Art is the Place we Meet is a group exhibition by the residents’ Art Group in Leopardstown Park Hospital, Dublin. The provision of this service for residents stems from the strong belief in the power of art to connect people, to enable communication, to alleviate suffering and lessen the burden that illness brings. The exhibition is running at Signal Arts Centre in Bray from 8-21 July 2019.
Some of the artists involved in the project have never painted before, others are well-experienced, but for all of them to pick up the brush and step into the creative journey in healthcare settings was an act of courage and determination. For this exhibition, the focus was on images emanating from inside: emotions, ideas, sensations, struggles, memories, transferred to the canvas, paper, bread boards and even table cloths; they are the proof of the strength of human spirit and creativity.
The Art Group consists of 10 to 15 people meeting on a regular basis, offering strong support to each other and giving encouragement through difficult moments. The aim is to encourage any form of creative expression not only through painting but also writing, sculpting or music.
The Art Group is led by the Resident Services Activity Coordinator Marta Nowakowska, who is a psychiatric nurse and an artist, under supervision of Residents Services Manager Paula Carraher.