A Sense of Self, a new art exhibition by participants from the Iontas Arts and Mental Health Programme, will be on show at Dungarvan Library until 12 May 2024. This eclectic collection of artworks showcases the diverse range of individual styles and techniques within the group, and celebrates their remarkable achievements. Admission is free, all are welcome.

A Sense of Self was created during a series of 12 weekly workshops which took place in 2023 at the Primary Care Centre in Dungarvan, facilitated by artist Kasia Pylyponko and Jennifer O’Mahoney, Senior Occupational Therapist with the Waterford Wexford Mental Health Services. Each participant created a mixed media self-portrait, the results of which form the exhibition.

The Irish word for ‘wonder’ or ‘surprise’, the Iontas Arts and Mental Health Programme brings arts experiences, such as music, visual art, creative writing, storytelling and drama to people experiencing mental health issues, to support their wellbeing and recovery. Iontas is delivered by a team of skilled and experienced professional artists, in a range of settings across the community. Iontas is managed and delivered by Waterford Healing Arts, in partnership with Waterford Wexford Mental Health Services.

Waterford Healing Arts brings arts experiences – music, visual art, creative writing and storytelling – to the bedside of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings. This extensive arts and health programme is part of Réalta, the national resource organisation for Arts + Health in Ireland. Réalta is core funded by the Arts Council and the HSE. See www.waterfordhealingarts.com and www.realta.ie