Image shown: CD Mandala created from recycled materials was installed in the courtyard of Cork University Hospital on 1 May 2019.

Cork University Hospital is bringing a number of projects and events to patients and visitors in May and June 2019, led by the CUH Arts Department and Arts Committee. CUH has also recently hosted Music Makers, interactive music-making mornings for children in the Puffin Ward facilitated by undergraduate music students as part of their Community Music Studies at CIT Cork School of Music.

Reflecting Through Art Exhibition 2019
1 – 17 May
Opening times: 8am-pm daily

Reflecting Through Art is an annual exhibition open to anyone using the mental health services. The CUH Arts Committee has brought the exhibition to the hospital for a number of years. Led by Cork Mental Health Foundation, the project aims to encourage creative activity, raise the profile of the artists and their talents, and also highlights the importance of art not just in recovery from a mental health difficulty but also as a positive coping strategy through difficult times. The tour started at Cork International Airport in March 2019, and the exhibition can now be seen in The Art Atrium of the Cardiac Renal Centre (CRC) at CUH.

Purchase of paintings and enquiries to Cork Mental Health Foundation, 021-4511100 or

Kids’ Classics musicians visit CUH

The CUH Arts Department looks forward to the Kids’ Classics visits to the children’s ward on Friday 10 May and Wednesday 12 June.

Kids’ Classics is a non-profit organisation that delivers high quality professional music workshops, performances and music participation opportunities in the heart of healthcare, education and community settings.

All Kids’ Classics musicians are full-time professional musicians and additionally qualified as hospital musicians with the collective experience of working in acute and chronic medical settings in hospitals across Ireland and Europe.

CUH – Menu of Poems for National Poetry Day
2 May 2019

Menu of Poems takes the form of a short anthology of poetry which is distributed annually to health service users in a range of healthcare settings nationally, supported by Poetry Ireland.

For further information see

A Green Hospital Campus

As part of Corporate Volunteer Day at CUH on 1 May, a CD Mandala was installed in the hospital courtyard. This colourful mandala has been created using recycled CDs in various colours. This project is in line with the hospital’s vision of being the first green campus in the world.

‘Patient & Public’ Music in the Community programme

Music students from UCC are taking part in a 10-week practical placement as part of the ‘Patient & Public’ Music in the Community programme.

Music Makers: Music Project for paediatrics patients in the Puffin Ward

As part of their Community Music Studies at CIT Cork School of Music, three undergraduate music students ran a short project of three interactive music-making mornings with patients in the Puffin Ward on Tuesdays during the month of March.

Under the supervision of their CITCSM lecturer, Edel Sullivan, students Róisin Rock, Courtney O’ Connor and Stephen Manning worked on the ward for up to two hours on each visit. The project was supported by Arts Co-ordinator Edelle Nolan with the Paediatric Occupational Therapist and CUH School Principal.

Working in both multi-bed and single-bed rooms, as well as the play room, the students performed a range of song material using their voices, guitar and ukulele. The patients were encouraged and facilitated to participate in the music-making both vocally and instrumentally, using tuned and untuned percussion instruments provided by the CITCSM students.


For all enquiries about the CUH Arts, Health and Wellbeing Programme, contact Edelle Nolan, Arts & Health Coordinator on 086-7714617.


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