‘Bedside’ art project launched by local Mental Health Services
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is an art project consisting of a series of
printed landscapes by Sligo artist Andy Parsons in conjunction with
service users at the Inpatients Unit Mental Health Services, Sligo.
worked with service users to develop a series of etchings and woodcuts
for each bedside locker, as part of a commission for both male and
The process of creative consultation with service
users, through a number of workshops informed the resulting works of
receding landscapes, snatches of vegetation and winding sweeps of the
In more recent years there has been
growing interest in arts and health initiatives where the creative
process itself is seen to enhance general well-being. The aesthetics of
healthcare environments and culturally appropriate care are also areas
receiving greater attention and research.
Following the initial workshops, the artist produced a set of roadside drawings and later printed the Bedside
images at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre Studios in Manorhamilton. The
artworks themselves are small, quiet black and white prints, each hand
coloured and carefully positioned, like little windows within the units
allocated to each resident.
about the launch of the art project Niamh O’Connor Coordinator of the
Arts Initiative in Mental Health, states that, “it is a lovely thing
that each bedside has their own original artwork, marking out a
personalised space amid all the necessities of a busy healthcare
setting. Congratulations go to Andy for listening so acutely to the
place, for producing such a beautiful set of prints and to the service
users who collaborated with him.”
Details of the prints were
framed as freestanding art works for administrative desks and were also
developed into a series of greeting cards by the Arts Initiative in
Mental Health for sale in the onsite shop. ‘Bedside’ is the featured
Case Study for August 2015 on the national Arts and Health website www.artsandhealth.ie
It will go live on the website this Saturday August 1st.
This project was funded by an Art Against Stigma Award, Lundbeck IRL and the HSE Mental Health Services Sligo/Leitrim.