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Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery is situated in the centre of Chichester and houses one of the best collections of 20th Century British Art in the country. The Community Programme provides long term creative opportunities that are tailored to people’s different interests and needs.

10 May 2018
South East
Education Sector, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Chichester 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?

Pallant House Gallery has an award winning Community Programme. The Programme offers long term and meaningful opportunities for people who need extra support.

The Gallery is committed to including people living with dementia and carers in the Community Programme and general life of the gallery. There is a rolling programme of Dementia Friends sessions for staff and volunteers to attend. Many Artists and staff involved in the Community Programme have completed also training provided by the Alzheimer’s Society and Arts 4 Dementia. We hope that this will enable people living with Dementia to feel that Pallant House Gallery is welcoming and accessible to them.

We have developed a number of activities that are dementia friendly where people living with dementia and carers can join other members of the Community Programme to share and enjoy their interests in art and creativity. These activities will enable people to live a creative life and improve general wellbeing.

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

There may be times when staff or volunteers are still learning about dementia and don’t have the full level of awareness we hope to achieve.

An individual may find a session too overwhelming or decide they are not interested in the artwork or medium that the session is focused on.

 We ask people to book onto a session, sometimes sessions are full and we won’t be able to accommodate everyone who would like to attend.

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2. Actions

  • Deliver a programme of Dementia friendly workshops and events

    Art Views monthly Thursday afternoons

    An interactive discussion looking at 3 – 5 key artworks from the Pallant House Gallery Collection. The facilitator encourages people to take time to look at the artworks and share their personal responses. There are no wrong answers, everyone’s opinion is valuable. The main aim is for everyone to develop a confidence and enjoyment in looking and talking about art.

     ‘Utterly fascinating, vivid interaction between everyone. Felt very at home. Learned a lot.’

    ‘What I liked was the strength of the memory I still have of the picture. I like cliffs and that helped me hold the painting more firmly in my head.’


    Meet and Make second Tuesday each month 10.30 – 12.30

     A workshop providing opportunities for people to try out different creative techniques, meet new people and learn more about the exhibitions and collections.

    Both these sessions are supported by staff and volunteers who have trained in dementia awareness.

    ‘Time in the Studio is friendly and happy with gentle and helpful guidance. Much appreciated.’

    ‘Very interesting ideas, enjoyable and peaceful. I enjoyed making my piece of work.’


    Other Studio sessions and activities are also open to people living with dementia

  • Staff and Volunteers to attend Dementia Friends sessions

    The Community Programme manager (Maternity cover) is a Dementia Friends Champion and will offer regular sessions to staff and volunteers. It is our aim that all staff and volunteers will become Dementia Friends.
  • To ensure the Gallery has clear signage.

    We will make sure the Gallery has clear signage so that people can easily find rooms, toilets café etc. Staff badges will also help people with knowing names and whop to ask for help.