How do we build a Republic of Care? 

We are developing a Compassionate Culture Network across Ireland. To start this, 7 artist-facilitators and support workers are working in 7 venues around the country inviting local communities to explore “loss” as un-lockdown happens.  The aim is to explore how creativity helps establish places where people can talk openly about loss.   

All 7 work as connected peers, learning from each other, with IHF bringing awareness, training and support. Each links to local supporters like bereavement networks, HSE, families and friends. The programme begins with online training and information exchange in September. Group work begins from October, and runs until December or early in 2022. Projects build from local circumstances and opportunity.  

These pages will update as the projects develop. Visit the county page to see what’s happening near you, for dates, contacts and registration. 

On Nov 7th 2021, our Arts and Cultural Engagement Officer, Dominic Campbell spoke with Brendan Murrray on Arts North West Show (Ocean FM21) about the Compassionate Culture Network, including film-maker Johnny Gogan’s new residency looking at loss in the community during the pandemic and in particular on non-nationals at the Glens Centre in Leitrim, beginning Nov 15th.

Listen below from 00:55 to 11:10

Networks around Ireland

kildare compassionate culture 2021


Embrace Music is a socially-driven organisation led by musicians and arts and health specialists Sadhbh O’Sullivan and Sharon Murphy

Cork Compassionate Culture Network


Artist Tess Leak and printmaker Mary Callaghan are collectively exploring loss through the creation of haiku-inspired poetry, drawing and printmaking in Bantry and Clonakilty

kiluddery wicklow compassionate culture network


Performance maker Andrea Scott invites people to walk, talk, move and explore what might be created from loss in the magnificent woods of Killruddery House in Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Compassionate Culture Network


Theatre maker Joanne Webb leads the project unfolding in Galway which has a particular focus on families, displacement, and the impact of losses at distance

donegal compassionate culture


Visual artists Martha McCullogh and Rebecca Strain working from ArtLink in Fort Dunree, Buncrana

Compassionate Culture Network


Johnny Gogan will be developing the programme around the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton, beginning Monday Nov 15th

Compassionate Culture Network

Dublin (Tallaght)

Jenny MacDonald and Jennifer Webster, who explore the experiences of contemporary Irish women through performance making, lead out the programme in Tallaght starting with and inviting wider collaboration