Irish Hospice Foundation wants to inspire and support the work of groups, organisations or individuals who wish to mark in some tangible way their response to the universal realities of dying, death, and bereavement.
We recognise that the last two years of grief and loss during the pandemic have had a significant effect on all ages, all counties, and all sectors, leaving many of us confused and distressed. Seed Grants support groups, organisations and individuals looking for creative ways to do this. Priority was given to creative initiatives that take innovative approaches to reflection and remembrance.
Seed Grant 2022 Projects
A collection of English, Latvian, and Irish poetry and lyrics, to commemorate loss of home through immigration, especially during the pandemic by Noel Lyons and the Latwest Association in Mayo.
A fused glass leaf workshop in memory of loved ones lost to Covid-19 to be hung on a community ‘Remembering Tree’ for a commemorative gathering by Michelle O’Donnell in Offaly.
Curator Mary Grehan and artist Marie Brett will create a space for grief, loss, and remembering within the built environment of the new Dublin Children’s Hospital.
A workshop and tools for bereavement support counsellors/volunteers using creative writing as a practical intervention suitable for bereaved people, by Margaret Galvin
A soundtrack for her film 'Death of a Star' produced by Mark McNally and made in response to the sudden death of her father during the pandemic, by Croatian born Mirjana Rendulic.
As part of the annual Cúirt Festival in Galway, Sasha De Buyl will curate an event involving a range of artists willing to publicly share their personal experiences and artistic responses to grieving and loss.
A handmade journal of artwork of flowers that carry cultural meanings surrounding the death of a loved one. The book will be filmed for wider sharing as a digital object, by Sligo artist Catherine Fanning
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Steve Blount (Wicklow)
Award winning, critically celebrated writer and actor Steve Blount from Wicklow will write a stage play based on a journey in and around the corridors of a hospice through the eyes, ears, clinks, and blinks of a drinks trolley chauffeur.
Alan James Burns (Cavan)
Cavan based audio-visual artist and acclaimed cultural events producer, Alan James Burns, will script a lament examining themes of loss, climate change, and environmental grief explored through Cloughoughter Castle in the Cavan Lakelands. His project will be developed through community research and consultation with a climate expert and writer.
Eric Clarke (Dublin)
Final Resting Place Choices
Dubliner Eric Clarke will utilise his MSc in Loss and Bereavement and life-long passion for photography to document through contributed photography and stories our choices for internment and disposal of the dead.
Marian Clarke & Talitha Brauer (Dublin)
The Strength I See In You
Marian Clarke and Talitha Brauer will lead an exploration of experiences of loss, grief, and resilience among two hidden communities in Ireland. Five female refugees and five women living with chronic pain will be invited to explore their experiences through photography, drawing, and poetry. We hope the project will share with the public hidden losses, grief, and strength through an exhibition of artwork chronicling their journey together.
Anna Cosgrave (Heir Island, West Cork)
Méala Circle Heir Island
Death Doula apprentice, Anna Cosgrave, will host Méala Circle Inis Uí Drisceoil on Heir Island in West Cork. The event will engage islanders on mortality and memoralisation and include local historians, poets, and speakers from Skibbereen Hospital focusing on the theme “Ba mhéala a bhás / his death was to be lamented” and the creation of a lament that will later be put to music.
Neva Elliott (Dublin)
The Last Door My Father Walked Through
Neva Elliott is a contemporary artist based in Dublin. As part of her ongoing artistic work exploring loss and grief, Neva intends to create and exhibit a series of photographs with accompanying text based on the death by suicide of her father, who had bipolar disorder, during lockdown.
Annie Hogg (Tipperary)
Messages to the River
Visual artist Annie Hogg draws on the employment of nature and the elements to assist with grief and bereavement. From Shetland’s Viking tradition of Up Helly Aa to the floating of Chinese lanterns, fire and water have long been used to connect private grief in collective moments. Crossing a river or transformation by fire is a resonant metaphor for the unknown journey of the soul. With her grant, Annie will create fiery coracles to carry messages of loss and prayer.
St Louis High School / Clíona McDonough & Miriam Kehoe (Dublin)
School Principal, Clíona McDonough, and Arts Co-Ordinator, Miriam Kehoe, of St Louis High School in Rathmines, Dublin 6, will lead a multi-discipline art and musical project enabling the students, staff, and school community to come to terms with their collective pandemic experience. The project will culminate with an exhibition of artwork and a series of concerts.
Eileen Kennedy (Tipperary)
Children’s Bereavement / Grief Support Programme
Representing the voluntary group Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre in North Tipperary, Eileen Kennedy will lead the way in designing, developing, and training facilitators to run an arts and crafts programme to support children dealing with a parent’s cancer diagnosis and their end of life.
St James’s Hospital / Bettina Korn (Dublin)
Bettina Korn, an End-of-Life Care Coordinator with the Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin, will run a series of creative art workshops to facilitate the hospital’s care staff as they recall their experiences of caring for terminally ill patients during the pandemic. The aim is to create a series of collages reflecting their collective memories. These will then be displayed near the Camino Rest, a non-denominational place of sanctuary within the hospital, where daily Reflective Services were held by staff to commemorate lost patients.
Jacqui Lynskey (Galway)
Jacqui Lynskey and her team at COPE Galway, which provides homelessness, domestic abuse, and senior support services, will run a series of projects to allow older people time to reflect upon and discuss how they managed bereavement, first as children and then as adults. They will also create two art pieces – one they feel might have helped their younger selves cope with loss and another they would have liked to have been able to give to a deceased loved one.
St Joseph’s Nursing Home / Vicky McGauley (Louth)
Art and Creative Space
Vicky McGauley will engage with the residents, visitors, and staff of St Joseph’s Nursing Home in Ardee, Co Louth, in the creation of a mural to enhance a room designated as a quiet space for anyone in need of time out for reflection. It will incorporate elements of mindfulness and colour to enrich emotional well-being, psychological functioning, cognition, and social relationships.
Emer Toale (Dublin)
‘CJDegeneration’ will be an original suite of music composed by Emer Toale comprising of three movements mirroring the course of a rare, fatal, neurodegenerative disease called CJD. A solo endeavour, this creation will feature harp and piano and evoke the wide spectrum of emotions experienced by sufferers and carers afflicted by this and similar degenerative diseases.