On Friday of 29th May as part of the Bealtaine Festival an exhibition of drawings and paintings was launched in the Linen Hall Art Centre Castlebar. All the work on display was part of the “Art Room” arts in care settings programme. Amongst the care centres represented was St Attracta’s Nursing Home Hagfield, Charlestown.
The aim of the program is to create an arts environment where the facilitating artist is working with the participants as fellow artists. Tom Meskell was the facilitating artist who worked with eight of St. Attractas Nursing Home residents to produce fantastic art displays. Tom’s mum Nuala Meskell who is a resident of St. Attractas was amongst the artists and attended the exhibition on the day. Her fellow artists were: Maureen Walsh, Seamus Fox, Nora Dillon, Teresa Grennan, Kitty Stenson, Chris Davey, Mary O’ Higgins, Mary B McLoughlin, Ann Sandys.
There was a great crowd gathered at the launch, a wonderful atmosphere with staff, family, friends and participants of the art programme marvelling at the wonderful work on display. The work looked beautiful in the Linenhall exhibition space and there were huge complements paid to the hard work and creativity of all those involved.
On completion of the exhibition the art will be permanently displayed in the nursing home for all to enjoy.