Image shown: Votive #1

Artwork that helps us feel connected provides the background to an exciting exhibition which will be launched by Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People on the 5 September 2013 at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portaloise at 5pm.

The exhibition curated by HSE Clinical Nurse Specialist Angela Delaney of the Laois Mental Health Services, entitled Let’s Connect, will explore the significant connections between art and mental health; the power that art can play in shaping ideas and how it provides a strong medium to communicate for people who sometimes struggle to engage with society.Angela Delaney, Curator and CNS Arts Therapy said, “By coming together as a community we are highlighting the importance of taking care of our mental health, through engaging with each other and encouraging participation in activities in our local community.”

The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to exhibit artwork by people from different backgrounds such as established national and international artists Brian Maguire, Geraldine O’ Reilly, Éilis Crean and Niamh Boyce, alongside artists using Laois Offaly Mental Health Services. It serves to normalise the experience of mental health illness and prevent stigmatisation and exclusion of people who are sometimes on the margins of society.

This exhibition will run from 5 – 30 September and will form part of Laois Mental Health Awareness Week “Laois Connects” from 28 September to 5 October.

For further information contact: The Link Centre, St. Fintan’s, Portlaoise 057 8696932 and Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Tel. 057 8663355,


Sign up to our e-bulletin to keep up to date with the latest news and opportunities.