Image shown: Puppetry and storytelling St Brendans

The Care Seminar is an event focusing on creativity and the arts in health, care and wellbeing. This event takes place as part of VoltAge, a festival-within-a-festival, glór Arts Centre, Ennis and Clare County of Culture, to celebrate Bealtaine’s 21st Birthday and Clare as County of Culture. VoltAge will feature three days of exhibitions, discussions and events from 5 May to 7 May. The Care Seminar takes place on Thursday 5 May from 2 – 5pm in glór, Ennis, Admission is free. 

Contributing artists, facilitators and theatre practitioners will discuss how they have brought their artistic practice and experience to care/health communities and will look at the importance creativity can play in health and wellbeing both on a personal and a community level. Participants include: Sally Murphy Painting Back, VOID Engage Project, Derry; visual artist Sinead Dinneen and collaborator Katie Verling from the Kicking the Bucket project; theatre artist Eleanor Feely (St Josephs Hospital, Ennis); visual artist Sarah Fuller (Other Possibilities, St Brendans Nursing Home, Loughrea); theatre practitioner and therapist Marie McNamara; and WillFredd Theatre, who will be performing their show CARE at 8pm on Thursday 5th May.

The Care Seminar is aimed at care professionals/educators/students, arts practitioners, art therapists and the interested public.

“…Art does not confine itself to reason and experiment. It deals also in emotion and feeling, resources include comedy and ritual, metaphor, imagery and symbol, sound and movement, time, space and the body. Among its strengths are the capacity to communicate things we sense inarticulately, know without knowing and are afraid to say or think.” Both Sides of the Coin: The Distinctive Value of Art in Health Care, Franc?ois Matarasso.

An exhibition of visual artist Sinead Dinneen’s work and a screening of the film Painting Back, VOID Engage Project, can be seen in the glo?r gallery from 3 – 9 May.

Funded by VOLTage/Clare County of Culture 2016 and supported by Age and Opportunity.


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