Culture Night is taking place on Friday 21 September 2018 with healthcare settings around the country hosting events for service users and the general public. Here is a little of what’s taking place. 


Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is marking Culture Night with two special public events at University Hospital Galway. Festivities will commence at 6pm with the first UHG screening of The Second Hand of the Clock, a short documentary film by Marielle MacLeman and Tom Flanagan about the Dialysis Arts Programme in Unit 7 at Merlin Park University Hospital. A poet, a raconteur, and two nurses ‘escape’ dialysis to reveal how the arts programme enhances time and fosters human connection, long after their traces are wiped away by Actichlor. GUHAT was awarded the 2017 Documentation Bursary to create the film. The screening will take place in the Consultant’s Boardroom on the ground floor of the main hospital, the first left from the corridor leading from the main foyer.

The second event brings music to the foyer which has become a firm favourite of patients, staff and visitors. Maria Fahy (violin), Kenny Fahy (bodhrán) and James Sheridan (guitar and vocals) will perform in the main foyer from 7-8.30pm bringing a mix of traditional and folk music.


St Patrick’s Mental Health Services are hosting three public events. Join Professor Jim Lucey to hear about the life and legacy of the Founder of St Patrick’s Hospital, Jonathan Swift, take a ‘Swift Tour’ and check out artworks by recent graduates from NCAD in the Emerging Artists exhibition. Further information on these events is available here.

The National Centre for Arts and Health at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) runs arts events throughout the year in various departments across the hospital. For Culture Night they are hosting art and music events from 4-9pm in the public atrium of the hospital featuring craft-making by hospital artists and a special performance from the TUH Choir. The event will be open to all members of the public, hospital visitors, patients, staff and anyone passing by the hospital is welcome to attend. For further information phone 01-4142000.


Waterford Healing Arts Trust is hosting a private event for patients at University Hospital Waterford. Musicians Liam Merriman, Eoin O’Meachair, Sharon Scanlon, Dean Flynn and Alan Browne will bring Healing Sounds on the Wards sessions into Renal Dialysis and Medical Wards 3, 4 and 5.


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