Artist Tess Leak (centre) with her sisters.

Are you an adult who grew up with a sibling with a disability or chronic illness? If so, artist Tess Leak would love to meet you! Tess is conducting some research to explore the experiences and needs of other adult siblings (like herself) through one-to-one informal conversations.

These conversations are part of a research phase which explores the potential for an arts-based project for adult siblings in Ireland and is supported by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.

For further information about these in-person or online conversations, please phone Tess on 086 3689778 or email:

Tess Leak

Tess Leak is an artist and musician. She is co-founder and curator of participatory projects Haiku Island Press, The Museum of Miniature and The Museum of Making and Mending and is cellist with the Vespertine Quintet. She is a graduate of the BA in Visual Art on Sherkin Island and The Curious School of Puppetry in London.

Tess has been working with the Arts for Health Programme in West Cork since 2010. In 2020, she created the Museum of Song Postal Project in collaboration with artist Sharon Whooley which was delivered to healthcare settings as a response to the isolation of participants during the pandemic. In 2019, Tess collaborated with a group of residents in Bantry General Hospital to create the puppetry-based performance Stories from the Well-Field which brought to life participants’ poems about childhood friendships. This was supported by an Arts Council Project Award and an documentation bursary.


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