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Charlotte Donovan

Charlotte and Cardhu

Charlotte Donovan is a visual artist whose primary practice is collaborative. She is Scottish, based in West Cork for the last 10 years, and has over 25 years experience of devising, developing, facilitating and managing art projects in healthcare and community contexts in
Scotland and Ireland.

Charlotte currently coordinates an Arts for Health Programme and Community Garden in Knocknaheeny, Cork, for Niche Community Health Project. She also facilitates a weekly open studio in Cork, with The Next Step – promoting creativity for mental health.

Charlotte worked with Art in Hospital in Glasgow for 10 years before coming to Cork in 2005 as Triskel Arts Centre Artist-in- Residence in St. Finbarr’s Hospital (till 2008). She has maintained close links with the West Cork Arts for Health Programme – completing an evaluation, with Ann O’Connor, in 2009, as well as being an artist mentor for Sharon Dipity in 2015. In 2018 Charlotte undertook an Uillinn residency/commission with artist Michael Greenlaw for St. Patrick’s Day: The Parade Press.

Her experience is wide ranging, and, as well as delivery of participatory workshops and practice based residencies, has also included: artists’ support and mentoring, collaborative public art commissions; bespoke design; curating; consultancy; research; strategic development and evaluation.

Charlotte holds a BA (Hons) Fine Art in Printmaking from Glasgow School of Art, additionally studying papermaking, bookbinding and glass. She has a well equipped studio in Leap. “I have a longstanding personal and professional commitment to artistic interventions in community and healthcare settings. This follows a strongly held belief that participation in the arts can improve quality of life, health and wellbeing and that access should be available to all members of society.”

  1. Secrets Project – Residency and exhibition in Darat Al Funun Gallery, Amman,
    Jordan. Artist’s book – one of a series – paper made from hospital sheets, wax, pins.
  2. Knocknaheeny Chandelier – Percent for Art commission, Cork City Council.
    Community collaborative project – fused glass, wire and metal.
  3. Fused Glass project – with Niche Men’s Health Group, Knocknaheeny.