Art in the City is for people who are affected by dementia and their friends, family and carers. You can find out more about the group here.
Here is what he has to say…..
Last week, me, Diana and The Art in The City group embarked on a free tour of the National Gallery’s new Rembrandt exhibit. That’s right! Rembrandt! No, not the other one! The Rembrandt! In all his dark, brooding, increasingly-Baroque-style-having, Dutch Golden Age glory!
Upon arrival, we gathered in a meeting room. Diana and I both, of course, knew that it would be impossible for our group to nourish their senses with the creative genius of Rembrandt without at first nourishing themselves; to take in all of that beauty on an empty stomach. So, we made sure that the attendees felt welcomed and refreshed by serving them tea, coffee and biscuits to enjoy until the tour had started. I even managed to accommodate one of our attendees, who had difficulties with her mobility, feel more comfortable by going out to the front desk of the gallery to bring her a wheelchair.
Some of the other attendees were also hard of hearing. Diana had hired out a box of hearing loops for them but those mics weren’t working. So, I went back out to the front desk to ask for new mics. This way, I ensured that these attendees would be able to effectively pick up on the interesting information being provided to them on the artefacts presented throughout the tour. Upon reflection, I’d have to say that this part of the day provided me with a great opportunity to utilise my own skills in customer care, which I had acquired during the 4 years that I had spent waiting tables- 4 years too many, if you ask me!
Honestly, who would’ve thought that all of those weekends sacrificed to restocking pickle trays, attempting to make coffee, and serving thaalis and dosas under a 5-hour serenade of Bhangra music would eventually pay off?