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As part of the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2019, artist Tess Leak, puppeteer Eoin Lynch, activities co-ordinator Sarah Cairns and composer Justin Grounds will present a CPD session on 9 October for artists interested in facilitating cross-artform participatory projects in care settings for older people. 

They will draw on their experience of developing an interactive performance with a group of residents at St Joseph’s Ward, Bantry General Hospital, in this inspiring workshop.

The morning workshop will be followed in the afternoon by a performance of Stories from the Well-field at 2pm. Set in a ‘Well-field’ during a raucous village fair, this heart-warming interactive performance brings to life poems about childhood friends, kindness and dancing foxes, created by residents of St Joseph’s Ward, Bantry General Hospital, in collaboration with Tess Leak, Eoin Lynch, Justin Grounds and supported by Sarah Cairns. Interaction is encouraged.

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


Visual artist and musician Tess Leak 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 played the cello.

Puppeteer, theatre-maker and performer Eoin Lynch 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.

Violinist, composer and electronic music producer Justin Grounds has worked as a composer for the West Cork Arts for Health programme since 2015. He 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. His work Passacaglia Apis for solo baroque violin and string orchestra won the East Cork Early Music Festival composer’s competition in 2014.

Booking information

Venue: Waterford Healing Arts Trust Centre for Arts & Health, University Hospital Waterford, Dunmore Road, Waterford
Date: Wednesday 9 Oct 2019
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Workshop fee: €10.00
Places limited – advance booking essential.

To book:

Further information: / 051 842664


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