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“I have learned that art is not necessarily about being able to produce an excellent picture but about being creative and that I have a talent I was not aware of"
2013 Participant

“I have to say this has been the most wonderful experience and it has brought out our hidden talents. Something very special comes from classes like this.”

Participant 2011

What is it?

The Creative Well offers friendly, daytime workshops in your locality where you can try creative arts activities. Learn about the arts, develop skills and connect with others in your community. We welcome adults with all levels of experience including complete beginners!

The aim of this programme is to support health and wellbeing through the arts within local communites. Previous participants have remarked on how participation in this programme has added interest to their lives and also helped them to explore their own creativity.

The Creative Well is supported by Kildare County Council Arts Service, HSE Kildare West Wicklow Mental Health Services, HSE Health Promotion, Kildare County Mental Health Association and Kildare County Council Library Service.

How does it work?

The Creative Well is a twelve week programme. Workshops run once a week and are delivered by professional trained artists in a supportive, relaxed and non-pressurised environment.

Workshop Facilitator Biographies

Dominic Thorpe

Dominic Thorpe originally hails from Newbridge in County Kildare. He studied art at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and received an MA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design Dublin in 2006

Dominic has wide experience of teaching art at all levels from beginners to advanced. He has worked on various public art projects and has also been a visiting lecturer at the National College of Art and Design, the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Emma Finucane

Emma Finucane was born in Dublin and lives in Co. Wicklow. She graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with MA Fine Art in 2006 having received a BA Fine Art Print in 1997.

Emma has experience teaching all levels of age, experience and ability. Over the past 10 years she has taught in Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, The National College of Art and Design, City of Dublin VEC Adult Education and has lead outreach workshops for Amnesty International, Draiocht Blanchardstown, The National Gallery of Ireland and The Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin.

For further information on the Creative well programme contact:

Carolann Courtney

Tel: 0831709589

Email: carolanncourtney@kwaras.ie