“Creativity Counts” So much more than another Art Exhibition
“Creativity Counts” is an Art Exhibition with a difference! Certainly it showcases the artwork of the various exhibitors, but it does more, so much more. It began as an idea to bring more people into Wexford Mental Health Association’s office space in Henrietta Street, Wexford. It was envisaged by the organisers that an art exhibition would raise the profile of the association and would be a way of inviting more people to visit the office, have a look around at the work being done by WMHA, pick up a mental health leaflet and, maybe, have a chat. It was hoped that the exhibition would offer the opportunity to artists to display their work. A poster was designed and the offer went out to the community.
“Creativity Counts” quickly became so much more. Wexford MHA was inundated with applications from artists to exhibit their work. Some exhibitors have had mental health difficulties, some have not. The opening night on Friday last was a night of celebration for all. The organisers were astounded that so many braved the elements on such a bad night to attend, the building was thronged! And Henrietta Street was buzzing! All of the speakers were impressed by what they saw and experienced and Wexford Mental Health Association was lauded once again for bringing so many people into the building, for normalising mental health issues and especially for providing the opportunity for exhibitors to show their work.
The exhibition was opened by Al Porter, who was amazed at the quality of the work and the enthusiasm of the crowd.
Dr Kieran Moore, Consultant Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) who also addressed the gathering said: ‘What’s so powerful about being here tonight, it is way of expressing not just pain but the feeling and the human experience that is beyond words…what’s here is humbling.’
Martin Rogan, CEO, Mental Health Ireland travelled from Dublin and declared that the exhibition was an impressive event, such a profound event, authentic, real. People shared something real, something close to their hearts.’
An exhibitor at “Creativity Counts” said: ‘Art is my wellness tool, it has been the backbone to my recovery.’
The organisers have been overwhelmed with the level of generosity from sponsors and from those willing to volunteer of their time and skills to make the exhibition such a success. A huge thank you to all those who became involved!
The exhibition runs for the weekends of the Opera Festival from 11.00-17.00 daily. It is well worth a visit!