Birr Community Nursing Unit, Riada House Day Care Centre, Tullamore, Clara Day Care Centre, Ofalia House, Edenderry, The Irish Wheelchair Association, Ballinagar, Birr Care Centre, The Attic Therapy Centre in Tullamore. These are centres’ with consistent art sessions. Anam Beo have also provided workshops to The National Learning Network,The Renal Unit at Tullamore Hospital, Carthage House Muchlagh and Clochan house in Tullamore.
About Anam Beo Facilitating Artists: have Garda vetting, have completed HSE training in Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and know the Anam Beo Protection Policy and follow the Facilitators in Healthcare Settings Guidelines.
Jackie Lynch graduated with a B.A (Hons) in Fine Art and Postgraduate diploma in Applied Arts from the University of Ulster. She was the recipient of a yearlong scholarship from the University of Ulster to study Chinese woodblock print making to Xian, P.R. China, where she was also awarded a Monbusho (Japanese Government Scholarship) to study Japanese language at Kyoto University and Japanese printmaking in Kyoto Seika University. She lived in Kyoto for six years. Her work is held in many private and public collections and she exhibits regularly.
Rowena Keaveny is a visual artist and arts facilitator. She is the recipient of bursaries from The Community Foundation for Ireland (2012, 2012), The Arts and Disability Ireland Awards (The Arts Council and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland- 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013), Tyrone Guthrie Award (Offaly County Council-2009), Artist in the Community Award (Create + The Arts Council- 2009), The Arts Council (2004). Both in public and private collections, her work uses digital media, photography, animation and socially engaged practice. She is presently studying in Cork for an MA in Art Therapy.
Julie Spollen has extensive arts facilitating experience in care centres and colleges with applied art courses. Following NCAD in 1994 she attended the Royal college of Art in London for an MA in Applied Arts. With awards and commissions from major companies in private collections such as Rolls Royce, her creative objective is to respond to her thoughts and environment both in design and visual art contexts. She has participated in exhibitions, publications,community projects and has worked with the music and fashion industry in London. Later she trained as an art and design facilitator, to work with groups and individuals. Since 2005 she has worked with the Arts Office in Offaly County Council, The HSE, Age and Opportunity, The Irish Wheelchair Association, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Irish Rail and Anam Beo.
“Anam Beo place great emphasis on reminding us of what people can achieve when given the chance, regardless of their physical or mental limitations. Arts and Health are very different contexts, with different languages and requirements, but when a trusting space is created between an artist and a patient, something special happens. We have heard and read the many heartwarming testimonials and uplifting moments from patients and staff that have been in that creative space with Anam Beo artists. We are proud to have been part of its foundation and ongoing development, humbled by the significance of its quiet yet powerful impact and marvel at the innovation, dedication and warmth that the Anam Beo artists have brought to their work for ten years. A story that needs to be heard more and the artwork reflects beautifully on the ongoing journey that is our personal and creative wellbeing.”
Sinead O’Reilly, Arts Council.
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