COVID-19 for people with dementia and their carers.