Artful Afternoon

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is proud to partner with the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia and The Berkeley Retirement Residences to offer a fun and creative program for people with dementia and their partners in care.  

Artful Afternoon is a series of workshops, designed for both those with memory loss and their partners in care. Participants are offered creative activities beginning with an interactive gallery tour led by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, followed by a hands-on studio activity led by artist Erin Laende.

Staff from the partner organizations and volunteers work together with participants, encouraging the development of friendships and shared experiences. Modifications and support are given to all participants to encourage confidence, creativity, imagination and the development of artistic skills.

Program Provides

  • A relaxed and inspiring environment to spend time with those you know and others you will meet
  • An opportunity to visit your provincial art gallery to view and talk about artworks
  • A venue to experiment with a range of materials and art techniques

“At The Berkeley, we know how important it is to create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere,” says Diane Campbell, President and CEO of The Berkeley. “The Artful Afternoon program provides participants with new opportunities to connect with art and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia provides the perfect setting.”  

“This program would not be possible without the financial support and expertise of our partners”, says Dale Sheppard, Curator of Education and Public Programs, at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Lloyd Brown, Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia said, “Artful Afternoon is a unique program in Canada and one that is making a difference in the lives of those with memory loss.”

On June 23, 2015, the Alzheimer Society hosted the province’s Health Minister Leo Glavine at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The Province announced the first-ever Dementia Strategy, making $579,000 available in the hope of allowing more people to live independently. Artful Afternoon guests were on hand participating in creating their own art.

Location and Time

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis Street, Halifax
Select Sundays, 1 - 3pm


There is no cost for this program but registration is required to join a session of workshops. To register, please contact the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia at (902) 422-7961.

Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia         The Berkeley Retirement Residences