Arts + Minds are delighted to announce that the group’s first ever film From Darkness into Light (6min, 2014, created with filmmaker Colm Walsh) will be included in Cork Film Festival as part of the festival’s new Illuminate strand. Illuminate will showcase Irish & international films followed by discussion with artists, filmmakers, clinicians, philosophers & others to be announced. The series will include 4 screening & discussion events from Nov 12 – 15 at Triskel ChristchurchFrom Darkness into Light will be shown at a 5pm screening on Saturday Nov 15. Please let others know about this great series of films & events, and show your interest & support for the Illuminate programme by attending events if you can! Read the rest of this entry »


CFF Poster 001 sampleCork Film Festival launched it’s 59th film festival programme last night (7 Oct 2014). The jam packed programme includes over 100 films and a range of music and other events. Arts + Minds and the HSE Cork Mental Health Services are delighted to have been involved in the development of Illuminate, an exciting new series of film and discursive events that explore the area of mental health. Read the rest of this entry »

As most readers will know, World Mental Health Day takes place each year on October 10. World Mental Health Day was initiated by the World Health Organisation in order to raise awareness and discussion about mental health issues. For many, World Mental Health Day has grown to become a week-long series of events and this year, in order to facilitate the number of events that are taking place, Arts + Minds are declaring October World Mental Health Month! Read the rest of this entry »

As regular readers will know, the ‘Open Door’ music sessions have been taking place at the West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen since 2011. The workshops, facilitated by our friends at Music Alive are inspired by the West Cork tradition of ‘scoraíochting’; where people gathered in neighbours’ houses to listen, sing, play music and dance to create their own entertainment and community interaction.

To celebrate Culture Night on Friday September 19. Music Alive will host an extra special ‘Open Door’ session at Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork City, from 4 – 6pm. Choir leader and singer Caz Jeffreys will be the special guest and all are welcome to join in the singing and music-making. There is no cost for attendance and no musical experience is necessary. Read the rest of this entry »

Arts + Minds and our Chair Mary Dineen, feature in an article exploring the relationship between artistic activity and mental wellbeing. The article entitled The creative path and the road to recovery, was written by David Lynch and published in The Medical Journal on July 16. Read it here

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As many readers will know, HSE Cork Mental Health Service is developing a new 50-bed acute adult mental health inpatient unit on the Cork University Hospital (CUH) campus. The new unit will replace the existing 46-bed unit known as South Lee Adult Mental Health Unit (SLMHU), which is located elsewhere on the CUH campus. As part of this development the HSE has secured funding under the government Per Cent for Art Scheme to commission artwork for the new unit. Arts + Minds is delighted to be working alongside our colleagues in SLMHU, CUH and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, to manage this artist commission. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 August 2014. Please see the Create website for more information.

The first Arts + Minds Film Project, with filmmaker Colm Walsh, concluded this week with a screening of 5 shorts created by project participants. The project took place over an 8-week period in Camden Palace Arts Centre, Cork. Family, friends and colleagues joined participants for the screening. Comments from participants included “I didn’t know I could be confident or creative until I saw it on screen” and “It was really positive, it showed me a different aspect of myself”.  Read the rest of this entry »

Our colleagues in West Cork are hosting a music event at West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen on World Music Day, Saturday 21 June. The event is free and will take place from 1-3pm.

American singer songwriter, Liz Clark, will perform Pete Seeger songs. Other acts will include Clon Drums, Bantry Community Choir and traditional music with Ann Coughlan and friends. The Independent Scouts, a young band formed as part of Skibb Smiles, an initiative that aims to address youth mental health in creative ways, will also perform. The event will conclude with an open music session. All are welcome. Drop in at any time to listen, participate or perform. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available. Read the rest of this entry »

If you would like to learn more about the The Leeside Serotones (A+M choral group), this article (by journalist Mary Hassett) may be of interest. The article was published in the Evening Echo on 17 March 2014.


Members of The Leeside Serotones performing with Choral Leader Liz Powell at Crawford Art Gallery, October 2013 (pic. Ger McCarthy)

Members of The Leeside Serotones performing with Choral Leader Liz Powell at Crawford Art Gallery, October 2013 (pic. Ger McCarthy

The most recent phase of The Leeside Serotones choral project took place from January – April 2014 with Choral Leader Liz Powell and involved 25 mental health staff, service users and friends. The choral project was Read the rest of this entry »