‘Tending Joy’ - An Exhibition of Prints by UCC's First Year Occupational Therapy Students
Since the foundation of the profession in 1917 and influenced by social movements including the Arts and Crafts Movement, art, craft and creative activities have played a central role in Occupational Therapy.
To explore this heritage and to examine first-hand the potential therapeutic power of creative activities, UCC’s first year Occupational Therapy students have an opportunity to participate in creative activities in module OT1005 Creative Occupations and Health, designed and led by Dr. Eithne Hunt in collaboration with Cork Printmakers. The students participate in printmaking sessions for two hours each week over six weeks, and then critically reflect on their experiences in the end of module written paper. Each year, Dr. Hunt selects a theme for the students to explore, reflecting the philosophy and content of the year one curriculum. The theme for this year’s creative sessions and forthcoming exhibition is ‘Tending Joy’. In their creative sessions, the students were encouraged to reflect on how they experience and cultivate joy in the big and small moments of their daily lives.
An exhibition of the students’ work will take place from 7th February to March 2024.
The exhibition was opened by Odhrán Allen, CEO of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.
To find out more about our students, their artwork and see photos of our exhibition opening, please view our