South Stairwell and Link Galleries


31 January to 14 March 2020
Participating Schools – St. Enda’s NS, Urhan NS, Gaelscoil Skibbereen, Rath NS and Our Lady of Mercy NS. 

Connecting is a primary schools programme initially inspired by Anita’s Groener’s Exhibition The Past is A Foreign Country. Five primary schools across West Cork worked with Public Engagement Assistant Kate McElroy to develop their concepts and create highly imaginative Artworks. The programme consisted of a teacher’s workshop, an exhibition tour and workshop at Uillinn, a classroom-based workshop and working with the teachers and students to curate an exhibition of the work here at Uillinn.

The Past is a Foreign Country was a very timely show dealing with issues of migration and what it means to be human. The theme of Connecting was seen repeatedly throughout the show both in her ideas and her process of making working which included installation, film and drawing. The students investigated this idea further looking at it from varying perspectives of empathy, our relationship to others, storytelling and our connections to home and nature. The students developed their concepts in a workshop at Uillinn and back in the classroom. This exhibition displays the depth the students went to exploring their themes and processing their ideas into well-crafted and innovative artwork. The students worked across a range of media with no limits to their creative solutions often bringing in found objects and materials from home. They were engaged and enthusiastic throughout the entire project and we hope to see them back at Uillinn displaying their work in the future. A big thank you and congratulations to all the schools that took part.


Arts for Health 2019
Keeping Visible 
Keeping Visible showcases a small selection of the many projects with older people that take place at the Centre and throughout the region, involving a team of professional artists each with distinctly difference practices, through both Arts for Health and Arts for an Active Mind programming. 
Arts for Health is a partnership programme based in West Cork implementing a managed arts programme for older people in healthcare settings. It takes place in five Community Hospitals, five Day Care Centres and Bantry General Hospital Care of the Elderly Unit. The partners are West Cork Arts Centre, Cork County Council, Cork Education & Training Board and the HSE. The HSE is represented through the Cork Arts + Health Programme, the Health Promotion Department, the Nursing Directors of Community Hospitals and the Day Care Centres, West Cork. For more information on Arts For Health West Cork see the website. 

©2020 West Cork Arts Centre. All Rights Reserved.