The first Artist Residency at Wexford General Hospital commenced in February 2019. Initiated by Wexford County Council Arts Office with support from Creative Ireland, and overseen by Edelle Nolan, Arts and Health Officer at WGH, artist Kate Murphy was chosen to facilitate a short research residency.
‘Home… Away from Home’ gives patients and staff the opportunity to share stories and images from home places and to create a collaborative visual artwork for permanent display at the hospital.
Kate built a large plywood house structure (100 x 150 x 180cms) mounted on casters, which she wheels through the hospital, visiting different departments each week.
Over the past eight weeks, patients and staff have been invited to paint, draw, print or write on the house around the idea of Home. Emphasis has been placed on the building of textures by creating transparent layers on the panels of the house; each participant working over and around the previously created images, adding depth with each new process.
Images of home places, wallpapers, and even treasured pets have made their way onto the house.
At the end of the project, the house will be dismantled and the house-shaped panels will be displayed as paintings within WGH with photographic documentation of the process.
The project will culminate with a launch of the finished pieces in late May 2019.