Drumalee Photography and Film Club

Drumalee Photography and Film Club Drumalee Photography and Film Club was born when a group of individuals interested in exploring their creativity identified photography and film as an inspiring media for their creative voice.The group who are service users at the day hospital in Cavan Community Mental Health Team participated in a series of arts themed workshops at the instigation of the occupational therapist working with local artists and Cavan County Council.


The clients took part in a series of exploratory arts workshops. These included painting workshops facilitated by The Moth Studios with artists Will Govan, Rikki van den Berg and Kim Doherty exploring oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media painting and clay work. Through this exploration the group enjoyed the camaraderie of creating individual art pieces in a supportive environment guided by artist facilitators. The Moth Studio provided a safe and inspiring environment for creative exploration with the support of the occupational therapist (OT) and day hospital.


Recently the group have worked with Colm Mullen, film maker and artist facilitator photographing and recording the built and natural heritage of Cavan town. Supported by the OT and day hospital nursing team, the group and the artist meet on a weekly basis (or as Covid 19 restrictions have allowed over the past months) to discuss and research topics of interest, chat about what inspires them, developing a sense of personal and group identity. They have experimented with specialist equipment, explored the local streetscape and architecture, researched history and folklore and sought insight from local history experts to inform their creative process. Colm Mullen, film maker says “the benefit of this kind of group work provides an experiential learning environment for discovery and expression in an objective way. The process is driven by the opportunity to experiment and not outcome focused. The group have taken ownership of the creative process and no work is shared in the public domain without the consent of all the creators.”


The Club have worked in recent months at Townhall, Cavan a recently restored space for artists to make and show work. Working in an arts space with a professional artist and supported by the expertise of the OT and the clinical nurse manager provides a safe and focused creative environment. The Club created a special video for The Gift/An Bronntanas series for Cavan County Council Arts Office that was shared on social media platforms during the Christmas holiday period 2020. They continue to work on a short film inspired by the built heritage and history of Cavan town and a photographic exhibition.




The Club and the local authority are delighted that this work has been shortlisted for the Ann Beckett Award following the submission by Claire Murphy, Senior Occupational Therapist. Ann Beckett was the first OT in Ireland and established the first occupational therapy department at Cherry Orchard Hospital in Dublin. This Award was set up to celebrate the life and work of Ann Beckett and to showcase occupation therapists’ practical interventions. This award is an acknowledgement of OTs who through their work demonstrate core principles through practical projects and creative ideas. Learn more about the award here









01 Feb 2021