Art Exhibition in DIT Grangegorman

HSE EVE Centre Goirtin launching their Art Exhibition in DIT

HSE EVE Goirtin held an art exhibition opening today in the Art area of DIT Grangegorman. HSE EVE Goirtin is very closely linked to DIT through various community projects.
Art Exhibition: Monday 23rd March up to and including Friday 27th March, with a special launch day on Wednesday 25th March from 11am until 2pm.
Our IT training centre HSE EVE GHIS went to the opening with 11 of our students to admire the art work but also to visit the newly refurbished DIT buildings and campus area.
Grangegorman was previously the site for St.Brendan’s hospital and HSE EVE had links with the former hospital. Now it has become a place of learning for DIT students and other organisations including HSE EVE Goirtin.

Goirtin poster for their Art exhibition in DIT
Goirtin poster for their Art exhibition in DIT

Getting to DIT Grangegorman

We left our HSE EVE GHIS campus around 10 o’clock this morning the 25th of March 2015 and walked to the Luas Fatima stop to get off at Dublin Smithfield, then walked to DIT using printed out Google maps and also the Google App which talked us through the streets of North Dublin to our destination.
The poster shows images of the clay keys created by the Goirtin Art Group under the guidance of Goirtin tutor, Emily who organised the art exhibition with Ann Creavin, Visual Communications Lecturer from DIT.
The keys symbolises ‘Open Doors’, a reverse from the bygone age of closed psychiatric wards.
‘Open Doors’ is the launch of a new beginning for mental health and recovery on the old site of St.Brendan’s hospital.

At the Art Exhibition – The Artwork

We used the very user-friendly sign posts in DIT to get our directions to the ‘North House’. The Goirtin blog has an article about the DIT North House which might interest you – Read here
When we arrived at the building, I was struck by its totally different appearance and atmosphere now compared to what it used to be.
We were met by two staff members from Goirtin offering us delicious refreshments and then had a look at the actual art exhibition. We were impressed both by its quality and diversity.
Emily Boylan, one of the staff at Goirtin was the main organiser behind this exhibition together with her links in DIT.

Official Launch of the Art Exhibition

The official launch of the art exhibition started with a welcome speech by Barry Sheehan, Head of Design at DIT and Assistant Head of School talked about the links between HSE EVE Goirtin and DIT and
Margaret Webb the general manager of HSE EVE talked about the past of Grangegorman when it was a very different building and the current area where we were standing was a big kitchen in the past serving the then St.Brendan’s hospital and the local community.
Margaret also mentioned that this renewal is pointing us all in a new direction for mental health recovery and continuing wellness based in and as part of the local community.
We @GHIS wish Goirtin the very best with the very creative art exhibition and look forward to more in the future.

Read more on St.Brendan’s past as a psychiatric hospital in this article from a Private Care website. Click on this link.
There is a new mental health facility on the Grangegorman ground, the Phoenix Care Centre run by the HSE. Click here to read about it.

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