25 August 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth
Jeremy Irons, who famously restored Kilcoe Castle in West Cork, officially launched ‘The Collection’ on 24th August at Cork University Hospital (CUH). This is an innovative catalogue from the CUH Art Collection. The South/South West Hospital Group welcomes this initiative and congratulates the staff members at CUH for their efforts in establishing this impressive art collection, which has had such a beneficial effect on patients.
Cork University Hospital is proud of its large and growing collection of art, which currently comprises of 260 paintings, watercolours, stained glass, photographs, sculpture and icons. The collection includes work by internationally recognised artists such as William Crozier, whose painting was donated by gallerist Angela Flowers, Dorothy Cross and Cecily Brennan.
The significant collection of primarily Irish art has been generously donated to the Hospital by artists and grateful patients on an entirely voluntary basis. Lord of the Dance star, Michael Flatley generously donated money for the healing garden at Cork University Maternity Hospital following the birth of his baby at the hospital. The ‘Per Cent For Art’ scheme, a government initiative, has also contributed a number of works.
Tony McNamara, Chief Executive Officer of Cork University Hospital said: “Cork University Hospital was delighted to welcome Mr. Jeremy Irons to officially launch “The Collection” catalogue. The Hospital believes in the importance of art for the well-being of all our patients. The underlying significance of this collection is a belief in the healing power of art and the ability to improve the experience of people attending the hospital, especially to those going through great stress and personal crisis. The CUH Art Collection has over 250 paintings from mainly Irish artists and on behalf of the CUH, I wish to sincerely thank all the artists, supporters and donors for their continued support to the collection.”
Cork University Hospital Arts aims to enhance the hospital environment by promoting a sense of wellbeing through the arts. Activities include the CUH Art Collection, art exhibitions, music and choral performances, artists’ residences and theatre for children.
Cork University Hospital Arts Committee gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Cork University Hospital Foundation, the Buckley Foundation and the National Lottery whose support has made the publication of the catalogue possible.