In 2013, artist Tom Meskell and award-winning documentary maker Róisín Loughrey were awarded an inaugural bursary from artsandhealth.ie, the national arts and health website managed by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), to document through film an arts programme involving people who have an acquired brain injury, which is facilitated by Tom at Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. The completed short documentary entitled The Room was launched in Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar on Monday, 12 May 2014. The documentary is now available to view here: https://www.artsandhealth.ie/resource/videos/the-room/
The Room sets out to explore the small moments of magic that happen in the course of the arts programme; moments that allow for growth for both participants and the artist. Using a fly-on-the-wall approach, the 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.
artsandhealth.ie is making a second bursary available in 2014 which is funded by the Arts Council and the Cork Arts and Health Programme, HSE South. See here for details.