Expressions in Colour Art Exhibition at Cork University Hospital

Cork University Hospital (CUH) Arts Committee and the Acute Mental Health Unit will today (31st July 2008) launch an exhibition of their first ever ‘artist-in-residence’ project.

This project was developed in collaboration with the CUH arts committee and the Acute Mental Health Unit. The artist chosen to facilitate this residency was Ms Charlotte Donovan who spent ten weeks working with patients.  Two sessions each week were held and were open for all patients to attend.  Patients were encouraged to experiment with a wide range of art materials and techniques Glass Blowing and Collage.  More than sixty patients in total participated in the project.

The exhibition, ‘Expressions in Colour’, will be held in the gallery space of the Staff Dining Room in GF and is open to staff and visitors during normal opening hours (8-10am 12-2pm and 5-7pm) until 15th September, 2008.

Martin Denny, Clinical Nurse Manager, GF Unit said, “the project has been extremely beneficial to patients on the unit and has given them a real opportunity to express themselves. A lot of the patients said that they would love to do it again.

Charlotte said of the project “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work in the Unit.  The welcome and support from the staff has been fantastic, and I was amazed at the quality and diversity of the artwork produced by the patients.  It just goes to show what amazing creativity people have within them – they just need the opportunity and encouragement to express it. “

The exhibition – Expressions in Colour – will be opened by Ms Gretta Crowley, Local Health Office Manager on Thursday 31st July at 4pm.

Last updated on: 31 / 07 / 2008