Leopardstown Park Hospital art exhibition
THE residents of Leopardstown Park Hospital will hold the exhibition ‘Art is the Place we Meet’, at Signal Arts Centre in Bray, from Monday, July 8 until Sunday, July 21.
The opening reception will take place on Sunday, July 14, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The work presented in this exhibition is the result of the activities of the residents’ art group at the hospital.
The provision of this service for residents stems from the strong belief in the power of art to connect people, to enable communication, to alleviate suffering and lessen the burden that illness brings.
Some of the artists involved in the project have never painted before, others are well experienced but for all of them to pick up the brush and step into the creative journey in health care settings was an act of courage and determination.
Works in this exhibition are the images of emotions, ideas, sensations, struggles and memories transferred to the canvas, paper, bread boards and even table cloths. They are the proof of strength of human spirit and creativity.
The art group consists of 10 to 15 people who meet on a regular basis. The offer support to each other and give encouragement through difficult moments.
The aim of the group is to encourage any form of creative expression not only through painting but also writing, sculpting or music.
Activity coordinator Marta Nowakowska leads the group. She is a psychiatric nurse and an artist herself with a broad training in the field of using art as therapeutic intervention and component training certificate in arts and the community by Age and Opportunity.
RIGHT: A piece by a member of the Leopardstown Park Hospital art group.