The Arts and Health Co-ordinators Ireland (AHCI) are delighted to announce their Culture Night programme for 2014 which integrates a range of arts experiences into various facets of our healthcare system for the benefit of health service users, staff and the wider community.

At 6pm, on Culture Night, 19 September, WHAT (the Waterford Healing Arts Trust) will host a special behind the scenes tour of Waterford in Stitches an exhibition of tapestries in University Hospital Waterford that have been produced by the UHW Tapestry Group since 1998 for the benefit of patients. This will be followed at 7pm by a live performance by The Carty Sisters a three – piece new folk/trad music group from New Ross that puts a modern twist to well known trad songs with their youthful upbeat vibrancy. Both events will begin in the foyer of University Hospital Waterford. For further information contact Claire Meaney / Mary Grehan on 051-842664 or e-mail

Meanwhile up in Dublin, the National Centre for Arts and Health which aims to improve the hospital experience for patients in Tallaght Hospital will host a free musical event with Daori Farrell and Paddy Kiernan on Mandola, Voice and Banjo. The concert will run from 6pm to 7pm in the main reception area of Tallaght Hospital. Contact Hilary Moss at 01 414 2076 for more information.

Also in Dublin at 6pm, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services on James Street will host an Open Mic Night. Singers, musicians, dancers, readers, writers, actors, talkers and creators are all invited to attend and participate and there will be guest performers on the night. This event will strive to de-stigmatise mental health. Contact Paula Higgins at 01 249 3200 for more information.

Further north in Dundalk, the Nature Studio, an exhibition of artworks inspired by nature by residents of Saint John of God North East Services will be launched at 6pm in The Basement Gallery, An Tain Arts Centre Dundalk. This exhibition will showcase paintings, prints, collage and artworks made using natural materials and will take the form of an interactive studio with workshops for all ages. For further information, contact Pamela Whitaker at 086-8250806 or email

Inspired by the West Cork tradition of ‘scoraíochting’ where people gathered in neighbours’ houses to listen, sing, play music and dance, West Cork Mental Health Services and MusicAlive have joined forces to host an extra special ‘Open Door’ session as part of their ongoing Open Door programme from 5pm to 7pm at the Cork School of Music, Cork city. Choir leader and singer Caz Jeffries will be the special guest and all are welcome to join in the singing, music making and maybe even dancing!

For further information, contact Kevin O’Shanahan at or 086 7872481.

For more information on Arts and Health Co-ordinators Ireland (AHCI) and arts and health in Ireland, contact Mary Grehan / Claire Meaney at 051 842664 or email


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