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Sharon Whooley
Arts for Health West Cork

Sharon Whooley is a filmmaker, based in Baltimore in West Cork. She was Editor of Film West Magazine, Ireland’s only film quarterly from 1998 to 2001.   She has been a co-director with Pat Collins of Harvest Films since 2001 and has worked on over 20 documentaries within the company.  She was co-writer on the feature films ‘Silence’ and ‘Song of Granite’ and ‘The Aran Islands’ (in development). She was Producer on the documentaries ‘Tim Robinson: Connemara’ (2012) and ‘Skin+Soul’(2020) on fashion photographer Perry Ogden and Associate Producer on ‘Henry Glassie: Folklife’. (2019) and is currently producing a new film ‘Ghost in the Throat’ on poet, Doireann Ní Ghríofa. She has been the recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Film Project Award on three separate occasions for her films ‘Fathom’, ‘Distance’ and ‘Night Flight’ and for the shorter film works ‘Imogen Stuart: Dealbhóir’ on German-Irish sculptor Imogen Stuart and ‘Nettle Coat’ on Alice Maher’s work of the same name.  She was the recipient of the Arts Council’s Film Bursary in 2018 and was Film Artist in Residence in Uillinn: The West Cork Arts Centre in 2018.  She was also one of the co-directors of Skibbereen Arts Festival from 2010-2017.

“I first got involved with the Arts for Health team in 2018, when I made an observational film capturing the live performance of Stories from the Well Field, with Tess Leak, Justin Grounds, Eoin Lynch and a core group of residents of St. Joseph’s Unit, Bantry General Hospital.  The project was funded by an Arts Council Arts Participation Project Award which included the making of the film.  The film which was also the recipient of an artsandhealth.ie documentation bursary.

I again collaborated with Tess Leak in Spring and Summer 2020 on The Museum of Song Postal Project, which resulted in a series of exchanges with participants in 5 Community Hospitals, during lockdown, where we collected over 150 songs.  The next phase will bring the Museum of Song Postal Project to Rural Bantry and all of the islands off West Cork, supported by a Creative Ireland Award 2020. The level of creativity, knowledge and deep engagement we have experienced with participants and staff through both these Arts for Health projects has been really inspirational to me.”

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