Arts opportunities to empower people affected by dementia in the community

I’ve always loved this kind of thing but haven’t always had the chance.

– Participant, A4D Ceramics at the Garden Museum

The hardest part is getting out of the door – but it’s worth the effort.

– Carer, A4D Ceramics

What you can find on this website

Listings and maps: You can download and print off:
  • Arts opportunities by location and dementia need.
  • Dementia-friendly arts and heritage venues and locations near you.
We welcome your updates about events, dementia-friendly locations or resources. Photos above by Jon Holloway.

What we do

Arts 4 Dementia is a UK charity, working with arts venues to:
  • Provide training and develop arts programmes.
  • Empower and inspire people with early-stage dementia and carers through artistic stimulation.
  • Help preserve fulfilling active life together, for longer at home.
Our Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations empowers facilitators to deliver effective, person-centred workshops. We work with national agencies, cross-party parliamentary groups and academics to have arts integrated in NHS England's Well Pathway for Dementia. With feedback from the community, we aim to extend our listings so that wherever you live in the UK, you can find opportunities within reach.

Find arts events near you

For Arts and Heritage organisations

Artistic stimulation elevates people, their families and carers above the stresses of dementia. Stepping into an arts venue is in itself inspirational. A4D can help by:

Training for arts and heritage organisations

A4D invites arts and heritage organisations, artists (all art forms), arts students and healthcare professionals to attend our upcoming Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training day

Signposting your events or dementia-friendly site

These listings will bring your events or dementia-friendly arts or heritage site to the attention of many who seek them – and also promote the good work you are doing

Evidence and resources

Whether you are an arts facilitator, a carer or an individual recently diagnosed, this section provides useful links to evidence, organisations and resources.

Reawakening toolkits

A4D’s Reawakening resources can support your work with workshop case studies, outcomes and best practice tips:

  • Reawakening Integrated: Arts & Heritage (RIAH), 2017.
  • Music Reawakening (MR), 2015.
  • Reawakening the Mind (RtM), 2013.


Posted: 30 October, 2023