Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) | A Dementia-Friendly Organisation leading the way in Brisbane
Dementia Australia recently acknowledged the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) located in Brisbane as a dementia-friendly organisation, alongside Brisbane City Council, the University of Queensland and Iona Secondary College. QAGOMA is leading the way at Queensland’s Cultural Centre Precinct as it joins the ranks of organisations that have become members of the global Dementia Friendly Community. This recognition is timely, as Brisbane City Council has committed to Brisbane becoming the first dementia-friendly capital city in Australia - especially relevant as the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games gains international attention.
Since 2014, QAGOMA has facilitated a regular Art and Dementia Program. The program has grown since that time and now runs five community programs each month for people with dementia who are living at home, with additional programs available for residential aged care, and respite and other community groups.
Program facilitator Debbie Brittain is a champion for life-long learning and access to the State’s Art Collection for all abilities. QAGOMA Learning’s Art and Dementia Program offers participants and their care partners therapeutic benefits to mood and wellbeing within the beautiful gallery aesthetics, in a safe community setting.