Waterford Healing Arts Trust is currently hosting an exhibition by artist Caroline Hyland at University Hospital Waterford. Caroline’s work is strongly informed by listening to people with dementia, and to those who support them; their families, friends and medical professionals. Can You See What I See? features a series of hand-painted illustrations depicting supports Caroline has learnt that may help someone to live well or a little better with dementia.
The overall purpose of the series is to complement the existing dementia awareness campaigns and add to the general public’s knowledge of dementia so people can understand this disease together and support each other.
Caroline will give a tour of this work at 11am on Thursday 11 October 2018 as part of the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing. All are welcome. The exhibition continues until 31 October 2018.
Caroline Hyland is an illustrator and Artist in Residence in the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital. She believes information can be made more accessible to people through the medium of visual art. Her work as a former Occupational Therapist in the intellectual disability services increased her interest in the area of dementia and she is passionate about seeing the person and not just the condition. Through her weekly bedside art sessions, voluntary opportunities and illustrative work, Caroline actively strives to highlight the importance of supporting people to maintain interests and stay engaged. She firmly believes people can and should be supported to live well with dementia.
This exhibition is supported by the Arts Council, the HSE, Tallaght University Hospital and the Adelaide Health Foundation.