Healing the hurts of the past with expressions through art

By Maurice Garvey

INSTITUTIONAL survivors launched their own art exhibition at Tallaght Library on Monday.

Created by clients from the Christine Buckley Centre, the expo runs until Saturday, October 12.

Christine Buckley arts launch compressor

Terri Harrison, Mary Durak, Elena Kerpiene, Ingrid Shannon, Anna Corrigan, Mayor Vicki Casserly, Trish Kelly, Cllr Francis Timmons, Joe McDownell and Ruth Hunter

Terri Harrison, a Director of the Christine Buckley Centre, said the art is the work of clients who attend the Christine Buckley Educational and Support Centre on Jervis Street.

“All of the work helps to show how much art, music, drama, poetry, writing, helps to heal the hurts of the past,” she said.

“Expressions through art help so much to release inner turmoil and it speaks out when voices are silent through fear.”

Ms Harrison, a Parkwest resident, gave birth in Bessborough Mother and Baby home, whereupon her first-born son was swiftly taken from her hands.

She also joined the Collaborative Forum on Mother and Baby 18 months ago – which is comprised of former residents of institutions.

The expo will move onto the Inspire Gallery in the city centre on November 9.

Ms Harrison said the launch night was about showcasing what is available in the centre, and how it helps in the healing process with music, poetry, singing and drama to the fore.

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