Saolta Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture in partnership with Galway University Hospitals and Saolta University Health Care Group presents

The Deepest Shade of Green

DATE February 2020 - March 2021
LOCATION Connacht and Ulster
VENUE University Hospitals: Galway, Merlin Park, Portiuncula, Mayo, Sligo, Letterkenny and Roscommon
Image Deirdre O’Mahony, Mic on Location, Portacloy Beach, Mayo 2019

The Deepest Shade of Green explores the importance of connecting our hospitals with the natural world outside and of listening to and learning from those who use them.

Nature and familiar landscapes of the West are brought into the wards, corridors, and waiting rooms of Saolta University Health Care Group’s hospitals and used to imaginatively escape the clinical environment.



Viriditas is a song cycle composed by renowned Irish artist and singer Ceara Conway following an extended process of engagement at Galway University Hospitals. For more details, see the Viriditas project page.



West of Sumer

In an exploration of plants used in modern medicine and traditional herbal remedies, University Hospital Galway hosts West of Sumer, an exhibition of botanical art and photographs by artists interested in the classification, control and reproduction of the natural world. See West of Sumer page for more details.



POST_ is a newly commissioned audio-based artwork by acclaimed Irish artist Deirdre O’Mahony designed to allow hospital patients, staff, and the wider public to imaginatively visit familiar parts of the West of Ireland. See full POST_project details.


A Bird at My Window and Other Stories

A Bird at My Window and Other Stories is a magical and thought-provoking response to an Italian children’s book, transforming the hospital bed areas of young patients into miniature theatre spaces using puppetry, storytelling, shadow play, and soundscapes. Find out more about the A Bird at My Window and Other Stories.

Note This event closed to public

A Deeper Shade of Green

In Notes on Healing, Florence Nightingale wrote that the greatest challenge for the fevered patient was not being able to see out of a window. The importance of integrating nature in the design and planning of our healthcare buildings and of listening to and learning from those who use them is explored in A Deeper Shade of Green, an exhibition at University Hospital Galway. See project page for more details.

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