Leop­ard­stown Park Hos­pi­tal art ex­hi­bi­tion

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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.

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