Off the Wall - Children's Health Ireland Artist-in-Residence


Designed by Alan Dunne (Freelance)

Arts in Health Curator at Children's Health Ireland (CHI): Mary Grehan

Sign Installations & Applications: David Murphy

Assistant Arts in Health Curator Children's Health Ireland (CHI): Juley-Ann Collins

Categories: Environmental / Experience / Other

Industry: Civic

Tags: Illustration / Visual art / Art / Covid-19 / Dublin / Mural

I was invited to participate as an artist-in-residence at CHI Connolly in Blanchardstown Paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centre to create artwork for rooms in the clinic. Hospitals and clinics can often be scary places for children, and art in a clinical environment can help shape a healthcare experience for a child in a positive and meaningful way. Created during the challenging backdrop of the COVID-19 lockdowns, I conducted remote patient and staff engagement exercises and I was directly inspired by the artwork created by CHI staff and children, and to respond to valuable feedback from CHI staff about the spaces, and the procedures carried out there. The illustrations were themed on ideas about clinical tasks and Irish wildlife. The illustrations were mounted onto the hospital walls, ceilings and cabinets with washable laminate vinyl.