Renowned actor Jeremy Irons has launched a book detailing the innovative collection of public art which has been donated to Cork University Hospital (CUH) over the past twenty years. The full-colour publication, entitled “The Collection” was partly funded by the National Lottery Funding for Good Causes.
The CUH art collection began two decades ago when local artist Majella O’Neill-Collins donated some of her paintings to the hospital and encouraged other artists to do the same.
The collection catalogue was launched by Jeremy Irons, star of a host of hit movies including Reversal of Fortune, The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance and Batman V Superman, who had previously restored Kilcoe Castle in Cork.
Cork University Hospital is proud of its large and growing collection of art, which currently comprises of 260 paintings, watercolours, stained glass, photographs, sculpture and icons. The collection includes work by internationally recognised artists such as William Crozier, whose painting was donated by gallerist Angela Flowers, Dorothy Cross and Cecily Brennan.
In congratulating CUH Arts Committee, Dermot Griffin, CEO of the National Lottery said:
“The impact the arts has on patients, both young and old, recovering in hospitals cannot be understated. We are delighted to support this novel initiative, which is a brilliant way to showcase the impressive art collection Cork University Hospital has amassed over the years. I wish the staff at the hospital and the arts committee many more years’ success in their work”.
Tony McNamara, Chief Executive Officer of Cork University Hospital, said:
“Cork University Hospital was delighted to welcome Mr. Jeremy Irons to officially launch the catalogue. The Hospital believes in the importance of art for the well-being of all our patients. The underlying significance of this collection is a belief in the healing power of art and the ability to improve the experience of people attending the hospital, especially to those going through great stress and personal crisis. The CUH Art Collection has over 250 paintings from mainly Irish artists and on behalf of the CUH, I wish to sincerely thank all the artists, supporters and donors for their continued support to the collection.
The CUH Art Collection has over 250 paintings from mainly Irish artists and on behalf of the CUH, I wish to sincerely thank all the artists, supporters and donors for their continued support to the collection.”
The significant collection of primarily Irish art has been generously donated to the hospital by artists and grateful patients on an entirely voluntary basis. Cork University Hospital Arts Committee gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Cork University Hospital Foundation, the Buckley Foundation and the National Lottery whose support has made the publication of the catalogue possible.
Approximately 30 cent of every €1 spent on National Lottery games go back to funding for Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts and heritage. In total, more than €5 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 30 years ago. In 2016 alone, the National Lottery raised over €210 million for such good causes.