fergus smith

Fergus's work is generally landscapes and seascapes but since becoming a full-time mature student in NCAD completing a three year honors degree in fine art and painting, his interests lie in exploring different sources and themes to create art. Alzheimer’s has touched him and become a part of his life at different times.  This has given him an insight and understanding of the illness. Fergus, a Tallaght native since 1977, is married to Susan and they have recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. 


emily veale

Video installation, drawing and photography are Emily's forte. Her work at present focuses on the stereotype and somewhat misunderstanding of people living with dementia.  From her experience to date, she has gained a deeper understanding of the illness and how it can be eased and helped via creative activities. Her personal work describes her new understanding of dementia and how cognitive elements can be translated through art and not just language or speech.

ben hennessy 

Ben has a B.A. Degree from BCFE. Trained extensively in classical animation, computer animation and life drawing. Since graduating, he has enjoyed a healthy career storyboarding and character designing for shows and games available on Nickelodeon, Cbeebies, RTE Jr and the Nintendo Wii. 
Websitewww.bennessy.com  Twitter:  @bennessy

who we've worked with

kurtz amor/picasso

Kurtz Amor aka Alex is a Portuguese street/grafitti artist who has painted in many different countries. Some of his best wall murals can be found here in Dublin in places such as The Bernard Shaw Pub and The Grand Social. Links: Kurtz Amor Facebook

our Artzheimer's Artists

Aine Teahan 

Aine Teahan is a professional photographer based in Dublin. Her personal practice is preoccupied with capturing a feeling, the essence of something, be it a person, a place or a thing. She is inspired by colour, abstract art and travel. Aine graduated from NCAD in Dublin in 2009 with a first class honours in Photography and Digital Imaging.
Website:  www.aineteahan.com

ali lowndes

Ali is the founder and director of 'A Little Idea'. She's a designer, a maker & a photographer from Dublin, Ireland. She makes one of a kind handmade cards & gifts celebrating vintage inspiration & uniqueness.


alison byrne 

Alison is a glass artists specialising in stained glass. She runs her own creative business called Wildbird Studios in the heart of Dublin city.

Website:  www.wildbirdstudio.ie

nicole pringle 

Nicole has a decade of visual and performance art under her belt that has seen her fusing genres and mediums to create affecting and inclusive art. She graduated from DIT in 2001 with a BA in Fine Art and began her career using her creative skills to work with adults with intellectual disabilities. A lover of fashion and makeup, she extended her repertoire to study and receive a diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Makeup. Recent art collaborations have seen her work with 'Pigs on Parade (2015) and 'Hares on the March' (2016); two charity initiatives run by The Jack & Jill Foundation. Nicole has continued to expand her artistic portfolio by also working with Body & Soul Festival and Electric Picnic Music Festival. Website: www.makeupbynicole.ie

caroline hyland 

Caroline is an illustrator based in Dublin who works in community arts and with advocacy groups. She strongly believes that through the use of art, information can be made more accessible to people.

Website:  http://www.carolinehyland.com

siobhra o' reardon farrell 

Siobhra is a 4th year student from Colaiste Bride GNS in Clondalkin, Dublin. Her artwork is mainly portraiture, which she uses a wide variety of media to create. She has a particular fondness for using pencils and water colours to create these portraits. When Siobhra was only 13, she took part in the ARTzheimer's schools program (2014) alongside sixty other students. Her main artistic inspirations are Jamie Hewlett, Chloe Sheppard and Matthew Lineham; the most important of the lot being Jamie Hewlett. He's the main reason Siobhra began drawing. 

Nikita O' Rowe

Nikita is an emerging artist and singer from Tallaght in Dublin. She draws inspiration from raw emotions and experiences that she has been through. She usually tries to express these emotions through portraits, human expressions and eyes. The loss of her son some years back changed her outlook and understanding of life. She found solace in the world of art and this has helped her progress and evolve into the artist she is today. 


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daire lynch

Daire's work is figurative, using the human form to convey the gamut of emotions we all experience in our lives. His uses strong lighting to enhance the feelings within the work, to exaggerate the dramas unfolding. He is a self-taught painter, originally from Dublin, though now residing in Mayo. When not painting or creating, he can be found in the wilds of Connemara, be it woods, lakes or the powerful Atlantic Ocean.

Website:  www.dairelynchart.com

Since 2014, we have been building an amazing collaborative partnership with established and emerging artists from Ireland, Poland, Korea, Portugal, Spain and the UK. We have showcased our exhibitions in five stunning locations throughout Ireland.  Over the last two years, we have had the esteemed pleasure of working with over two hundred artists and we genuinely feel like we're just getting started.   

Included in this collaboration were eighty primary and secondary school children from Clondalkin in Dublin who took part in ARTzheimer's second exhibition in Aras Chronain Arts and Cultural House in 2014. This was the first time here in Ireland that Alzheimer's as a topic was introduced to schools and we continue our hard work to bring this exciting programme to as many schools as possible in 2017. 

Diversity is key for us and this reflects strongly in the different mediums that we continue to work with; Fine Art, Digital Animation, Photography, Videography, Drawing, Mixed Media and Painting. 

Ayla Farrell

Ayla is currently in 6th year, and is planning to continue studying art when she finishes school. "A lot of my art pieces are mixed media, with watercolour and acrylic paints, charcoal, and pen. I usually focus on nature, but occasionally venture into the land of portraiture!"

Meet some of our wonderful artists

daisy gaffney 

Daisy is a practicing artist with a 1st Class Honours, BA in Fine Arts from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Equipped with creative and organisational skills, tested and honed both in the academic setting and in the field, literally as Creative Director and Graphic Designer of the Knockanstockan music and arts festival in Wicklow for 4 consecutive years. 

paul barker

Paul is the director of Old Pine Films. An accomplished photographer and videographer who was the creative mind behind our 'LEO' promotional video captured in 2014. See below. 


Nadia corridan

Nadia is an emerging artist from Kinsale, County Cork but now based in Enniscorthy, County Wexford. She graduated from Limerick School of Art & Design with a BA Honours in Fine Art painting. Her practice centres on the idea of stolen identity. Her work is both archive and a narrative, portraying the struggle to maintain a sense of self despite adversity. To avoid conveying such heavy representations of the subject matter, her practice offers a glimpse or a subtle suggestion to what the narrative may or may not be about.