Visitors to Wexford County Council headquarters in Carricklawn, Wexford Town may have noticed a sudden increase in the number of paintings on display in the foyer. This is the result of a specially curated exhibition encompassing artwork created over the past ten years by participants and artists of the Arts Ability Programme – an arts programme which celebrates the creative imagination of people who experience mental health issues and/or intellectual, physical or sensory disabilities. The exhibition will be launched at 1.15pm on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 in County Buildings. Jeremy Hill, Director of the Norman Gallery, Rathnure, will be guest speaker.
The primary objective of the exhibition is not only to celebrate the life of the programme, but also to provide a platform to reach a new audience i.e. members of the public who visit County Buildings on business can view the work as they course through the foyer.
Arts Ability has become an exemplar model of partnership, involving the Arts Department of Wexford County Council, the Arts Council, HSE Disability & Mental Health Services and partner venues (the Recreational Therapy Unit of St. Senan’s Hospital, Killagoley Training and Activation Centre, Enniscorthy, County Wexford Community Workshop New Ross and Wexford Residential and Intellectual Disability Services).
Arts Ability has grown from strength to strength since its initiation; in fact, the programme was recently shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award 2013.
The exhibition will remain in situ until 4 October.