Through Anam Beo‘s arts and health programme, creative and enthusiastic participating groups from the Irish Wheelchair Association, Riada House, Birr Nursing Unit, Clara Day Care, the Attic Therapy Centre and Ofalia House created up to 300 small artworks using collage and mixed media on a standard postcard. The postcard artworks will be displayed on the 3 November at the Aras an Chontae in Tullamore. The Anam Beo art facilitators will assemble the postcards into a maneuverable artwork which will evolve during the first weeks in November.
On the 7 and 14 November there will be workshops with Anam Beo facilitators who will encourage a creative response from all footfall on the premises by providing art materials and postcards for those who wish to create their own collage postcard that facilitators may add to the main artwork. Schools and community groups are invited to take part during this time. On the final viewing day there will be a closing reception, this allows viewing the progress of ongoing work during November and the final artwork at the closing reception a few weeks later where people can take home their postcards.
As this exhibition conicudes with a month long mental health awareness programme in another exhibition area there is a wonderful animated DVD about Bipolar created by Rowena Keaveny with the Attic Centre. This will be on display alongside information about the project itself. This dvd was aided by the Community Foundation for Ireland and the Attic Centre. It is envisaged that this DVD will be given out as information on a national level to sufferers of Bipolar.
Also this year the annual event will include new participants artwork from Carthage House, Muchlagh and large artwork by the Irish Wheelchair Association, Ballinagar.
This programme has been enabled by Offaly County Council,the Dublin Mid Leinster HSE, Anam Beo and a large thank you to all the staff and participants at the centres involved.
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