Monday, 13 October 2014

Arts Care Fundraising 'Off The Rails" Event

Not one but 2 posters for

Arts Care Fundraising 'Off The Rails" Event
Paul Casey, Roy Arbuckle and Anne Tracey keep Arts Care right on track at a special "Off The Rails" concert and Preloved Sale Event on October 18th.
The home grown, critically acclaimed, singer songwriters, are set to deliver a fantastic night of music and song in the cool surrounds of the Sandwich Company off the Diamond, in Derry City Centre. 
Hosted by BBC personality Noel Thompson, 'Off The Rails' is a unique event which will raise funds for Arts Care in the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

Doors open at 7.30pm with a sparkling reception, and an exclusive opportunity to rummage for both ladies and gents, high street to high end fashion treasure at a fabulous pre-loved clothes sale and fun celeb auction.

Admission will be £10 at door, all profits go to Arts Care in Western Trust. Price includes entertainment, champagne reception, BYO and exclusive Op to Shop in our 'Off The Rail' sale. 

For more information contact Arts Care, 
Artist in Residence, Brónagh Corr-McNicholl. 
Mob 07928028642

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

History Wall

Some detail from the History Wall I was commissioned to create for the new Mental Health service Users hospital in Derry, Grangewood. The wall finally went up yesterday (July 28th) and thankfully it looks great :)

It does have a serious side though as it tracks the history of Mental Health services and the parlance and terms around mental health, historically not always kind. The wall serves to remind staff as to how far mental health services has come.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Here and Beyond 2014

This year again I have been delighted to have been involved in the Arts 

Care ‘Here & Now’ Older People Festival, 2014. Funded by the Public

 Health Agency, the project runs across health and social care settings 

and in the community.

The participants never fails to surprise me, no matter their age they are. Last year my oldest client was 104, this year the oldest came in at the youthful age of 92. I helped another lovely 82 year old to her car with her work, she told me her car was the red one outside the door. There were two cars, a wee red fiat and a ferrari red sports car coupe outside the door. I decided to let her lead, and yes… she jumped into the sportscar and zoomed away. Thats the way I want to roll when I'm 82!
All in all, I completed 3 projects for Here and Beyond, 


1) The Glue that binds us, which was great fun, we smashed pots and painted the fragments, then glued the pieces back together, pics later.
2) some sessions at the Derry Print workshop, which saw some beautiful works and great enjoyment.
3)and finally 'Objective' which saw me creating 10 canvas around the theme. The results were fantastic, as you can see here.
The project is similar to last year in the fact that we produced canvases around the idea of self portraiture, but this time it will be about telling life stories through an image of an object. We did some creative writing and painting.
I asked the participants in advance to really think about an object to take in .
To give it some special thought, look at what they have with new eyes.
Have a lttle time to to look around at personal possesions, Is there one thing that transports them to a moment in rife?
Perhaps something from childhood? an item from there mother’s kitchen? an old toy?

I was looking for objects that means something to the participant, it did not have to be valuable or old, or not obvious, not just about your career or hobby, the connection to the memory should not be so obvious to the viewer. The image will have a deeper meaner than its surface. The Haiku might give a clue as to the memory it invokes. So the object creates a nostalgic moment, the same way a photo will spark memories.

This is the result. They also produced a painted Abstract piece relating to their object.
(Photos to follow)

I think the results speak for themselves