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Impressions Gallery

Impressions Gallery is one of the UK’s leading venues for photography, showing work by regional, national and international artists. Situated in the heart of Bradford and overlooking the multi-award winning City Park, the gallery presents an inspiring programme of free exhibitions and a rich mix of events and creative workshops. There’s always something new to see and do to get our visitors looking, thinking and talking about the best in contemporary photography. We host a range of events including artist talks, advice sessions for photographers and social events for over 55s. During school holidays we run free creative art activities that appeal to a wide range of family visitors. Impressions Gallery is a charity, funded by Arts Council England and supported by Bradford Council. We pride ourselves in providing an excellent experience for our visitors.

18 January 2017
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?








Impressions Gallery helps people understand the world through photography. We believe that photography is for everyone and aim to make our exhibitions as accessible as possible and host a range of events to help people engage with our artistic programme at all levels.

Based in the heart of Bradford, in a shared building with Bradford City Library, we welcome over 50,000 visitors a year. We want eve ry visitor to feel welcome and confident in our building. To do this we will undergo an assessment of our venue, reviewing staff training in dementia awareness, environmental factors including signage, lighting and seating, as well as information sharing with other local organisations to learn how we can improve our provision for people with dementia.

We will continue to deliver a high level of customer care to those who may need additional support on their visit to the gallery. This includes hosting

Time for Tea , a dedicated event for older people at risk of social exclusion which offers an introduction to our exhibitions in a friendly and relaxed environment.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

As a registered charity, we face inevitable challenges and limitations with funding. Any environmental changes within the gallery, such as signage, flooring and lighting would require additional funding.

As a subtenant of the local authority, we are also limited in terms of physical alterations to the building and any impact this may have on our neighbouring organisatation, Bradford City Library.

The gallery is regularly used by schools and families and sometimes this can alter the environment and atmosphere for visitors.

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of dementia

    We will arrange a training and information session with Dementia Friends for all public facing staff and volunteers.


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  • Review Internal Signage

    We will assess the clarity of our public signage, with specific focus on the ease of navigation at the entrance to the gallery and signposts to toilet facilities.


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  • Develop Networks

    Seek out Dementia Action Alliance network meetings to link up with local organisations and share skills and information.

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  • Encourage people living with dementia to attend gallery events

















    Research local support centres and care homes for people with dementia, send invitations to Time for Tea events and information on visiting the gallery. Ensure that care-givers and those with dementia know that the gallery can provide a peaceful, relaxing environment in the city centre.


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