Image shown: Stories from the Well-Field: Sean

Stories from the Well-Field is an interactive performance created by a group of Arts for Health participants in St. Joseph’s Ward, Bantry General Hospital in collaboration with artist Tess Leak, puppeteer Eoin Lynch and composers Justin Grounds and Darragh Kearns-Hayes. The artist-collective and St. Joseph’s activities co-ordinator Sarah Cairns will share the new work at Uilinn: West Cork Arts Centre on 19 January 2019.

Set in a ‘Well-Field’ during a raucous Village Fair, the artists bring to life poems created by the participants about childhood friends, kindness and a dancing moose-fur coat. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end…and to join in throughout!

Event information
Date: Saturday 19 January
Time: 3pm (duration 1 hr approx)
Venue: The UCC and Bollinger Family Space, level 3, Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre

This is a peer sharing, so is ideal for artists/performers and people working in healthcare for older people. Age 16 plus.
Free but booking essential on 028-22090.

Tess Leak a visual artist and musician has collaborated with composers, dancers, poets and puppeteers. She has been working as an artist in healthcare settings since 2010 as part of the West Cork Arts for Health programme, and has developed a multi-disciplinary approach to participation. Tess recently graduated from the Curious School of Puppetry in London and her solo show at West Cork Arts Centre in 2015 premiered a new composition by the The Vespertine Quintet in which she plays the cello.

Eoin Lynch is a puppeteer, theatre-maker and performer who graduated from the Curious School of Puppetry in 2017. He is co-founder of ‘Wildefolk Theatre’ and has toured his one-man show ‘The Locksmith’s Song’ nationally. Eoin has travelled extensively to gain a stronger understanding of how puppetry and mask influence theatre and ritual in different cultures. As a performer, he has worked with some of Ireland’s most prolific theatre and dance companies such as Druid, Red Kettle, CoisCéim, Barabbas and Macnas.

Justin Grounds is a violinist, composer and electronic music producer whose work ‘Passacaglia Apis’ for Solo Baroque Violin and String Orchestra won the East Cork Early Music Festival composer’s competition in 2014. He has worked as a composer for the West Cork Arts for Health programme since 2015 and collaborated with dancer Inma Pavon on Last Dance with participants in Clonakilty Hospital. He performs regularly as a solo baroque violinist, as a composing member of The Vespertine Quintet, and with bands Idiot Songs, Fir Beag and Farewell J.R.

This project is part of the West Cork Arts for Health Programme and is funded by an Arts Council Arts Participation Project Award. For more information on the programme visit


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