Saturday 10 October 2015

New art project gets the seal of approval

Published 19/02/2013 | 05:24

An art project created to help people with mental disability met with approval when art officers gave a presentation at a recent Carlow County Council meeting.

Arts officer Sinead Dowling, Curator Denis Roche and artists Brian McGuire and Emma Finucane spoke to the members about the project that is currently underway.

Now in its third phase, curator Denis Roche, is currently working with people with mental disabilities to build a boat that they plan to launch in to the river barrow in a couple of months.

The project, Carlow Public Art, is taking place over a two-year period and works with those attending St Dympna's and classes at the Leighlinbridge parish centre.

'We are working within the community to address issues like loss of self and psychological isolation associated with mental disability,' said Roche. The first phase saw artist Emma Finucane engage with and carry out group work with clients accessing mental health classes at Leighlinbridge parish centre.

During the second phase artist Brian McGuire created a painting space in St Dympna's Hospital and finally Curator Denis Roche will work with others to build a boat in Visual with the help of those involved in the master ship building in Dunbrody and those involved in building a Viking boat in Waterford. It is hoped that the 20ft boat will sail on the water.

An exhibition is due to take place in April or May of this year.

Cllr Ann Ahern, who is on the project committee with Cllr Michael Abbey, said it was great to see such great work being done after walls and stigma had been built up around mental illness.

Cllr Wayne Fennell said he was 'very impressed'.

'This presentation has brightened my day, this is exactly what we need,' he said. Cllr Willie Quinn noted that in Borris three permanent art stands are being set up on Borris bridge with views of Clashganny and Borris House.

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