The Vital Signs exhibition, curated by Michelle Browne, was the first national exhibition of its kind. The exhibition took place in five Dublin 8 venues from October 14-21, 2009. It included artwork by fourteen artists who collaborated with health service staff, service users and family members from around the country.  Browne sought to show a range of work that demonstrates the complexity, vitality and diversity of arts and health practice in Ireland today.

John Tunney, Traditional SignerThe exhibition was opened by Mr Martin Cullen T.D. Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism on October 14.  The Minister was introduced by Pat Moylan, Chairman of the Arts Council /An Chomhairle Ealaíon. The launch took place at in NCAD Gallery and was preceded by a live performance entitled Mind - Matter by artist Dominic Thorpe and also included a performance by traditional singer, John Tunney.  John performed two new compositions from Sing Another Story, a project based in Kilmaley Sheltered Housing and Daycare Centre, Co. Clare.

Live performances

Mind - Matter by Dominic ThorpeA number of live performances  took place as part of the Vital Signs exhibition.

14 October: Dominic Thorpe, Mind - Matter, 4.30 - 6.30pm, National College of Art and Design (NCAD) Gallery.
14 October: John Tunney, Sing Another Story, 7.00pm, NCAD Gallery.
15 October: Ger Wolfe, songs from Ó Bhéal Guth Béal, Vital Signs Conference.
20 & 21 October:  Helene Hugel, The Bedmaker, NCAD Gallery.


The Vital Signs exhibition catalogue, including an essay by Clíodhna Shaffrey, will be available shortly to download from this site.

Thank you

The Vital Signs team wish to thank the selected artists, project participants, healthcare staff, arts officers and coordinators, who have enabled the Vital Signs exhibition to take place.

Arts and health work from all over the country was considered during the exhibition selection process.  As with any exhibition there is a limit to the amount of work that can be included.  The Vital Signs team would also like to sincerely thank everybody associated with artworks that were not selected, for their contribution and interest in the exhibition.

A map of arts and health projects from around the country is being compiled and hosted on the Arts Council website.

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