Art Is A Wound Turned Into Light is a new exhibition on mental health at NUI Galway, featuring work by 17 Galway-based artists. The exhibition, hosted by Please Talk,  highlights the therapeutic and communicative value of art in the area of mental health. Running throughout Mental Health Week, the exhibition remains open until Sunday 11 October.

Art Is A Wound Turned Into Light features work by artists including Kaye Maahs, Nuala Frawley, Norah Brennan, Patricia Prieto Blanco, Katherine Halford Greene, Eleanor Brennan, Laney Mannion, Dagmar Drabent, David Keane, Fiona Kennedy, Kathleen Furey and Ester Kiely.

The featured image ‘being sick and getting over it I’ is by artist Patricia Prieto Blanco: ‘Sickness threatens your persona, not just your body. The two images [in the exhibition] are part of an ongoing project which I have used to deal with an ongoing health condition. It is about losing and finding yourself. It is about taking ownership of your pain.’

Please Talk is a student-led mental health movement in Ireland which urges students to understand that talking is a strength not a weakness and that if you’re experiencing problems while at college, there are people there who you can talk to. Please Talk identifies services in colleges that students can turn to including chaplains, counsellors, student support officers, students’ unions and disability support services among others. For more information visit


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