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The Creative Well Arts Workshops

What is it?

The Creative Well offers free, friendly, daytime workshops in your locality where you can try creative arts activities. We welcome adults with all levels of experience including complete beginners! This programme offers the opportunity to learn about the arts, develop skills and connect with others in your community. The Creative Well offers free, friendly, daytime workshops in your locality where you can try creative arts activities. We welcome adults with all levels of experience including complete beginners!

Following its successful pilot in Naas last autumn, The Creative Well programme of workshops across artforms is being facilitated in two locations in County Kildare this spring, Kildare Town and Athy. The aim of this programme is to develop a new approach to supporting wellbeing and mental health through the arts and within the context of local communities. Previous participants have remarked on how participation in this programme has added interest to their lives and also helped them to explore their own creativity.

How does it work?

The Creative Well is a twelve week programme. Workshops run once a week on Tuesday mornings and are delivered by professional trained artists in a supportive, relaxed and non-pressurised environment.

Participant Testimonials:

“I have reconnected with my creativity and self expression through art and loved it. I have been energised and inspired and really enjoyed the process.”

“I have to say this has been the most wonderful experience and it has brought out our hidden talents. Something very special comes from classes like this.”

“The whole programme exceeded my expectations and I have come away with the ability to appreciate my own creativity and talents.”

“Every week I just lived for the workshop and looked forward to meeting the other participants who equally threw themselves into the course. Apart from being very privileged to work with professionally trained artists we also learned from each other and learned to appreciate each others abilities. “

“I feel the whole project was so beneficial to my wellbeing. I’m a changed person – thank you.”

The Creative Well is an initiative of Kildare Arts in Health supported by HSE Kildare West Wicklow Mental Health Services, Kildare County Council Arts Service, HSE Health Promotion, Kildare County Mental Health Association and Kildare County Council Library Service.


The Creative Well Kildare Town:

Creative Storytelling Through Film and Animation

20 March – 5 June 2012

During these workshops participants can explore creative story-telling, create their own images and characters, and through the medium of film and stop-motion animation see their work come to life before their eyes. No computer or technical skills are required, participants of all ages can contribute and learn from this unique experience.

When?

Tuesday 10.30am – 12.30pm, 20 March – 5 June 2012

Interested?

Participation is free but by application. If you are interested in taking part, you can either:

1. Download an application form here

2. Contact Catherine O’Grady Tel: 087 0566784 (9am – 5pm) or email:catherine.ogrady@hse.ie

Information Sheet: Download a copy of A4 information sheet here


The Creative Well Athy: - Postponed until further notice. For further information on this programme or to join our mailing list please contact Nicola Dunne on kildareartsandwellbeing@gmail.com

Lights, Action, Curtains

10 April - 26June 2012

Have you ever been curious about the world of drama and theatre? Would you like the opportunity to take a peek behind the curtains?

During these workshops participants will engage in a fun and imaginative way with the world of theatre and drama.  To participate, it’s not just about acting. Through exploring roles, characters and stories participants will experience the magic of theatre to find it again in their every-day life. No previous experience of drama is necessary, just come along.

When?

Tuesday 10.30am- 12.30pm, 10 April – 26 June 2012

Interested?

Participation is free but by application. If you are interested in taking part, you can either:

1. Download an application form here

2. Contact Catherine O’Grady Tel: 087 0566784 (9am – 5pm) or email:catherine.ogrady@hse.ie

Application Deadline: 20 March 2012

Information Sheet: Dowload a copy of A4 information sheet here

Workshop Facilitator Biographies

Petra Costigan-Oorthuijs completed her degree in Nursing Management in 1985 and subsequently finished her Masters in Applied Theatre in 1991. She then devised and toured plays about social and health issues and lectured in Applied Theatre to future nurses, doctors and social workers in The Netherlands before moving to Ireland in 1994. Petra applies the wisdom, techniques and insights from the world of theatre to people and projects in every aspect of life. From making inclusive theatre to 1:1 coaching for personal impact; from delivering ‘Using Arts in Care’ workshops to directing Performance Art; her unique mix of expertise and experience in Arts, Business, Education and Health all come together in her sole passion and focus: to bring out the best in those she works with.

Catherine O Grady is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Mental Health specialising in the Creative Arts Therapies. She has extensive clinical experience in a wide variety of mental health settings, in particular Rehabilitation/Recovery and Community and in working with groups. Catherine has been using an arts based framework in designing developing and implementing a wide variety of new programmes within the mental health services.  She sees Arts in Health as one of the key components to delivering a more inclusive society which would have significant benefits for the general public and in particular those with mental health issues.

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