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E.gress travels to Galway | Wednesday 1 June 2016

Galway is the next stop on the E.gress exhibition tour | Wednesday 1 June 2016

A series of events are presented in partnership with Galway Arts Centre


Galway Arts Centre | 3pm-5pm

47 Lower Dominick Street, Galway

Led by artist Marie Brett, co producer of the film E.gress, the national film tour and a recipient of considerable arts and collaboration awards. This workshop is aimed at artists already working within health, care and/or community settings (or with an interest to work in these settings in the future). The workshop will practically explore the questions of – what does it take to enable exciting and meaningful participatory practice within health/care/community contexts? What hinders this practice? and – What can be done to address this? All levels of experience are welcome.

This workshop is free but booking is essential as places are limited.

To book a place, please phone Galway Arts Centre (091) 565 886 or email


Nuns Island Theatre | 5pm – 7pm
The Claddagh, Galway

The film will be screened on a 10 minute loop.
This is a free event, everyone is welcome and no booking is required.


Nuns Island Theatre | 7pm – 8.30pm

Marie Brett will be joined in conversation with guest speakers including Dr. Shaun O’Keeffe, consultant physician in Geriatric Medicine at Merlin Park Hospital Galway; curator Margaret Flannery (Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust); Prof Eamon O’Shea, School of Business & Economics and Elizabeth Lynott, visual artist and film-maker based in Galway. 

There will be ample opportunity for audience questions and comment.

This is a free event, everyone is welcome and no booking is required


Eamon O’Shea is a Personal Professor in the School of Business & Economics and  was inaugural Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He holds an M.A. from University College Dublin, an M.Sc. from the University of York and a Ph.D from the University of Leicester.  He has published over 80 scientific papers in refereed journals, including publications in top-ranked journals such as the Journal of Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine, Age and Ageing, Ageing and Society, Health Policy and  the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Professor O’Shea has authored/co-authored 15 books and monographs, mainly in the field of ageing, dementia  and social policy. His work has been influential in setting the agenda for the reform of services and policies for people with dementia  in Ireland. He was Chair of the National Economic and Social Forum Expert Group on Care of the Elderly in 2005/06 and co-authored the influential Creating Excellence in Dementia Care report in 2012. He is currently a member  of  the Implementation Group for the Irish National Dementia Strategy.
Dr. Shaun O’Keeffe is a consultant physician in Geriatric Medicine at Merlin Park Hospital Galway. He holds a clinical senior lecturer appointment with National University of Ireland, Galway. He has extensive experience and special interest in Ethics and the Law as it applies to older people. He has a wide range of research publications. He held the position of Chairman of the Irish Society of Physicians in Geriatric Medicine (ISPGM) until 2013. He currently represents the ISPGM on the full board of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS). He is an advisor to the Law Reform Commission of Ireland on issues relating to mental capacity of older people, including the preparation of the recently published report entitled ‘Vulnerable Adults and the Law’, which has a major influence on the preparation of the new Mental Health Act in Ireland (currently in draft stage, 2014).
Margaret Flannery is the Arts Director for Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust.”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. They provide a multi-disciplinary programme of events and activities, including exhibitions, participative workshops, music and poetry.”
Elizabeth Lynott is a visual artist and film-maker in Galway and she is currently developing a project called “Music and Memory”; it is a music project in collaboration with people and their families living with dementia. She’s also involved with Galway Art Centre’s Burning Bright project. Her project this year was a series of podcasts on Connemara community radio. 




Galway Arts Centre

Nuns Island Theatre



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