Creative Exchanges

'I can't tell you the difference it has made to me. I am seeing my role in an entirely new light'                                                                                                                           - Participant, Creative Exchanges

The details of the next Creative Exchanges course are listed below, click here to download the flyer.

Venue:               Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) Dublin

Dates:                Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th October

   Thursdays 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th November and

   Thursday 7th December

The cost of the course is €650. To apply please fill in the application form and send it back to us by post or email. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About the programme

Creative Exchanges covers such topics as:

  • The principles and characteristics of person-centred care
  • Person-centred communication
  • Working creatively with people who have dementia
  • Planning activity work for older people
  • Exploring music-based movement and drama-related activities
  • Working with the visual arts
  • Utilising digital media to explore image and sound

The programme offers an understanding of the value of creative activity, particularly in a care setting; experience of taking part in arts-based workshops; practical skills to carry out creative activities with people in residential and day care settings.

QQI Accreditation

The course is a QQI Level 6 accredited qualification (a component award in Arts and the Community 6N3585), consisting of seven full days, 10am-4m each day, over a three month period.* No formal qualifications are required, but an interest in arts and creativity or working with older people, as well as a commitment to attend the seven days training and undertake a significant amount of self-directed project and study work is essential.

Course Assessment

Assessment comprises a project and portfolio (including a learner journal). The project which is 50% of the assessment involves planning, costing, running and evaluating an ‘arts-activity’ in a nursing home or residential day care setting.

*It has a credit value of 15 and a full award at level 6 is 120 credits. It is a component in a major award, Arts. The accreditation system allows credits from different awards to be accumulated over time, and for them to be used to contribute to a Major award. 

Is this Course for You?

Creative Exchanges is a course for anyone leading creative activities with older people in care settings. Participants develop the skills needed to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in either residential or day care settings. The course brings together practitioners from different arts disciplines and others with related expertise to discuss different approaches and to lead participants in arts activity.

Creative Exchanges programme has won the Allianz Community Prize at Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2014. Find out more about the Allianz prize here. 

Find out more about Creative Exchanges by contacting us on 01 805 7709 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Check also Arts & Health case study about the programme

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