Prior to the Pandemic, Dealgan House held a visual arts exhibition annually, organised and curated by Carol Wallace, a local artist who delivered weekly lessons. The exhibition was an event that everybody, including residents, their families, and the staff, thoroughly enjoyed. With the National Arts in Nursing Homes Day award they brought this annual exhibition back. The residents worked together with visual artist Rozzi Kennedy in a series of workshops to create new art work that will be displayed.
On receiving the award, they said: “This award which we deeply appreciate is going towards a project which will encompass all the arts and involve as many residents as possible. We are going to blend Irish myths, poetry, song, as well as paintings, to use as inspiration for a 3D landscape and all the creatures and dolls that we intend to create. Storytelling, singing and reading poems, which will complement the display, will be carried out by different residents and activity staff throughout the week.”