‘Filleadh Cholmchille’ is an arts and health project that harnesses arts participation as a powerful form of self-expression and a catalyst for self care. Initiated by First Fortnight and supported by Connecting for Life Donegal, this pilot project, led by artist Maria Coleman, provided students from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal with instructional art resources to guide the creation of short original artworks, which contribute to a larger documentary.
The project takes the creative legacy of Colmcille as inspiration. The Donegal saint celebrated the 1500th anniversary of his birth in December 2021. An artist himself, his story provides ‘rich pickings’ for artists and community groups to investigate ideas each as creative openness, exile, resilience and a necessary Return (‘Filleadh’ in Irish) to the potent self-care tool that is arts participation.
As an introduction to the work done during the pilot project in Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, an essay by the artist on ‘Youth Mental Health with a focus on the Irish and School Setting
‘ is available on https://filleadh–cholmcille.webnode.com/schools/