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Kildare County Council Arts Service

Doing The Rounds – Exhibition Launched at Naas General Hospital

Healing Arts

An exhibition of extracts from the Art Collection of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust

Naas General Hospital, 10 July – 31 August 2008

Kildare County Council Arts Service is delighted to announce the launch of Doing The Rounds, an art exhibition from the collection of Waterford Healing Arts Trust. The exhibition runs from Thursday 10 July to Sunday 31 August in the concourse of Naas General Hospital. Speaking at the launch, Deputy Mayor of County Kildare Paddy Mc Namara said the exhibition is “a great initiative and provided a unique opportunity for patients and staff to see valuable work from acclaimed artists’.

This exhibition is a collaborative project between Kildare County Council Arts Service, Naas Hospital Arts Committee and Waterford Healing Arts Trust. Since last August Nicola Dunne, Arts in Health Specialist, Kildare County Council has been working with Naas Hospital Arts Committee to develop and extend their arts programme and policy. Successful recent initiatives include creative writing workshops in the cardiac rehab unit and the launch of a storytelling CD produced by patients in the day hospital. This collaboration forms part of our commitment to the inter-agency development of arts in health projects as outlined in “Making Inroads, An Arts Development Plan for Kildare County Council 2006-2011’.

Thanks to the generosity of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust who agreed to loan the collection, we could avail of this valuable resource and share it with Kildare audiences. The Waterford Healing Arts Trust is one of Ireland’s longest running hospital arts programmes based in Waterford Regional Hospital. This exhibition has been curated by the arts co-ordinators of four hospitals, Waterford Regional Hospital, The Mater Hospital, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin and University Hospital, Galway, and features a diversity of artwork by contemporary artists. This is the first time part of the collection has toured to other hospitals and we are delighted to host its exhibition in Kildare.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust