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Talks & Panel Discussion with artists George Bolster, Alan Counihan and Ciara McKeon

19 January 2016 1pm

The LAB in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland and First Fortnight Festival presents a series of talks and discussions for artists and freelancers in the visual arts around good mental health.

Alan Counihan is a Kilkenny based artist and has been practicing for over over twenty years as a sculptor. His current work in progress, Personal Effects: a History of Possession, has grown out of an engagement with the personal effects of past patients from The Richmond Asylum – later known as St Brendans Hospital, – in Grangegorman, not far from the heart of Dublin. For twenty months, alongside members of the Grangegorman Community Museum and under the guidance of the National Archives, Counihan sorted through the records that were also retrieved in the hospital’s attics. In the process he made a selection of memorabilia, correspondence and documents for which he received permission from the Health Service Executive to develop a response. Some of these possessions were used to create a work of art that has at its core the histories of anonymous persons who lived, and were cared for, within the institution of the hospital. Ciara McKeon is a Dublin based visual artist whose work focuses on performance. She works as curator and artist, curating Unit 1 with Dominic Thorpe. Eithne McAdam is an Art Therapist and founder member of First Fortnight and the First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies, based in Dublin.

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