Damn Fine Print take over the walls at St Patrick’s University Hospital for exciting art exhibition to promote mental health

Dublin, Sunday, 19th June. Damn Fine Print, in collaboration with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, has launched its exciting “Be Kind to Yizzer Mind” Exhibition at the Art Space in St Patrick’s University Hospital, featuring an original series of screen prints and wall murals from a collection of artists inspired by one thought; mental health matters.

Damn Fine Print and St Patrick’s collaborated with some of Ireland’s most talented artists including Finbar 247, Shane O Malley, Will St. Leger, Vanessa Power, Eimear Gavin, Neil Dune, Steve McCarthy, Aoife Dooley and Kim Willoughby, who all came together to use the walls at St Patrick’s as a blank canvas to create art works that inspire positive mental health.

Kim Willoughby from Damn Fine Print spoke at the launch, saying

“after all this time doing vital work at the heart of Dublin we thought it was high time to spread St Patrick’s message and promote positive mental health. We have teamed up with nine incredible illustrators for a residency at St Patrick’s, an amazing place doing some really important work.”

Edel Fortune, Programme Manager at St Patrick’s said

“Damn Fine Print has created a very special space here at the Hospital where staff, visitors and service users can reflect and feel inspired to take positive mental help steps in their lives. We are delighted to have such talent on show in this space and to collaborate with artists who have been inspired by our message which is to mind your mental health.”

Artist Will St Leger, who contributed to the exhibition, said

“Some of these pieces on show today were actually inspired by meeting service users and staff this week, and have been created with the idea that we should all be aware that everyone has a persona, or a mask that they create for the public. Our emotions are not static, they move and change with every moment that passes, and art is a powerful way of expressing these moments.”

The exhibition will run at St Patrick’s University Hospital until the 13th July, and visitors are welcome to view the exhibition free of charge. Prints of the pieces on display are available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds with go toward St Patrick’s Mental Health Services. Follow the projects online at #damnfineprint.

About the Artists

Kim Willoughby – The boss woman at Damn Fine Print, Kim’s main body of work is running our studio in Stoneybatter and encouraging artists and illustrators around the city to get creative with inspiring projects like this one.

Signs Of Power – It’s been impossible not to see the incredible work of Vanessa Power all over the streets of Dublin recently. This bad-ass artist has been reclaiming the dying skill of signwriting and providing incredible old-skool visuals and typography for shops and businesses around the city.

Finbar 247 – This guy is another supremely talented mural writer whose work we’ve been drooling over for years now. If you’ve ever checked out the art scene around Galway then you’ll be sure to come across this man’s amazing work on one of the graf corners.

Shane O’Malley – Also based in Galway, Shane O’Malley does incredibly dramatic murals and paintings and was responsible for the incredible show Madness vs Reality (see his Beer image above) that inspired a lot of this project. His work is quirky and fun yet emotive and important at the same time.

Mr Steve McCarthy – Designer, illustrator and bearded gentleman, Steve’s work is bold, colourful and inspired by humour and wit. His first kids’ book was nominated for children’s book of the year and he worked as a background designer on ainimated film Song of The Sea which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Aoife Dooley – Representing the Northside, it’s our favourite Dublin hun Aoife Dooley. Her cheeky illustrations and hilarious sketches have been blowing up for a while now and she’s always a total buzz for us to work with.

Eimear Gavin – Talented and creative, Eimear is a new find for us in the art world with some playful illustrations and slickly designed typography and imagery. We’re delighted she was willing to take part in this project.

Will St Leger – This mischief-maker and art joker is no stranger to the Damn Fine Print studio. We’ve had Will in causing spray-can mayhem on a few projects now and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the party at St Patrick’s.
He’s an inspiration to a lot of us and an artist whose work is always getting chased by collectors in the know.

Neill Dunne – One of the hottest talents in the Dublin art world right now, Neil’s work has been popping up at shows all over the place with his striking abstract takes on the ordinary and everyday.


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