Image shown: Black 47 by Michael Farrell. Image courtesy of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum

In the Picture is a gallery programme by Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre for people living with dementia and their family, friends or professional carers. The programme offers bespoke tours of exhibitions in a safe and welcoming environment. The next In the Picture will explore the exhibition Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger on Friday 28 September 2018 at 11am. 

These special tours are about making observations, describing and building connections. They allow each person the time to comfortably observe and experience the space and artwork. This seated tour includes light refreshments as part of the social and friendly approach.

What the participants say

It was very good; we walked around and looked at all the art. I would like to do more of these types of visits.’ – Sheila

Mam comes home full of life and buzzing after the activity. I can see a huge difference in Mam when she returns.’ – Sheila’s Son

About the exhibition and facilitator 

This session is delivered by artist facilitator Sarah Ruttle and care professional Sarah Cairns, and takes place in galleries I & II. Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger is an exhibition  selected from the collection of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, the largest Famine-related art collection in existence. Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger will be shown in three locations in Ireland only: Dublin Castle (March-June 2018), Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre (20 July to 13 October 2018) and Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry (January-March 2019).

The exhibition of artworks at Uillinn, including work by major Irish and Irish American artists of the past 170 years such as Daniel Macdonald, Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, William Crozier, Hughie O’Donoghue, Dorothy Cross and Alanna O’Kelly, will be accompanied by a rich and diverse programme of performances, talks, lectures and events at Uillinn, and off-site in other locations in West Cork. These will resonate with the history and legacy of the Great Hunger and also amplify the contemporary themes explored in the exhibition. The themes include famine, the politics of food, poverty, displacement of peoples, refugees, emigration, identity, memory and loss.


If you’re thinking of coming along or would like to discuss or book your visit, call (028) 22090 or email

Nursing home or care facility groups are very welcome. Service is free of charge. Booking is essential.

Further information: 

Arts for Health

In the Picture is part of the Arts for Health partnership programme based in West Cork. The programme provides a managed and integrated arts programme for older people in healthcare settings. Managed by West Cork Arts Centre, Arts for Health runs all year round and is delivered by a team of professional artists from different disciplines. It takes place in five community hospitals, Bantry General Hospital Care of the Elderly Unit and five day care centres. The partners comprise West Cork Arts Centre, Cork County Council, Cork Education & Training Board and the HSE. The HSE is represented through the Cork Arts + Health Programme, the Communications Department, the Health Promotion Department, the Nursing Directors of Community Hospitals and the Day Care Centres, West Cork.


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