Blood Sweat and Tears

August 2008

Helping a Patient by Sinead Fahey

Ambulance Driver by Eileen Mulrooney


Blood, Sweat and Tears is an exhibition of artworks by Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT) studio artists in response to the acute hospital context.  Invited by WHAT, the artists, Lorna Corrigan, Eileen Mulrooney, Sinead Fahey and Margaret Walker, made various site visits to University Hospital Waterford to gather ideas to research for this exhibition.

KCAT is a vibrant organisation located in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, where creativity exists in abundance. The KCAT studio provides an opportunity for people with special needs to develop as professional artists.

During the site visits to Waterford Regional Hospital, the four artists met with staff members in hospital departments such as X-Ray, the Laundry, the Lab and the Ambulance Service. By visiting these different areas, the artists were given a real insight into the workings of the hospital and the people that work there. Through photography, sketching and speaking with hospital staff, the artists carried out enough research to return to the studio and begin making.

The hospital is a vibrant and fertile environment for making art. With so many areas to explore, it is no surprise that each artist had a very different approach. Eileen’s love of drawing is evident in her collection of hospital observations and staff portraits. Sinead’s vivid colours and busy paintings reflect the active hospital environment. Lorna’s long term passion for hands is explored once again while incorporating X-Ray images. Margaret focuses on the vascular system in her large scale, close-up paintings of organs and microscopic cells. 

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