Image shown: Head in Hedgerow at RUH

Head in the Hedgerow by artist Hugh Barr opened at Roscommon University Hospital (RUH) on Tuesday 9 August and will continue until Wednesday 31 August. The exhibition features a series of paintings showing the diversity of plants and flowers found within the hedgerow.

Hugh Barr’s paintings are inspired by the nature surrounding him, the small things that make up the bigger picture. Hugh states; “I began to see the plants and signs of animals. I noticed the seasonal changes and even saw how the plants reacted to the daily effects of weather and light. I always considered that I had been aware of these things before, but now I was taking a closer look. This enabled me to understand the diversity of life that is sustained by the hedgerows and the important role that they play within the countryside.”

Margaret Flannery, Arts Director said, “Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is delighted to select a County Roscommon based artist for the first art exhibition at Roscommon University Hospital. Taking his inspiration from daily walks with his dogs, artist Hugh Barr portrays the local flora and our native hedgerows.”

Pamela Normoyle, Health and Wellbeing Roscommon stated “Head in the Hedgerow is the first arts and health initiative at RUH. The arts enhance the environment and wellbeing for staff, patients and visitors at our hospitals. We look forward to setting up an Arts Committee in the coming months and organizing a programme of arts events.”

For further information on this exhibition visit For information regarding the arts programme contact Galway University Hospital Arts Trust at 091-544979 or email


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