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Rebel Rhythms, a music, poetry, visual art and discussion event will take place in Triskel Arts Centre on Saturday 14 Jan. The event starts at 12pm and will featuring The Claddagh Rogues, John Spillane, Bantry Community Choir and more. The event is free and all are welcome to drop into the Triskel at anytime during the day. For further information about the festival and the event visit www.firstfortnight.ie. We will also post further details here in the coming days.

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The final of three Illuminate screenings will take place at 2pm in Triskel Arts Centre today (Sun 21 Nov). Life Animated has won awards at Sundance and San Francisco International Film Festivals (2016). The film will be followed by a panel discussion with invited speakers and audience members. Today is also the last day of the 61st Cork Film Festival. See all of today’s films here. Congratulations to CFF on a great Festival 2016!

Illuminate opens today with the screening of Fragility at Triskel Arts Centre at 5.30pm. The screening will be followed by a discussion with invited panelists and audience members. Panelists include the artist and filmmaker Aideen Barry, Sinead Glennon, HSE Head of Mental Health in Cork and Kerry; and Richard Warden, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Illuminate takes place over three days, Fri Nov 18 – Nov 20, during Cork Film Festival. All film screenings take place in Triskel Arts Centre and are followed by discussion with invited panelists and audience members. See below and visit the Cork Film Festival  website for more information, and please do encourage colleagues, family and friends to support this great initiative.cff16-illuminate

We are very excited at Arts + Minds this week as artwork created by Arts + Minds members using HSE community mental health services in Mahon, Blackrock, Togher and Ballyphehane will be on display in Blackrock Hall Primary Care Centre from Friday 4 March 2016. The exhibition entitled, After the Gallery, includes artwork that was created as part of the Arts + Minds | Crawford Art Gallery Initiative. As part of this initiative, A+M have worked with visual artist Julie Forrester to explore a diverse range of themes, techniques, and approaches to creating work. A selection of this artwork will be included in the exhibition, which will take place in the new Arts Corridor at Blackrock Hall Primary Care Centre. The exhibition runs until June. Further details are included in the exhibition brochure.

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One of our resolutions at Arts + Minds in 2016 is to spend much more time updating our site and keeping you up to date on A+M and others great work in the area of arts and mental health. In the meantime, we are pleased to share a link to a recent short film created by Arts + Minds participants working with filmmakers Colm Walsh and Ed Cashman in 2015. We were very excited that One of Those Days (Arts + Minds, 6min, 2015) had its first public screening at Cork Film Festival in November 2015. The project was made possible through an Arts in Context Award from Cork City Council and we would like to thank Cork City Council Arts Office, the HSE Arts + Health Programme, HSE Cork Mental Health Services, Cork Film Festival, Sample Studios and Cork Film Centre for their support.

World Mental Health Day takes place each year on October 10. Lots of events take place in and around this time of year and our colleagues in West Cork are hosting a wide range of events today Friday Oct 9 and tomorrow Oct 10 as part of the West Cork Feel Good Festival. Read the rest of this entry »

artsandhealth.ie the national website for arts and health practice in Ireland has recently published a great perspective piece by Dr Pat Bracken, Clinical Director of the Mental Health Service in West Cork. In Mental Health, Recovery and the Role of the Creative Arts Dr Bracken reflects on the paradigm shift towards the recovery approach in mental healthcare and the central role of the arts within this.

artsandhealth.ie is a fantastic source of news and ideas about arts and health practice in Ireland and internationally. If you haven’t already subscribed, you can sign up for the artsandhealth.ie e-bulletin here.

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The Leeside Serotones are an Arts + Minds choral group involving mental health staff, service users and friends. We are singing carols from 4 – 5pm this afternoon at the memorial outside the Electric bar on South Mall in Cork. Call by and join us if you are in town!