Ann Davoren, Director of West Cork Arts Centre, speaks about the E.gress film work at a discussion and response event in Cork. (11.2.16)



Jo Calnan, Nurse Manager with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, speaks about the E.gress film work and it’s collaborative making process, at a discussion and response event in Cork. (11.2.16)

 Sound Response | Cork

Musician Kevin O’Shanahan, accompanied by The Happiness Ensemble, performed a series of three live improvised sound responses to the E.gress artwork as part of a discussion and response event in Cork. (11.2.16) & a word from Kevin…. please note; these are not mixed professionally.

Sound Response Number 1

Sound Response Number 2

Sound Response Number 3


Audience Questions & Response | Cork

Jo Calnan and Jon Hinchliffe from The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, plus musician Kevin O’Shanahan and artist Marie Brett discuss the E.gress artwork during a discussion and response event in Cork. (11.2.16)




Marie Brett (artist) and Mary Dorcey (poet) discuss the intersections between their respective practices as poet and artist in relation to E.gress.

This event took place at IMMA, on November 27th 2015



Launch of the E.gress exhibition tour by Professor Rose Ann Kenny, (Director, Mercers Institute for Successful Ageing) followed by a discussion event with Clíodhna Shaffrey (Director, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin) in conversation with artist Marie Brett and Jon Hinchliffe (Alzheimer Society of Ireland).





It was great to work with Arts & Disability Ireland  who’ve produced an audio description of E.gress for use by blind and visually impaired audience members, listen here. The AD is available on head-phones in the reading & reflection space.

In the adjacent gallery, Daphne Wright’s Plura is showing. To read more about this work and listen to Daphne talking about it, click here



Kevin O’ Shanahan

Kevin is as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with Cork Mental Health Services. In July 2015, he was appointed as a CNS in Mental Health and the Arts, and this is the first and at present only position of its kind nationally. Since 2011 Kevin has been an arts & mental health coordinator with West Cork Mental Services.

Kevin graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology with a degree in Business Studies and in 1993 began his professional music career as the drummer with bands including The Freudian Slips and King Kong Company. During the 1990’s he worked with Waterford Spraoi and facilitated participative music making with groups in education and community settings and was a lead musician on Music Network’s ‘Music Education in the South East’ programme and developed a particular interest in learning more about the potential benefits of music making to emotional and mental wellbeing. He returned to full time study and graduated as a mental health nurse, from NUI Galway in 2001. Since that time, the focus of his work has been in music and healthcare contexts. In 2006, he was one of three Irish musicians to be selected to participate with Waterford Healing Arts Trust on a ‘European Music in Hospitals’ programme, led by the French organisation Musique et Sante. In 2009 Kevin and Caoimhe Conlon established MusicAlive to provide high quality participative music making experiences in health and community contexts and since 2011, the primary focus of Kevin’s work has been as arts & mental health coordinator with West Cork Mental Services.

Kevin has received numerous awards for his work and is a co-founding member and currently engaged in recording and performance related projects with the following groups: The Claddagh Rogues, Bantry Community Choir, Clon Drums and The Happiness Ensemble.

The Happiness Ensemble

Based in West Cork, The Happiness Ensemble are an eclectic group of musicians whose aim is to create exciting new music while existing as a welcoming creative space for those who may be suffering or recovering from mental health difficulties. A performing group evolved from the Ensemble playing acoustic and/or electric sets, mixing original compositions with cover versions, and performances include Skibbereen Arts Festival, Mad Pride and World Music Day at Uillinn / West Cork Arts Centre. The Ensemble are currently partnering with MusicAlive and West Cork Mental Health Services to develop innovative ways of incorporating music making into mental health recovery.




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