Waterford Healing Arts Trust presents a new solo exhibition by Waterford artist Darragh Lyons at University Hospital Waterford. The Point of Viewing features key strands of Lyons’ work: Show Your Colours explores the colourful and complex experience of living in a community; Elemental is a representation of close relationships; Letting it all in considers inner space, light and shadow. The exhibition continues until 16 October 2017.
The theme of home is constant throughout and can be particularly poignant when viewed from a hospital setting. As Darragh explains: ‘When visiting a hospital we are acutely aware of how much we would like either for our loved ones to be back home with us, or how we would like to be home ourselves. These paintings offer a set of different “points of viewing” of the house. The “House” motif can be read as a symbol for memories of childhood, a harbour of safety, the nature of the human mind and body and a distillation of all the human stories contained within.’
Darragh will give a free public talk on 10 October at 11am in the hospital foyer as part of Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing.
Darragh Lyons is an artist based in Waterford City. A graduate of the School of Architecture at University College Dublin, Darragh’s work has been exhibited widely: he has been featured in the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, and his work is part of the Waterford Municipal Collection and the University Hospital Waterford art collection. Darragh is part of the 20ten artist collective in Waterford City, which runs a gallery and workspace on Lombard Street. Darragh has experienced the positive work of Waterford Healing Arts Trust through his contact with, and care from, the staff of the Department of Psychiatry at UHW.