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Brent Pope Launches RehabCare Artists’ ‘Frida’ Exhibition in Bray

11/12/2012 Brent Pope Launches RehabCare Artists’ ‘Frida’ Exhibition in Bray

“Art is fantastic for people’s well-being” said rugby pundit and art enthusiast Brent Pope as he opened the ‘Frida’ art exhibition in the RehabCare centre on the Boghall Road in Bray today. The exhibition which runs for four days until 11th November features a collection of paintings celebrating the life and works of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The works, using acrylic on canvas, were created by 25 artists, all of whom have an intellectual disability or mental health needs, and who access the day services at RehabCare in Bray. The exhibition is free with proceeds from the paintings sold during the exhibition being divided between the artist and RehabCare in Bray.
On opening the exhibition, Brent Pope said “It was an honour for me to open the exhibition for RehabCare as I have seen first-hand the fantastic service that they provide here in Bray. I’ve personally seen the great benefits that art has on a person’s well-being. I love what art can do for people as a form of therapy.”

Lisa Kelleheo from Dun Laoghaire accesses the services provided at RehabCare in Bray and one of her paintings features in the exhibition. “I really like art. I’ve been doing it here for the last three years. We’ve been working on this exhibition for over a year and a half. We learned all about Frida Kahlo by watching a film about her and we also went to an exhibition of her work in the Irish Museum of Modern Art last year. I like the dramatic story of her life. It’s good to learn about the artist before you do the painting. I’m really happy with how my painting turned out and I love seeing it hanging on the wall in the exhibition.”

According to Fiona Ní Chiohhain, programme facilitator with RehabCare, there’s a wealth of creativity and enthusiasm within the centre, which makes her work hugely enjoyable. “Self-expression through the medium of art is one of the core programmes that we at RehabCare offer to those who access our service here in the Southern Cross Business Park and it continues to be the most popular. Frida Kahlo left us with a legacy of art that rivals all others; the artists identify with the expression of her unique experiences in life through her art work. We are very proud of the work of each of the artists as their thoughts and emotions are evident in the creativity of their work.”

RehabCare, the health and social care division of the Rehab Group, operates a wide variety of services which reach into communities the length and breadth of Ireland. Each year, some 3,000 people avail of these services which range from resource centre activities to home support delivered in people’s homes.

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