Brónagh Corr-McNicholl

Western Health and Social Care Trust

Brónagh Corr-McNicholl has taken up the post of Artist-in-Residence in the Western Trust. She brings to the role a diverse range of artistic and programming skills but her main specialist art practice is in the area of photography, image making and digital imaging.

Originally from Tyrone Brónagh has worked within the arts for the past 20 years. After completing her foundation in Art at Chester University and attending the NCAD studying Fine Art Teaching, she than began her early career in  the newspaper industry as a graphic designer and compositer. She later returned to college and went on to gain a BA Hons degree in Media and her MA in in Film and Television Production and Management. Her final Year Degree film received high accolade from some of the UK film industry experts and was the recipient of an RTE Award.

Brónagh relocated to Derry in 1999 where for the next 9 years she worked as the programmer for both Foyle Film Festival and the London Irish film Festival, she also worked from 2007-2008 as the Cultural Development officer at the University of Ulster in Magee. In 2008 she set up Resolution Art in partnership with her husband and worked as designer and photographer, both in the commercial sector but also developing further her own artistic practice. Since March of 2011 she has worked P/T in Melrose house working closely with a range of clients from within Mental Health area, across a range of different art projects and mediums.

Interacting directly with clients through the creative process and seeing how Art can be utilised as a healing tool encouraged Bronagh to realise the direction that she wants to take her artistic practice. Her belief is that if a service user is engaged  even for 10 minutes within the creative process, for that 10 minutes they have achieved some form of outlet  and engagement with the world around them. The benefits also extend beyond the patients as staff, family and visitors can see how art assists in the healing environment.

For her tenure at Arts Care she intends to develop a programme that will involve elements of digital filming/animation/photography and digital image making.

She also intends to use her past programming skills and knowledge of the Arts in the NW to make connections with external arts and cultural bodies in the North West, optimising the profile of the artistic endeavours within the Western Trust and Care Area and also that of the role of Arts Care. The aim of encouraging ‘inclusivity’ and ‘artistic connections’ with a wider cultural reach is particularly significant agenda in the run up to the 2013 ‘City of Culture’ celebrations and it is Brónagh’s aim to ensure that the clients, staff and families from the Western Health and Social Care Trust are a part of those celebrations.