Arts + Health

Brigid, Our Spirit Stirring

The film was launched at the W8 Centre, Manorhamilton, County Leitrim on St Brigid’s Day. Creators and performers from the six counties who feature in the film attended and once again created Brigid’s crosses and Brídeóga dolls, this time with Helena Golden, the ‘Willow Woman’, from Leitrim. Attendees stepped through the Brigid’s Girdle while saying a personal prayer for protection during the year ahead.

I didn’t know I’d be able for making such lovely things. – Project participant

This project has connected older people from the North West in a uniquely creative and celebratory way around the theme of Brigid, both Goddess and Saint. – Karen Horgan, CEO Age & Opportunity

Brigid, Our Spirit Stirring is a digital fusion of a contemporary live event that reimagines collective and cross-generational folk custom. I loved creating this work; the contributors created beautiful, evocative poems and gorgeous processional artefacts. – Artist Marie Brett

The project is the result of an Age Friendly Ireland initiative in conjunction with the Creative Ireland Programme which called for the delivery of regional creative initiatives for older people in the context of supporting health and wellbeing. Following a call for proposals, Age & Opportunity’s proposal with artist Marie Brett was selected for the North Region.

Kiltipper Woods, National Arts in Nursing Homes Day Awardee 2022

Between Land and Water: Outlandish Theatre Platform and women from the Dublin 8 community, funded by the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme. Photo Kilian Waters.

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