Image shown: Hearth artist working with a participant in his home

Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St James’s Hospital in Dublin is hosting a series of events as part of Bealtaine Festival, celebrating creativity as we age. These events are taking place in collaboration with Bealtaine Festival, NCAD, the Irish Hospice Foundation, Creative Life MISA, St. James’s Hospital and IMMA.

Wednesday 8 May 2019
NCAD – Creative Life MISA Series: LECTURE 4 : Lunchtime/ Drop in Art Talk
Location: Ground floor, Creative Life, MISA, St. James’s Hospital
Venue: 1.15pm – 1.45 pm

Breda Mayock (project manager) will discuss the Hearth Project in County Mayo. Hearth brings art into the homes of older people who are isolated geographically or restricted for other reasons. A skilled artist experienced in working with older people and those with special needs travels to the home of the older person weekly and facilitates a one-to-one workshop there. Hearth has been taking place in North Mayo (the Belmullet area, Claremorris, Ballinrobe and Achill Island) over the past 10 years. The participants are guided and mentored in the process of making drawings, paintings, looking at art books and looking to nature for ideas and inspiration.

All welcome to drop in!

Thursday 9 May 2019
Main Bealtaine Event Day: Comhrá bás, cáca agus cupán!
Venue: Ground floor, Creative Life, MISA
Time: 12-2pm                   
Register: Admission Free, spaces limited:

Join the Irish Hospice Foundation to drink tea, eat cake and take some time to think, talk and tell each other what really matters. Talking about death and dying is rarely easy but when we consider that whatever stage of life we are at, death is usually with us in one way or another – it is perhaps something we should think about more often.

Thursday 9 May 2019
Bealtaine Discussion 2019: The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living
Venue: First Floor Seminar Room, MISA
Time: 2.30-4.30pm                  
Register: Admission Free, spaces limited:

Taking inspiration from Damien Hirst’s iconic shark in formaldehyde sculpture The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), this multidisciplinary discussion will explore how we conceive, imagine, understand, process and articulate the difficult subject of death and dying. Through the diverse eyes of artists, academics and medics, as well as personal testimony, we hope to examine and shed light on our peculiar capacities, perceptions, taboos, fetishes, fears and even shame around conversations on death.

This discussion has been organised by Bealtaine in partnership with Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing, the National College of Art and Design and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

For further information on this event see


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