Invisible Cords by Clodagh Kelly.

Invisible Cords at McKenna Gallery, Riverbank Arts Centre is a collection of artwork developed by Kildare-based visual artist Clodagh Kelly over the last 10 years. Clodagh uses drawing, mixed media and natural materials to explore health, landscape, healing and form in space. As part of the exhibition programme, Clodagh and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Claire Hawkes will discuss the ‘Sacred Conversations’ which permeate our conscious and unconscious interactions with art and humanity.

Chris McMahon (The Treatment Room) will offer insights based on his healing practice. This discussion is taking place at McKenna Gallery on Friday 4 February at 7pm and forms part of Riverbank Arts Centre’s First Fortnight programme.

This is a free event. In line with government guidelines, you will be required to show your EU COVID Certificate and Valid ID for entry to the McKenna Gallery.

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Panel Biographies

Clodagh Kelly studied Fine Art at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, National College of Art & Design Dublin and National University Ireland receiving a Masters in Arts in 2007. Previously Clodagh explored themes such as mental health and human rights, working as an artist and educator within the Irish psychiatric youth and adult services for several years. Philosophy, sociology and history play an intrinsic role in her art practice. After graduating from art college in 1997, Clodagh developed mental illness and was diagnosed by psychiatry with Schizophrenia in 1999. Today Clodagh still ‘Voice Hears’ but does not subscribe to psychiatric conditioning and lives with the belief that ‘Voice Hearing’ is part of her natural state of being.

Claire Hawkes is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who worked in a mental health organisation for twenty years. She now works in private practice. She is a member of the professional psychoanalytic organisations in Ireland.

Chris McMahon is owner of The Treatment Room (Maynooth), which offers Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Meditation Classes, T’ai Chi Chuan Instruction, QCT Energy Healing, Chi Kung Tuition, & Taoist Philosophy insights.

Invisible Cords is on display at the McKenna Gallery in Riverbank Arts Centre until 18 February 2022. For further information visit


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