RHA Learning Event

Art Therapy Session for the Visually Impaired
27 Oct 2019
Time: 1.30pm – 4pm

Art Therapy Session for the Visually Impaired

1.30pm – 4pm, Sunday 27 October

This art therapy session, for visitors with visual impairments, will offer an introduction to art therapy in the setting of the RHA, with art therapy trainee Andrea Clare Plunkett from MSc Art Therapy, Ulster University, Belfast School of Art. For those with visual impairments, art therapy can provide therapeutic relief, an opportunity for choice and decision making, a sense of self-accomplishment and a better understanding of oneself through physical materials. Andrea will be on hand to support this small group through the exploration of art materials and each person will be encouraged to work at their own pace. The group will last for two and a half hours and will include the opportunity to handle objects, make art and enjoy a fun relaxing and safe environment.

This session is free to attend with booking required. Please continue reading for further information.

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media to express, reflect and communicate. Please note you do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art to benefit from this therapy.

Who is it for?

Art Therapy can be used across the lifespan; RHA sessions are for those over 18 years and cater for all needs or requirements.

What are the benefits?

Art therapy is founded on the belief that creative self-expression has therapeutic value for those who seek a deeper understanding of themselves and their personalities. Art therapy sessions can promote and help maintain a sense of well-being, reduce stress, build self-esteem, alleviate symptoms of depression, improve communication skills, improve problem-solving skills, and most importantly provide a positive distraction with a fun creative activity.

What will I do in the session?

  • This session is 2.5 hours duration.
  • The session will begin by meeting with Andrea and other group members and completing a consent process.
  • Next, the group will move into the gallery space and visit the exhibition.
  • Following this, time will be allowed in the art room to create your own artwork in an open, informal, non-judgmental, safe space.
  • There will be lots of art materials to use. Andrea will help you along the way and what you make is up to you.


Booking information

This session is free to attend. Advance booking is required through Eventbrite at this link.


To help us best prepare for your visit, please email Róisín, Learning and Public Engagement Curator, at engagement@rhagallery.ie and let us know the following:

  • Is this your first visit to the gallery?
  • What is your level of vision?
  • Do you have a guidedog?
  • Are you able to use the stairs?
  • Will you be attending with anyone?
  • How are you arriving?
  • Any needs or requirements you may have on the day

Andrea Clare Plunkett currently holds a BA Hons in Psychology and is an Art Therapy Trainee of MSc Art Therapy, Ulster University, Belfast School of Art. For the last 6 years, Andrea has worked professionally completing therapeutic interventions in both group and individual sessions using an empowering client lead approach.

For further information, please email Róisín Bohan, Learning and Public Engagement Curator at engagement@rhagallery.ie


Image: ‘Gone digging!’, Andrea Clare Plunkett



RHA consent form RHA Art Therapy Consent Form 2019

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