Can You See What I See? - Artist Caroline helping people with dementia

By Samantha Derenthal 

Can You See What I See? is a series of hand painted illustrations strongly informed by listening to people with dementia, and to those who support them, their families, friends and the medical professionals.

LIFE Can You see what I see

Through the medium of illustration artist Caroline Hyland is taking an informative approach to the everyday, depicting supports she has learnt that may help someone to live well or a little better with dementia.

The overall purpose of the series is to complement the existing dementia awareness campaigns and add to the general public’s knowledge of dementia so people can understand together and support each other.

 Feedback on the exhibition, which ran until November 29, was welcomed.

Caroline Hyland is an Illustrator and Artist in Residence in the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital.

She believes information can be made more accessible to people through the medium of visual art.

Being a former Occupational Therapist in the intellectual disability services increased her interest in the area of dementia, she is passionate about seeing the person and not just the condition.

Through her weekly bedside art sessions, voluntary opportunities and illustrative work Caroline actively strives to highlight the importance of supporting people to maintain interests and stay engaged.

She firmly believes people can and should be supported to live well with dementia.

‘Can You See What I See?’ art exhibition was held at Rua Red, Arts Centre, and finished up on November 29. 

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