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Stories from the Well-Field

by Sharon Whooley

Following a two-year residency in St. Joseph’s Unit, Bantry General Hospital, artist Tess Leak collaborated with a group of residents, puppeteer Eoin Lynch and composer Justin Grounds to create ‘Stories from the Well-Field’, bringing to life their poems about enduring childhood friendships. Tess Leak and filmmaker Sharon Whooley were awarded the 2018 artsandhealth.ie documentation bursary to capture the project on film. 

Sharon Whooley’s short observational film captures the remarkable performance by ‘The Well-Field Company’ which took place in January 2019.

The way the show was created, accessible to all our cognitive differences, meant that nothing more was required of us, only our unique selves.’ – Sarah Cairns, Dementia Care Mentor.

The project was supported by an Arts Council of Ireland Arts Participation Project Award and is part of the Arts for Health Partnership Programme, West Cork.

The artsandhealth.ie documentation bursary is funded by the HSE and the Arts Council.


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