Skibbereen Day Care Centre produces glass art work

Posted on: 6th October, 2014

Category: Features

Contributor: West Cork People

One hundred older people attending the Skibbereen Day Care Centre have been busy working with glass and digital art techniques recently with artist Michael Ray, an award winning visual artist living in West Cork, transferring photographs of themselves and handwritten extracts of conversations into six colourful interconnected glass panels.

This latest project to come out of Arts for Health West Cork evolved from an idea to try an include all 100 local residents attending Skibbereen day care centre in one single connecting project and it has been a huge success.

skib 2014 install detail2Spearheaded by the HSE’s day care centre coordinator Mary Willis, this collaborative project is as much about the conversation and sharing as it is about the making of the artwork as Sam Kingston, a participant on the project commentated ‘lots of stories we discussed and many laughs we had’. Hannah French observed on working with glass, ‘it gives me great pride to know we are capable of learning something new at this stage in our lives’. Many of the budding artists have lived in other countries and have had diverse occupations such as island midwifery, Scotch whisky distilling and barrage balloon operations. The completed artwork takes pride of place as a permanent display in the Day Care Centre.

Artist Michael Ray remarked on the project at the official launch ‘This project has given me a fascinating insight into people who have lived incredibly diverse and rewarding lives, I feel honoured to have facilitated this project with them.’

Today it is widely recognised that participation in arts activities contributes to health and well-being. Research from many different parts of the world demonstrates the crucial importance for older people of maintaining a connected social network and the need for stimulating, challenging creative activity to combat cognitive decline, poor health and even premature mortality. Experience and research gained in healthcare centres in many parts of the world also demonstrate that arts in healthcare programmes can be cost-effective in reducing demand on medical resources and infrastructure.

Welcoming this latest initiative, Cork County Council Arts Officer, Ian McDonagh said, “This artwork serves as a reminder of the latent creativity that everyone possesses, and which can be most effectively realised when participants have an opportunity to work collaboratively with a practicing artist in a supportive environment.”

Arts for Health partnership programme is based in West Cork and provides a managed and integrated arts programme for older people in healthcare settings. It takes place in five Community Hospitals, Bantry General Hospital Care of the Elderly Unit and five Day Care Centres.

Managed by West Cork Arts Centre, Arts for Health runs all year round and is delivered by team of professional artists from different disciplines.

Latest News Articles:

West Cork girls among first to earn Irish Girl Guides’ new engineering badge
What is GDPR and who does it affect?
Kinsale historic map project launched
Dunmanway launches year-long celebration of Sam Maguire
Sam Maguire School Tour launched
Fundraising drive to get Kinsale students to World Robotics Championships to Kentucky
Answer the Call to save lives on March 23
Clonakilty students return from trip of a lifetime to rural Malawi
Clonakilty Fairtrade Fortnight celebrates 15 years
€44 million to improve Cork roads

Join us on Facebook

... See MoreSee Less

13th April, 2018  ·  

An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
... See MoreSee Less

12th April, 2018  ·  

The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing schulldramagroup@gmail.com

For more information please contact hilary.mccarthy6@gmail.com
... See MoreSee Less

9th April, 2018  ·  

Jump to:

Top