Image shown: Artwork created through the art programme in the Dialysis Unit

At Tallaght Hospital, the art programme in the Dialysis Unit continues to expand and develop because of the generous funding and support from the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund. Recently an evaluation report has been completed which might be of interest and help to others working in the field. To read this report click here.

For any of us, having the opportunity to access the arts, or be involved in a creative activity, in some way, might improve our sense of well being and inspire our imagination. However, for patients spending long hours in hospital undergoing treatment, such as dialysis, on a continual basis, the opportunity to participate in art sessions and explore and experiment with colour and materials, can have enormous therapeutic value and can contribute to the quality of care in a more holistic sense. The art sessions offer freedom of expression and the chance to develop a new interest to patients, thus empowering patients with a sense of achievement, turning trapped negative time into positive productive time.

Lucia Barnes is Artist in Residence in the unit and has developed the service from its inception in 2003.

For more information on this programme contact Hilary Moss on 01 414 2076 or e-mail Esther Nyambura (


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