CCAC involved in project exploring new methods of treatment for psychological issues related to migration

Posted on: 8th November, 2016

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Arts in Health is a fast-emerging field that has developed in response to interest regarding the diverse ways in which the arts contribute to health, wellbeing, social inclusion and healthcare practice across a range of settings. The potential of art as therapy in cases of trauma and psychological ill health has far reaching possibilities, and has a particular relevance in a contemporary context: with global political instability causing mass migration. People who are forcibly displaced from their homes are often vulnerable to psychological issues, and in extreme cases the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder can have lasting effects. This new field of Arts in Health is currently breaking ground on new methods of resolving problems such as these, helping new immigrants to ease their transition to a new culture and home.

Clonakilty Community Arts will be at the forefront of a project exploring new methods of treatment for psychological issues related to migration and refugees and asylum-seekers. Along with five other partner organisations around Europe, including Italy, Germany, France and the UK), Clonakilty Community Arts has been awarded funding through the ERAMUS+ project to help create a body of research that will eventually lead to the building of a toolkit for artists and art therapists over the next 24 months. The project begins with a meeting this November in Liverpool.

Artist Kate Mcelroy will exhibit a selection of her ceramic, video and drawing work at Clonakilty Community Arts Centre Gallery from November 11, 2016. Kate’s work explores the ever changing and evolving states of the individual. She aims to capture varying aspects of the human experience from extreme highs to lows, from feelings of oneness to disconnection. The work explores the relationship between an individual’s inner and outer self and also the self and their connection to the world. Readings in psychology and spirituality, as well as aspects of biology feed her work. She uses a variation of mediums and processes to transform experiences and ideas into an expressive outer language. Her materials are chosen for their direct, physical and cathartic characteristics and are worked with in an intuitive yet considered manner.

Aside from the exhibition programme, Clonakilty Community Arts Centre is offering a great range of classes and workshops throughout the summer. A beginners course in digital photography begins on in late October and runs every Wednesday evening for six weeks, life-drawing classes will continue each Tuesday night, Jewellery making classes are held each Thursday morning and the ever-popular Creative Kids workshops continue each Saturday afternoon. A great idea for a creative children’s birthday party is to have them gather at the centre to make some great art and crafts. Contact the Arts Centre at: (023) 885 9688 or go to www.clonarts.com for all information on classes, exhibitions and workshops.

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11th October, 2017  ·  

Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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11th October, 2017  ·  

Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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