Pride of Place is a virtual art exhibition by County Louth care home residents, running until 31 January 2022. Over a yearlong art project led by An Táin Arts Centre, artist Rozzi Kennedy collaborated with residents to support the development of their artistic skills, culminating in a group exhibition of their work.
Funded by the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creativity in Older People 2021, Pride of Place is the latest in a series of Creative Ireland collaborations between An Táin Arts Centre and Rozzi Kennedy. Rozzi was the recipient of An Táin Arts Centre residency programme in 2019 which helped her to develop a collaborative practice.
Previously an activity co-ordinator in healthcare settings, during her residency Rozzi developed a visual arts outreach project with people living with dementia who attend The Birches Day Centre in Dundalk. Together they produced From The Birches To The Basement, an exhibition of paintings and drawings at An Táin.
Following the residency, the relationship with The Birches continued with Memories Matter, a reminiscence and life history arts project designed by Rozzi to bring the arts centre and day centre together again to celebrate lives, share memories, enjoy and create art. During Covid restrictions, Rozzi developed Signed Sealed and Delivered, sending Co Louth care home residents original paintings and initiating a letter writing correspondence with them.
Twelve care homes took part in Pride of Place: Dealgan House Nursing Home and St Francis Nursing Home (Mount Oliver) in Dundalk, Carlingford Nursing Home, St Joseph’s Hospital and Moorehall Lodge in Ardee, Blackrock Abbey Nursing Home, Sunhill Nursing Home in Termonfeckin, St Peter’s Nursing Home in Castlebellingham, Boyne View House, St Mary’s Hospital, Aras Mhuire and Sisters of Mercy in Dundalk.
View the virtual exhibition here:
About Rozzi Kennedy
Rozzi Kennedy is a visual artist whose practice is focused on painting. A graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design, her studio is based within a remote Irish landscape in Co Armagh. She exhibits individually and also collaborates in the field of Arts & Health. Her work is driven by subjects such as landscape, nature, memories, stories and people. www.rozzikennedy.com