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Culture Night is taking place on Friday 22 September 2017 with arts and health events around the country, many of them open to the public. Here we provide a round up of what’s happening in the East. 


St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services 

Take part in an evening of collaborative creative writing with Fighting Words and check out artworks by recent graduates from NCAD in the Emerging Artists exhibition. Read more.

Mater Hospital

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital opens its original front entrance for a rare chance to visit this historic North Dublin landmark. Held in the magnificent Pillar Room, learn about the past, present and future of medicine and surgery. Take a glimpse at an old surgical theatre; learn about our medics and surgical innovation; view some of our archival records, historic photos and fascinating medical devices which are open to the public for the first time; learn about the history of nursing in the Mater and greet our nurses from 1911; and view our Radiology Imaging Exhibit including a 3D and Ultrasound display. Children and adults welcome. Read more.

National Centre for Arts & Health, Tallaght 

  • The award-winning Tallaght Hospital Choir, accompanied by musician Clara Rose, will kick things off with a performance in the hospital canteen at 11am.
  • Make your own hedgehog from recycled books with artist Anna West! Find her in the Centre for Learning and Development from 1-2pm where she will be facilitating papercraft workshops suitable for all ages.
  • Soothe to the sounds of Clara Rose and friends as they perform an eclectic mix of music in The Atrium from 7 – 8pm.
  • Follow the hospital Art Trail and discover beautiful artworks throughout the hospital!

Coombe Hospital: Outlandish Theatre Platform 

You are invited to participate in a creative theatre workshop. As artist-in-residence at the Coombe Women and Infants Hospital, Outlandish Theatre work with professional and non-professional performers to make new inter-disciplinary theatre performances. This workshop will introduce you to their theatre-making practice and will explore methods of creating original performances. Booking essential. Read more.

Royal Hospital Donnybrook

Explore the art collection of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook. Started in the 1980s to improve the environment for patients, today the collection comprises about 145 works including Patrick Scott and Tony O’Malley. Read more.


Kildare Arts and Wellbeing: Lean on Me 

Three of Co. Kildare’s most interesting choral groups lean on each other to create an intergenerational sound some 100 voices strong. Anam Youth Choir, Past Times Community Choir and Voices of Spring Community Choir will take you through their most popular songs, featuring hits from Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, The Beatles and Coldplay. Family friendly and wheelchair accessible. Please note this event will take place on Saturday 23 September. Read more.


Helium Arts Superhero Bazaar, Mullingar 

Reveal your secret Superhero! Come to the secret Superhero Bazaar at Days Bazaar from 2-6pm and discover your superpower. Through mask making and drama games children will transform hero style. A pop-up make-up artist will also appear to add body art embellishments. Mini-cinema booths will be screening films made by the super teenagers who have taken part in Helium Arts’ creative programmes.

About Helium Arts: We believe creativity changes lives. We support children with serious illnesses to let their creativity shine. Our creative projects provide much-needed distraction and relief from the loneliness and sadness caused by illness. In turn, children are in control of creating joyful experiences and happy memories, supported by our artists. Helium Arts’ programmes take place in hospital and community settings across Ireland.

Anam Beo: SS2017 shorts

Three short films encapsulate the interactions between Anam Beo artists Julie Spollen and Rowena Keaveny and staff at Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore. An exhibition of the artworks will be displayed on the ground floor at Tullamore Hospital from mid September. Read more.


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