My exhibition opened at St. John’s Community Hospital, Sligo yesterday. It’s a permanent photography exhibition and I was thrilled to be asked to be involved.
Some of my work involves documenting art workshops at day centres for older people. I’ve seen how positive these workshops are and what a difference they make to the people. It’s not just about art, it’s about starting conversations, reminiscing, friendship and there’s even the odd song.
I’ve seen people come to life when they discuss ideas with the artist and I’ve seen the joy in their faces when they see their work framed and displayed. These are just some of the reasons why the Bealtaine Festival is dear to my heart.
So for my Art Wall exhibition I re-explored County Sligo capturing images that would open up conversations and resonate with the residents and staff of St. John’s. The favourite photos have been printed, the exhibition was curated by Catherine Fanning and they are now on display in the hospital. I found it so exciting to see which ones were chosen and listening to people discussing them.
So that was the first bit of excitement. The second bit was that some of my photos are hanging in The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo! I never thought I’d see the day! Once again this is thanks to Catherine. I documented the Pathway project that artists Catherine Fanning and Brigitta Viradi collaborated on with the residents of Nazareth House. Catherine has come up with a new body of work inspired by Pathway and this is currently in The Hamilton Gallery – along with some of my photos from Pathway. Catherine’s exhibition is on until the 2nd June so do call in and if you get a chance.