Tuesday 30 September 2014

Guggi hails the healing power of art for patients

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan, artist Sheelagh McShane, artist Maria Kilgannon and Guggi at the launch of ‘Art Walk’ at St Lukes Oncology Centre in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, yesterday. Picture: Karen Morgan

ARTIST Guggi has said the healing power of art should not be underestimated at the launch of a new 'Art Walk' near a busy cancer ward.

"Art is a form of therapy, no doubt about it. Looking at pieces of art and creating pieces of art is like a tonic," said Guggi, who launched the 'Art Walk', with Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan.

"Painting has been therapeutic for me; it has saved my ass on more than one occasion," Guggi told the Irish Independent. "I think this will bolster the spirits of people receiving treatment."

Art Walk will display works from over 20 contemporary artists including Rod Coyne, Norman Teeling, Maria Kilgallon and Paul Leech.

Artist Sheelagh McShane is the brains behind the installation, and came up with the idea while she was receiving treatment for breast cancer.

"When I first walked through the corridor I felt like the walls were crying out for colour and for art. It is so beautifully lit it looked like a gallery space or a blank canvas. "I think it's lovely that people can move from one hospital to the other and in the process disappear in this space filled with beautiful paintings," she said.

The art is available to buy with 10pc of proceeds going to the Friends of Saint Luke and Beaumont Hospital Foundation.

Irish Independent

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