We are pleased to present an intriguing exhibition by artist Caroline Hyland at UHW. Entitled Can You See What I See?, the collection features a series of hand-painted illustrations beautifully depicting supports for people living with dementia observed in the course of her work as an occupational therapist and Artist-in-Residence at the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital. Caroline will give a free public tour of this work at 11am on Thursday 11 October 2018 as part of the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing. All welcome. The exhibition continues until 31 October.
Caroline’s work is strongly informed by listening to people with dementia, and to those who support them, their families, friends and medical professionals. The overall purpose of the Can You See What I See? series is to complement the existing dementia awareness campaigns and to add to the public’s knowledge of dementia so that people can understand this disease together and support each other.
Caroline Hyland is an Illustrator and Artist-in-Residence at the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital. She believes information can be made more accessible to people through the medium of visual art. Her work as a former Occupational Therapist in the intellectual disability services increased her interest in the area of dementia and her passion for seeing the person, not just the condition, is clearly evident in her work. Through her weekly bedside art sessions, voluntary opportunities and illustrative work, Caroline actively strives to highlight the importance of supporting people to maintain interests and stay engaged. She firmly believes people can and should be supported to live well with dementia.
This exhibition is supported by the Arts Council, the HSE, Tallaght University Hospital and the Adelaide Health Foundation.
Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is Ireland’s leading arts and health programme. Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford and other healthcare settings. WHAT believes that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity. WHAT supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website www.artsandhealth.ie