Creativity and mental health event at Creative Spark

First Fortnight

Creativity and mental health event at Creative Spark
By Ian Cameron @IanAlexCameron

This Wednesday, January 11th, Creative Spark along the Inner Relief Road in Dundalk will host its first event as part of the First Fortnight Festival.

First Fortnight is a charity-based organisation which aims to challenge mental health prejudice through the creative arts.

Creative Spark has partnered with Inspire Wellbeing to host an eclectic evening of talks, sound and image, exploring how creative activity can help improve our state of mind.

Running from 7.00 – 9.00 pm, the event will feature Grainne Hope of Kids’ Classics, a not-for-profit organisation that provides high quality music making opportunities in educational, healthcare and community settings; Pamela Whitaker of Groundswell, a consultancy dedicated to socially engaged environmental projects, arts and health residencies, and art therapy; Úna Curley, and artist whose work questions issues such as injustice, the worryingly fast pace of living, rate of consumption and subsequent waste; Jim McClean, a published poet and musician; David Davies who has recently published his first book of poems; Janice Pollock, a screen writer who facilitates a creative writing group; Tracey Chan, a writer of poems for relaxation and self-expression and Billy Smallwood a photographer who works with groups on history, cultural cooking and photography.

This event is open to all and is free to attend. For further information contact Creative Spark on 042 938 5720 or email