This short documentary film entitled The Room is the result of the inaugural documentation bursary from artsandhealth.ie. Artist Tom Meskell and filmmaker Róisín Loughrey received this award in 2013 to document the arts programme at Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar, Co. Mayo which is facilitated by Tom.
The Room sets out to explore the small moments of magic that happen in the course the arts programme, moments that allow for growth for both participants and the artist. Using a fly-on-the-wall approach, this film is a powerful and moving portrayal of the creative experience of long-stay hospital residents who have an acquired brain injury as a result of stroke, accident or conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s and reveals the profound impact of the arts programme on their lives.
The artsandhealth.ie documentation bursary was funded by the Arts Council and the Cork Arts and Health Programme, HSE South.