Image shown: Starling Song Project

As part of the Skibbereen Arts Festival, the Arts for Health Partnership Programme will present two projects: The Starling Song Project featuring Liz Clark at West Cork Hotel on Thursday 31 July at 7.30pm and an exhibition by residents of the Skibbereen Community Hospital entitled River Green at Field’s Coffee Shop from Monday 28 July to Monday 4 August. 

Starling Song is a song-writing project investigating locality and connecting older people across West Cork.The project was developed by song-writer and musician Liz Clark with visual artist Tess Leak and delivered as part of the Arts for Health Partnership Programme. This ongoing project takes place with older participants in 11 different health care settings across West Cork. Artists and participants share life and musical experiences, ideas and aspirations. Liz Clark then introduces melody to the conversation and lyrics and musical compositions are formed. These songs are celebrating a way of life that is disappearing, voiced by the people who experienced it.

On 31 July, Liz, with the help of other local musicians, will be re-visiting the songs created over the last two years with the aim of developing a ‘Folk Opera’ at a later date. Admission is €5.00.

For the River Green  exhibition, artist Toma McCullim worked with residents of Skibbereen Community Hospital to produce gelatin monoprints of the flowers and plants of the River Ilen as part of an engagement with plantlore and folklore. Toma is a guest artist on the Arts for Health Programme. The exhibition is on view at Field’s Coffee Shop from Monday 28 July to Monday 4 August. Admission is free. 


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