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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. This programme offers the opportunity to learn about the arts, develop skills and connect with others in your community. We welcome adults with all levels of experience including complete beginners!

Following its successful pilot, The Creative Well programme will be facilitated in two locations in autumn 2012, Athy and Naas.

The aim of this programme is to develop a new approach to supporting wellbeing and mental health through the arts and within local community. 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.

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.

How does it work?

The Creative Well is a twelve week programme. Workshops run once a week on Tuesdays 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 other’s abilities. “

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


The Creative Well Visual Art Workshops:  25 September – 11 December 2012

During workshops you can learn and improve visual art skills while developing your own creativity. This programme will introduce drawing, painting, printmaking, clay work and three dimensional studies.

When and where?

Athy: Tuesday 10am – 12pm

Naas: Tuesday 2.30pm – 4.30pm


Participation is free but by application. If you are interested in making an application, 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: 29 August 2012

Athy Information Sheet: Download a copy of A4 information sheet here

Naas Information Sheet: Download a copy of A4 information sheet here


Workshop Facilitator Biographies

Dominic Thorpe

Dominic Thorpe originally hails from Newbridge in County Kildare. He studied art at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and received an MA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design Dublin in 2006

Dominic has wide experience of teaching art at all levels from beginners to advanced. He has worked on various public art projects and has also been a visiting lecturer at the National College of Art and Design, the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Emma Finucane

Emma Finucane was born in Dublin and lives in Co. Wicklow. She graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with MA Fine Art in 2006 having received a BA Fine Art Print in 1997.

Emma has experience teaching all levels of age, experience and ability. Over the past 10 years she has taught in Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, The National College of Art and Design, City of Dublin VEC Adult Education and has lead outreach workshops for Amnesty International, Draiocht Blanchardstown, The National Gallery of Ireland and The Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin.



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