Staff at Galway hospitals show their creative side with art exhibition

Galway Daily life & style Galway University Hospitals unveil staff art exhibition

The staff at Galway University Hospitals have turned in their medical instruments in favour of paintbrushes for the 15th annual Art@Work exhibition.

Art@Work has become an annual Christmas tradition featuring work from staff in every department, as well as volunteers and some retired staff.

The art exhibition was launched by Mayor of Galway Niall McNelis who said “I’m delighted to be here to open this exhibition having been a supporter of the work of Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust for many years.”

“The arts are so important in healthcare contexts; particularly in the areas of mental health and wellbeing. This area is full of bright, vibrant colours, often the only colour a person might see in a day.”

“Not only are staff doing a great job on the front line but also sharing their creativity with patients and the general public,” he concluded.

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust run the west of Ireland’s leading Arts and Health programme as a means of improving the hospital experience for patients, staff and visitors.

The arts trust believes access to the arts promotes well-being and enhances the hospital environment.

This art exhibition will be on display in the Art Corridor of University Hospital Galway until January 31.

Arts Director Margeret Flannery thanked UHG and Merlin Park hospital, as well as everyone who took part in the 15th annual Art@Work exhibition.

“Each year we are excited as we curate the exhibition and see the development of our regular contributors; while being introduced to new work by emerging talent,” she said.

“Thank you for sharing your work with us and giving our hospital community an opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the creativity of our colleagues.”