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Haiku Shelter at Uillinn

HAIKU-SHELTER with Tess Leak with guest Mary Callaghan is a 10 week project exploring loss through the creation of simple ‘Haiku’ inspired poems, ink drawings and using objects collected from the natural world. This gentle, supportive project will be facilitated by Arts for Health artist Tess Leak and printmaker Mary Callaghan.

The course was first run in Bantry and Clonakilty in 2021 and this year is being held in Skibbereen at Uillinn with all the additional resources that the arts centre has to offer, including tours of the gallery, and residency artists studio visits. There are a couple of places still available to join this group which will continue until 19 December, 2022 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Uillinn.

No experience needed. This is suitable for people who may have experienced any kind of loss recently or in the past.

Tess – “Haiku is a form people can connect to in a very simple way. It’s got a lovely structure, those three lines, that’s a kind of support. What’s great about using creativity to talk about grief and loss is that we don’t have to talk about them. We can just share something we’ve written, or made, or drawn, so that we can share in an indirect way if we want to.”

See HERE for details on the course that has taken place previously with Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) as lead in partnership with Arts for Health West Cork.  Between September 2021 and March 2022, IHF developed a Compassionate Culture Network across Ireland. Seven artist-facilitators and support workers worked in seven venues inviting local communities to explore loss as un-lockdown happened, including Tess Leak and West Cork community.

Get in touch to book your space on 02822090 or

Tess Leak is an artist and musician who has been working with the Arts for Health Programme in West Cork since 2010. She is a graduate of the BA in Visual Art on Sherkin Island and The Curious School of Puppetry in London. In 2020, she created the Museum of Song Postal Project in collaboration with artist Sharon Whooley which was delivered to healthcare settings as a response to the isolation of participants during the pandemic.

In 2021 she worked as part of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Compassionate Culture Network, developing the project ‘Haiku Shelter’ for participants in Cork County. Tess is co-founder and curator of participatory projects Haiku Island Press and The Museum of Miniature and is cellist with the Vespertine Quintet.

Developed with Irish Hospice Foundation ‘Compassionate Culture Network’ and delivered in partnership with Cork ETB.

Special thanks to Eleanor O’Driscoll for making this happen in memory of her brother Oliver