Open Heart – showing how creativity can change lives

Artwork by Anna Fahy .
Artwork by Anna Fahy .

“Trust the process.” That’s the advice that art therapists Ursula Murry and Kate O’Sullivan of Red Door Studio gave to clients of Galway Simon Community who availed of their service for three months over the Winter.

The clients did just that. And the result is Open Heart, an exhibition of work which run in the Secret Garden Café on the city’s William Street West from next Monday, April 16, until April 30.  It’s being co-ordinated by Red Door on behalf of Galway Simon.

Red Door Studio opened in Galway City last October, the brainchild of Ursula, Kate and fellow art therapist Kerry Walker. They three decided to join forces because “being self-employed as an art therapist is quite isolating”, according to Ursula.

They have several aims for Red Door. Firstly, they want to make their service more visible to local health service who haven’t yet embraced art therapy.

“And we want to make it available to people who have enduring mental health difficulties or who are socially excluded,” Ursula explains.

“We wanted to include people who are excluded, whether it’s people with mental health issues or asylum seekers in Direct Provision or homeless people.”

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.