The third annual Art Exhibition hosted by Wexford Mental Health Association (WMHA) has been launched at the WMHA offices in Henrietta St, Wexford.
This year more than 85 artists are exhibiting their work at the Creativity Counts Art Exhibition. It includes art, photography, sculture and poetry and will be on display every weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the duration of the Opera Festival.
Introducing the speakers at the launch, Chairperson of WMHA. Alice Doyle, congratulated all those who had their work featured and urged people to fundraise for Wexford MHA to help expand existing services and create more helpful and supportive initiatives.
The Exhibition was formally opened by by Mr George Lawlor, Mayor of Wexford, and he spoke in glowing terms of the work being done by WMHA. He congratulated WMHA for being at the forefront when it comes to offering hope and recovery to those experiencing mental health difficulties and particularly praised its initiative 'A Face in the Crowd,' a powerful theatre in education programme.
Niall O'Muiri, Board Director of Wexford MHA, and former Community Mental Health Nurse, spoke of the benefits of using art for positive mental health. Recounting his own experiences of working with people with mental health difficulties, he said art in particular helped people to find a way back.
Alice Doyle then thanked all the artists for their support of the Creativity Counts Exhibition and those who donated their time and creative talents to WMHA. She also expressed gratitude to all of those who worked to bring the Art Exhibition to fruition and made special mention of Board Director and Senior OT, Ciaradh Walsh, and Theresa Codd Goff, Administration Support Officer with WMHA.
She paid tribute to those who worked behind the scenes, Emily Redmond and Jimi Cullen, Elaine and Liz Power, Michael Dunbar and Annette Wall in particular and all those who offered to curate the exhibition for its duration.