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Archive for August 2013


Well, a festival of arts and wellbeing in Waterford

Date posted: 29 August 2013

Image shown: The Wishing Balloons Project by Brigid Teehan

‘One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.’  Goethe

As a species we are programmed to create – sometimes, though, we forget to. It is often not until a film resonates with our personal story or a piece of poetry succinctly expresses exactly how we feel or music reaches into us and lifts our spirit that this creative instinct is reinvigorated.

Well, a new joint initiative between Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford Healing Arts Trust, aims to explore and celebrate the benefits of participation in the arts for each individual and the whole community. It will run from 7-12 October incorporating World Mental Health Day on 10 October during which daytime events will be free to attend. Music, poetry, performance art, film and theatre will be on in Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford Regional Hospital and throughout the city. Read More


Arts Ability exhibition of selected works 2003-2013

Date posted: 29 August 2013

Image shown: Arts Ability exhibition

Visitors to Wexford County Council headquarters in Carricklawn, Wexford Town may have noticed a sudden increase in the number of paintings on display in the foyer. This is the result of a specially curated exhibition encompassing artwork created over the past ten years by participants and artists of the Arts Ability Programme – an arts programme which celebrates the creative imagination of people who experience mental health issues and/or intellectual, physical or sensory disabilities. The exhibition will be launched at 1.15pm on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 in County Buildings. Jeremy Hill, Director of the Norman Gallery, Rathnure, will be guest speaker.   Read More


A Gathering Place – A Menu of Poems

Date posted: 28 August 2013

Image shown: A Menu of Poems

To coincide with All Ireland Poetry Day on Thursday 3 October 2013, a unique poetry collection – a Menu of Poems, will be distributed on hospital wards, in waiting rooms, Day Care Centres and other health settings for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy.

This Menu of Poems, specially selected for adults in healthcare contexts, is available to anyone working in a healthcare facility to download, self-print and distribute in their own locations and has been designed as an A4 folded pamphlet. Read More


Call for Submissions -Wall of Hope Project

Date posted: 27 August 2013

A mental health festival will take place in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary from 6 -13 October to raise awareness of mental health issues. A calender of events and projects will be advertised nearer the time. One such project is the Wall of Hope. It is envisaged that this will be a wall display of inspirational and uplifting words, songs, images, poems, prayers, photos, stories, words of wisdom, inspirational messages etc. This project will be displayed locally to the public. The South Tipperary Action Network (STAN) are now looking for submissions of work to this project that might be uplifting to another person at difficult times or anything that has helped you.

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Let’s Connect Exhibition

Date posted: 27 August 2013

Image shown: Votive #1, Oils on Canvas by Éilis Crean

Artwork that helps us feel connected provides the background to an exciting exhibition which will be launched by Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People on the 5 September 2013 at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portaloise at 5pm.

The exhibition curated by HSE Clinical Nurse Specialist Angela Delaney of the Laois Mental Health Services, entitled Let’s Connect, will explore the significant connections between art and mental health; the power that art can play in shaping ideas and how it provides a strong medium to communicate for people who sometimes struggle to engage with society. Read More

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