Culture Night is taking place on Friday 20 September 2019. Healthcare settings across the country are hosting private events for service users, staff and families, and are opening their doors to the general public with music, dance, theatre, exhibitions, creative workshops, historical tours and more.
Saolta Arts celebrates Culture Night in University Hospital Galway
Saolta Arts kicks off Culture Night with a musical performance by AnneMarie Hynes, harper and singer, in the main foyer of University Hospital Galway from 6-7 pm. This will be followed by the launch of Wild Atlantic Photographer Through the Lens of Dr Michael Sugrue, an exhibition by Dr Michael Sugrue on the arts corridor of UHG at 7.30 pm. This photographic exhibition tells the story of the unfolding of a day from dawn to dusk, including beautiful black and white images mixed with iconic Galway scenes. Wild Atlantic Photographer is on display until 18 October. All welcome.
Ten Years on – Art in the Sacred Heart is an exhibition at Custom House Studios in Westport celebrating the last 10 years of the Art Room in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Castlebar, facilitated by artist in residence Tom Meskell. All of the work in the show has been made by or in collaboration with the residents of the hospital. Tom will give a talk at Custom House Studios at 7pm.
The Big Sing will take place in the Cardiac Renal Centre from 5-6.30 pm featuring Scrubs, the resident choir, made up of current and retired staff from the hospital campus. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the hospital’s art collections. The first collection began in CUH in 1998 and is made up of over 320 artworks donated as gifts to the hospital over the past 20 years. The second collection is The West Cork Collection, consisting of 32 artworks and is kindly on loan from Paul & Aileen Finucane.
Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre will opens its doors for Culture Night at 6.30pm, welcoming visitors to a tour of its latest exhibition, an immersive audio visual and sound installation, and live music in the courtyard from Arts for Health composer and violinist Justin Grounds and Arts for Health artist and cellist Tess Leak. Justin and Tess will play music from a diverse range of community projects including pieces from their Barefoot Baroque tour and a poem by Arts for Health participants called Reading the Sky.
Culture Day at Tallaght University Hospital
TUH celebrations for Culture Day take place beside the Volunteer Coffee Shop in the hospital atrium. The National Centre for Arts and Health team present a drop-in creative workshop from 11-1 pm. Participants are invited to ‘get creative’ with hospital artists Olivia Hassett and Caroline Hyland. For your musical entertainment, join fantastic singer in residence Clara Rose Monahan for a sing-along session between 1.30-2 pm. All art materials and lyric sheets will be provided free of charge. All welcome.
Dr Steevens will open its doors for guided access tours of the historic Edward Worth Library, with its wonderful collection of rare books, and a new exhibition on ‘Surgery at the Edward Worth Library.’ (Library tours 6-8 pm with limited availability). Entertainment will be provided by the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf, Deaf Folk Dance Ireland and Dublin Deaf Choir. A book launch from the Nurses & Midwives short stories competition will also feature on the night. Culture Night at Dr Steevens’ Hospital runs from 5.30 – 9.30 pm, no booking required.
Visit the Arts Space to see artworks by recent graduates from NCAD. In the Lecture Hall, there will be screenings of a series of powerful films from the #StillJustMe anti-stigma campaign and a compelling collection of winning entries to the annual Frame of Mind short film competition, all with a mental health theme. Culture Night at SPMHS runs from 5 – 9.30 pm, no booking required.
Traditional musicians will perform from 7-8 pm in the main concourse. This group volunteer their time once a month to provide music at lunchtime in the main concourse public space in Naas General Hospital and play a session in the Lake View Unit during their visit. Many of the musicians are members of Comhaltas Kilteel Eadestown.
The Rhinestone Cowboy Sessions are a series of live recorded sessions with surprise music artists and Past Times, a community choir supporting people living with dementia, their families, friends and communities in County Kildare. “One Last Kiss” with Kildare-based singer songwriter Ross Breen is the fifth installment. This Culture Night Special Edition is a collaboration between Past Times & Voices of Spring Community Choirs. The live launch at 4pm can be watched online at
Reminiscence Theatre is described as making theatre from memories. ‘A Play with ME in it’ was co-created in St James’ Hospital by in-patients, out-patients and care giving staff. This play weaves together individual stories and narratives in a short, highly engaging production. The performance will run from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm at Tuar Ard Arts Centre, Moate, with a cup of tea and a chat afterwards.