Arts for Health are delighted to welcome three new artists to the team – Ida Mitrani (visual artist), Elizabeth Murray (writer) and Lewis Barfoot (musician). Our learner artists are undergoing training and will be mentored by other artists in the team before leading their own sessions with participants in day care centres and community hospitals throughout West Cork.
Welcome aboard Ida, Elizabeth and Lewis!
Ida Mitrani is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator currently living in the Beara peninsula, in West Cork. She recently graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design with a First class honours masters degree in Art and Process (2021).
Her artistic concerns and interests are influenced by concepts and theories of plant culture in the current environmental crisis, including plant blindness, post-naturalism and hybrid material. The creative process explores the relationship and the interaction between humans, plants and technology, and looks at the function and meaning of weeds in today’s society.
Elizabeth Rose Murray is represented by Sallyanne Sweeney of MMBCreative, London, writing in multiple genres for children, young adults, and adults. Her books include Caramel Hearts and the award-winning Nine Lives Trilogy; The Book of Learning (Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read 2016, listed on Junior Cycle English reads, optioned for TV), The Book of Shadows (shortlisted Irish Literacy Association Award & Irish Book Awards), and The Book of Revenge.
Elizabeth is also an experienced event facilitator, providing hundreds of creative writing and book-related events every year, working with festivals, arts centres, schools and libraries to foster a love of creativity and reading.
Lewis is an Irish/English singer songwriter, musician and educator who works with an uncomplicated loveliness of sound, blending ethereal, evocative vocals with original compositions and reinventions of traditional songs from across Ireland and the UK. Her debut album, Glenaphuca was released on 5th March 2021.
Lewis’ work focuses on questions of belonging, informed by her dual heritage. She is interested in voicing the unspoken, reframing inherited narratives from the female perspective and creating safe platforms to empower women to share their stories.