New artworks go on display

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A series of artworks created by participants on the ‘Heads Up’ Craigavon and Banbridge Arts Care Project have gone on display in a number of Southern Health and Social Care Trust facilities.

Over 300 participants from the Craigavon & Banbridge locality created individual heads based on their interpretations of ‘what keeps me well’.

Throughout 2015, Arts Care artist-in residence Jill McKeown facilitated art workshops involving Mental Health, Learning Disability and Physical Disability programmes of care for adults and children.

Jill McKeown said: “The aim of the Heads Up project was to think about our own wellbeing through our individual stories ‘what makes me feel good, what keeps me well, what do I enjoy doing.’

“Each participant created their artwork inside a head shape and at the end of the project all of the heads were integrated into a large collaborative artwork piece.”

“This project has shown creativity, connecting with one another and taking part in art is beneficial to your health and wellbeing.”

Dr Jenny Elliott, Chief Executive of Arts Care for Northern Ireland said: “I wish to thank the service users who participated in the project to date and for sharing their creative gifts.”

Heads Up is an art project inspired by the Five Ways to Wellbeing; Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.