Killagoley Training & Activation Centre (K.T.A.C.) (R.T. Unit) is a training centre based at St. Senan’s Hospital, Enniscorthy.  The Visual Art and Creative Writing Programmes offer participant artists inspirational and varied activities which encourage each individual along their own creative journey.

Lead Artist

Joe Brennan

Joe is a storyteller, writer, theatre maker and facilitator. He will take you on a journey of magic and wonder through the highways and byways of Ireland, from his native Wexford to his home in Donegal. . . . [read more]

He will bring you over the seas to exotic and mysterious lands that lie beyond the horizon of our imaginations. His repertoire of folktales, myths, legends and original stories reflect the wide gamut of human experiences and emotions. [/read]

Lead Artist

Oonagh Latchfort

Wexford based visual artist, Oonagh Latchford, holds a BA (Hons) in Art. She was a recipient of Artlinks bursary in 2018 and of County Wexford Arts Department’s Tyrone Guthrie award in 2014. . . . [read more]

In addition to her painting practice, she has over ten years’ experience as an art facilitator, working with children and adults of all ages and abilities, using a wide variety of materials and processes.  

She has been awarded primary school residencies under the auspices of the Living Arts Project in 2014, 2106, 2017 and again in 2018.

She worked as a facilitator within Wexford Arts Centre’s Insight Education programme from 2010-2017.

She has worked as a facilitator within County Wexford Arts Department Arts Ability programme since 2018.

Her practice primarily explores themes of identity and memory, making paintings that exude feelings of nostalgia, history and longing. Exhibitions include Scéilini in Paint, a solo show in the Anita Chan Lai-Ling Gallery, Fringe Club, Hong Kong as part of her residency for the Irish festival Asia 2018, with the support of Culture Ireland. Also Painting is dead- WHO SAYS? group show Kamera 8, Wexford. Her paintings are held in private and corporate collections within Ireland, Hong Kong and the USA. [/read]

CUMAS is a designated day centre for people with disabilities. The Visual Art Programme nurtures a creative environment for the participant artists to grow and develop as individuals and artists.

Lead Artist

Declan Kennedy

Over the last 20 years Declan has specialized in working in the area of Arts and Disability. He has worked on the Arts Ability CUMAS New Ross Programme since its origins in 2003. . . . [read more]

He has also being facilitating the KCAT Studio group over this time and has spent the last 15 years coordinating and developing the KCAT studio. Previous to this he studied Art for seven years and qualified with an MA in Fine Arts. He has developed a strong working relationship with organisations in the Arts and Disabilities sector, both Nationally and Internationally. [/read]

Wexford Residential and Intellectual Disability Service (W.R.I.D.S) is a community group home for adults with severe to profound intellectual disabilities and complex needs.  The Multi-Disciplinary Arts programme provides stimulating, enjoyable and engaging workshops and events for the participants and staff of W.R.I.D.S.

Lead Artist

John Busher

John Busher graduated form The National College of Art Design with an MA Art in the Contemporary World (2015), a Post Grad Diploma in Art & Design Education (2008), and an Honours Degree (1999). He has a Post Grad in Special Education from DCU (2011). [read more]

He is lead CPD facilitator in Visual Art for Primary Teachers at the School of Education at The National College of Art Design. He is also lead CPD facilitator on the Teacher Artist Partnership, a national wide initiative in collaboration with The Arts in Education Portal and County Education Centres. He has facilitated on numerous arts in education programmes such as The Living Arts Project, in partnership with Wexford County Council, Wexford Arts Centre and The Arts Council. He is also a panel artist on the Artist in Prison Scheme. He has exhibited internationally at galleries such as 0-0 LA (Los Angeles), The Hole (New York), and Saatchi Gallery (London). Recent solo exhibitions include We Often Forget, The Complex, Dublin (2020), Jostle, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2017), Floorplan, NAG Gallery, Dublin (2015). He was the recipient of the Artlinks Bursary Award (2018 & 2020). Recent publications include Art Maze Magazine (Issue 6), curated by Kristian Day (London). Works can be found in the collections of the OPW, Wexford County Council, Department of Education & Science, and the Talbot Group. [/read]

Wexford Mental Health Association’s music programme is aimed at promoting music as a medium for facilitating well-being and recovery from mental health difficulties but also looks to promote community integration among users.

Lead Artist

Emily Redmond

After completing her degree in music at Waterford Institute of Technology in 2005, Emily went on to study conducting in London with Denise Ham, Robert Houlihan, Rodolfo Saglembeni and George Hurst over a 2 year period. . . . [read more]

She was principal conductor of The Gateway Orchestra from 2013-2017 and The County Wexford Youth Orchestra from 2007-2020. She has been a member of staff at The County Wexford School of Music since 2005,  where she teaches violin and viola.  Emily is a member of several string quartets around Ireland and performs regularly on the Late Late Show and other Irish TV programmes. She has performed with the following artists Michael Buble, Shane MacGowan, Sharon Shannon, Tommy Fleming, Westlife, Jose Carreras, The Cheiftans, Charlotte Church, Katherine Jenkins, Ellie Goulding etc.

Emily began working with dementia patients in 2006 and  became involved with a Large Community Music Project funded by the HSE and Wexford County Council.  From 2006-2009, she carried out music therapy workshops at the New Houghton Hospital, The Community Hospital and The Day Care Centre in New Ross, Co Wexford.  She presented specially designed workshops and performances of the highest quality to older people within their own living environment.  This led to a new programme called Music for and with the Elderly organised by Wexford County Council.  She facilitated one day workshops for nurses, volunteers, carers, and musicians to give them the tools and resources to carry out their own music sessions within their healthcare settings. 

Emily was appointed as Music Exploration Officer with Wexford Mental Health Association and The Mental Health Services in County Wexford in 2016.  The Music Programme is funded as part of the Arts Ability Programme, a partnership between the HSE and Wexford County Council Arts Department. The Arts Ability Programme is an inclusive, participatory arts programme that celebrates the artistic and creative imagination of people who experience mental health problems and/or intellectual, physical or sensory disabilities.

The programme is administered through Wexford Mental Health Association and run in close partnership between the HSE Mental Health Services. The programme explores the role of music in mental health recovery for individuals attending community mental health services and those in residential settings in County Wexford.  Access to the programme is by referral from the HSE Mental Health Services.

The programme embraces partnerships with community musicians and the County Council Arts office (Creative Communities Programme), e.g. working with singer songwriter Jimi Cullen, Contemporary dancer Dee Grant and  traditional singer Aileen Lambert to name but a few

 Emily is currently running music programmes in residential units and community groups within the mental health services on a weekly basis north and south of the County.

Emily designs programmes for the residential units and community groups that are engaging, increase quality of life, and recognise participants’ individuality.  During the music sessions she includes both active forms of musical engagement such as song writing, singing, and playing musical instruments, as well as receptive forms of musical engagement such as listening to live or pre-recorded music.