#DailyArtsMedicine – Engaging from Home

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 Dance and 
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Engaging with arts works magic for us all!  A4D believes that now, more than ever, it is essential that we continue to share and engage creatively where we can. We have therefore compiled a list of online resources for you to access from home to keep your creative juices flowing, which you can find below. For live and interactive events please visit the Remote Access Events page.

You can also find out more information about our new initiative “Chatty Wednesdays”, a weekly online chat for people with dementia and their carers. 

We are still reachable by email, our website, and by phone – just call our regular office number to get in contact.


Chatty Wednesdays

We may be experiencing social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still catch up!

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Join Chatty Wednesdays

Chatty Wednesdays is an opportunity for people with dementia and their companions to socialise, engage creatively, and share experiences and ideas in an online video group chat via Zoom. You can show something you’ve created at home or talk about a book you’re reading, anything that may be interesting or useful for others – or even to get something off your chest.

Let’s all stay stimulated, re-energised, and connected, even from home!

Fill in our form to register your interest.



Berlin Philharmonic  The world-famous Berlin Philharmonic is now bringing the music to you at home through their Digital Concert Hall. Click ‘Redeem Voucher’ to sign up.

Living Room Live is streaming live classical music recitals, straight from their living room to yours!

Picture showing trombone players over Zoom video conferencing
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra players home videos

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have videos, podcasts, quizzes and recordings for you to enjoy to at home including performances of Elgar’s Nimrod and Enigma Variations.

The London Mozart Players upload new performances every day including behind the scenes interviews and content for the whole family.

The Philharmonia Orchestra have a recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 available to watch online.

The Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment upload new performances every Wednesday at 4pm for you to watch at home.

BBC Music Memories is an online music resource to help reconnect with their most powerful memories.

Music for Dementia 2020 has put together a practical guide with ideas for staying connected through music during Covid-19.


Theatre and Stage Performance

Hampstead Theatre, in partnership with The Guardian, is streaming a series of productions from its digital archive. With a different production shown each week, you can now have a ‘night-in at the theatre’ watching Mike Bartlett’s Wild, Beth Steel’s Wonderland and Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line for free.

The Metropolitan Opera The Met is streaming live recordings of performances from over the past 14 years. Click the link above to watch a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series every day! The recordings are available to stream for 23 hours after their premiere, so click the most recent video to view for free.

National Theatre is showing full-length plays every Thursday on YouTube, bringing the joy of theatre to you at home!

National Theatre Live: free full lengths plays every Thursdays on Youtube
Live streams from the National Theatre every Thursday at 7pm

The Global Player has free recordings of Royal Shakespeare Company productions to watch at home including A Winter’s Tale and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Royal Opera House have launched a schedule of free online content that can be accessed anywhere, anytime! Their offerings vary from online broadcasts, musical masterclasses, and cultural insights into the world of ballet and opera. Click through to find out more about this specially curated online programme of events.

Sadler’s Wells is offering a programme of dance performances for you to stream online for free. Click through to their website for more information.

The Wind in the Willows the Musical – Online Streaming! The 2017 West End adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved The Wind in the Willows has been made available to stream online for free. Enjoy!


Visual Arts

ArtsLink are presenting a series of creative activities for you to try at home. The activities use basic materials that you will likely already have, so you can get stuck in straight away. New activities are uploaded regularly.

Day by Day is a series of 23 short films curated by the Isle of Wight NHS trust. The films have been created by individual artists to show the landscape of the Isle of Wight, exploring the art and works that have been inspired by these places. This project aims to bring the natural world to those who are self-isolating or unable to go outside.

Create to Connect will be posting new daily creative challenges throughout May. Sign up to be sent stimulating activities to do from home and in the meantime try out the challenges from April.

Luminate run programmes of activities designed to increase creative opportunities for older people. They have now launched their new project, luminate@home, which is an online series of creative activities that you can do from home

A 1962 photo showing women walking down the street
Still from Wellingborough Redevelopment Plan available to watch on BFI Player

The Dukes Lancaster has lots of creative resources including ideas for craft activities at home and inspiration for writing your own songs.

Photo London have an online talks archive where you can watch talks about photography for free.

The Barbican has lots of online resources to read, watch and listen to at home including podcasts, videos and playlists about on topics including music, dance and visual arts.

The British Film Institute Player has archive of short films to enjoy at home.

Grayson’s Art Club Submit your own artwork to Grayson’s Art Club for the chance to have it featured on a new show presented by artist Grayson Perry.

Dance and Exercise

English National Ballet limited mobility class. Photo showing woman stretching on a chair.
English National Ballet limited mobility classes

English National Ballet is streaming a limited-mobility ballet class. This chair-based class is perfect for all lovers of ballet and dance, and has been suggested to us by A4D participants, Rachel and David!

Yoga with Adriene  We all know that yoga is a great activity for both physical and mental health, and ‘Yoga with Adriene’ allows you to take part at home! Here, you can access yoga and meditation videos for varying skill levels (try searching ‘chair yoga’ for something different)! This activity has been recommended by A4D participants, Rachel and David.

Generation Games have free online exercise videos to help you stay active at home including tai chi, strength and balance and chair based sessions.

Dance to Health have online dance and exercise session for you to follow along at home helping to mobilise your body.


Museums and Culture 

Armchair Gallery is an app that allows you to view and explore world-class art and culture, without having to move from you chair! Specially designed for people living with dementia, this app also includes a host of creative activities and ideas that you can get involved in.

Clay Live The Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology presents potters reflected in their contemporary collection.

Painting by Rembrandt entitled The Night Watch showing guardsmen getting into formation, with a young girl in the foreground rumoured to be modelled on Rembrandt’s late wife
Explore Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and other masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum’s virtual tour

Rijksmuseum from Home  Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum is a treasure trove of art and history collections, which you can now explore from home. Here you can find videos, tutorials, and explore their ‘Masterpieces up Close‘ virtual tour!

Secrets of the Museum This BBC documentary series explores behind the scenes at the world-famous V&A museum.

The British Museum has virtual museum and gallery tours allowing you to explore the treasures of the museum from your own home.

The Freud Museum London has online talks about art and psychoanalysis.

Buckingham Palace have a virtual tour allowing you to explore this magnificent building without even leaving your home!

The Natural History Museum has online virtual tours narrated by Sir David Attenborough for you to explore the vast exhibits at home.

Sonnets in Solitude Actors from the RSC are performing a selection of Shakespeare’s sonnets, free to watch on YouTube. For more information on the project, Shakespeare, and his sonnets, see the RSC website.



Photo of a panda in a tree
Get an up and close view of Yang Guang the panda and other animals at Edinburgh Zoo through the live webcam

Edinburgh Zoo Watch the wildlife of Edinburgh Zoo for free!

The Wildlife Trust’s Live Webcams! The Wildlife Trust have webcams scattered across the British Isles, allowing you to see wildlife up close and personal from your own home.