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March 22 2021

the deepest shade of green: an exhibition

Saolta Arts and Galway are pleased to present The Deepest Shade of Greenan Arts and Health programme that’s part of Galway’s European Capital of Culture 2020 celebrations. 

To visit the Saolta Arts website and discover more about this thoughtful, inspirational exhibition, please click here 

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus last year, the team made the decision to postpone the event and it will now be open from Monday 29th March – Friday 30th April 2021. Whilst the public won’t be able to visit in person as a result of ongoing restrictions, the project’s content will be shared with a vast audience online and there’s the hope that the exhibition will be able to remain in place for staff and patients to see later this summer.

The project is in partnership with Galway University Hospitals and Saolta University Health Care Group (amongst others) and explores the interface between the natural world and the clinical setting; from virtual skylights in Radiology suits, to rooftop farms, to artworks projecting nature onto walls. 

Fundamentally, it’s about foregrounding the importance of connecting our hospitals to the natural world outside and of listening to and learning from those who spend the most time in them. 

As an exhibition, The Deepest Shade of Green features patient and staff testimonials alongside global exemplars of biophilic architecture, commissioned artwork and hospital gardens that are used for both therapy sessions and as a source of fresh produce for patients’ meals. 

With the exposition being an ever-evolving entity, we were recently approached by the Saolta Arts and Galway team, who asked if we would be interested in sharing photographs of each Horatio’s Garden to help support the project. 

Given that the message of the showcase is one we wholeheartedly believe in, we were only too happy to help. The point of the project is to highlight how nature, design and clinical standards can coexist to enhance the hospital experience for everyone and it’s our privilege to be involved with something which is raising awareness of this important sentiment so beautifully. 

Whilst ongoing restrictions as a result of Coronavirus are currently precluding public access to the exhibition, it’s still serving as a research document that’s garnering support for the integration of green spaces in future builds. 

In the wake of the pandemic, the implications of The Deepest Shade of Green are likely to be more apposite than ever and will hopefully show that our hospitals of the future need not be the stark, sterile environments of the past. 

To visit the Saolta Arts website and discover more about this thoughtful, inspirational exhibition, please click here 

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