Uillinn Award 2017



Uillinn Arts and Health Residency 2017


Kim Doherty at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre

Friday 21 August to Saturday 22 September 2017
Studio open to the public: 11.00am-4.00pm Thursday and Saturday.



Live broadcast at 6pm. 

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre in partnership with Cavan County Council awarded a Studio Residency to Cavan based artist Kim Doherty. The Award is supported by a learning opportunity on the Arts for Health Partnership Programme, West Cork.


The purpose of her upcoming residency at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, is for Kim to explore and develop her own voice and clarity in her work choosing a specific medium to work in.   During her four weeks at Uillinn, Kim will investigate the narrative and the notion of boundaries in her work. She will begin by selecting a series of significant words, these words will act as titles for a visual outpouring of investigative work into perceived and actual boundaries.


Kim Doherty is an artist with an extensive community based art practice working in particular; schools, healthcare and early year’s contexts. Kim believes fervently in the benefits of engaging in arts activity for the benefit of our wellbeing. Kim’s practice in recent years has focused on engaging others in the creative and often transformative potential of participatory arts.


Last year Kim began studying a Masters in Art Therapy at CIT, and while she recognizes the clinical focus of this study, it is fundamental to students on this course to acknowledge and develop their own artistic practice. The residency therefore is particularly important for her at this time.


Kim will be working alongside artist Sarah Ruttle at Clonakilty Community Hospital in for two sessions in early September to linking in with the Arts for Health partnership programme, as part of the learning exchange and to connect with our local community. 


On Friday 22 September, as part of Cork County Council’s celebration of Culture Night, Kim invites the public to join her for a social celebration and a sharing of her work at the end of the residency.   A conversation about the balancing studio and facilitation work with Kim and artist Sarah Ruttle will take place in her studio and transmitted live on social media to share with Kim’s community in Cavan.



For further details and booking contact Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre Reception at 028 22090 or


WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council, Cavan and Cork County Council in making this residency possible.



About Kim Doherty


Kim is an experienced arts facilitator and has worked in health care, school and early years contexts.   She has for a number of years run her own programme entitled the “Inner Artist”.   This programme has been designed by Kim and she provides participants with a safe environment for creativity to flourish. It is delivered over six modules using particular themes to evoke an artistic response. The focus is purely on expression and not aesthetic value.


As part of her residency in West Cork the artist will to explore and develop her own practice and focus on finding her own voice and clarity in her work choosing a specific medium to work in.   This is particularly important for her at this time as she continues her studies on a three year Art Therapy M.A. programme and her extensive community based practice.    The artist is very interested in exploring narrative in her work.   Kim is selecting a series of words to support this work that she describes as a journey and the notion of boundary is important for her to develop in her practice.  


Further details on Uillinn at this arts and health bursary is made possible by the support of the Arts Council to Cavan County Council

Date and time:

30 Aug 2017 - 22 Sep 2017

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