Panellists confirmed for Art For The Senses @TheMAC March 2019

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We are delighted to announce the panellists taking part in the discussion at the forthcoming event at the MAC, “Art for the Senses, a journey of resilience and recovery”.

Paula Matthews is an award winning Arts Council supported professional writer and social worker who has worked in mental health arts since she graduated in 1999. Paula has worked extensively in community contexts programming arts for wellbeing and has delivered literary programmes to prisoners with diagnosed mental illness aged 14-85 across the NI Prison Service.

Paula has worked in private and NHS healthcare settings with mental health arts and she runs Deep Down Arts and Wellbeing, a grassroots community mental health initiative.

Joining Paula and Geralyn, is Dr Jolene Mairs Dyer, a Lecturer in Media Production at Ulster University and former Mental Health Social Worker and Therapist (Groupwork). She has research interests in collaborative documentary filmmaking/visual practice in post-conflict societies (particularly in post-agreement Northern Ireland) where the ownership of the material is shared between producer/director and the storyteller.

The final member of the panel is Dr Francis O’Neill, Consultant Psychiatrist at the Belfast HSC Trust and the discussion will be curated by BBC NI journalist Helen Jones.

 “Art For The Senses, a journey of resilience and recovery” showcases both the work and the experiences of Geralyn Mulqueen as an artist, psychotherapist, lawyer, activist and mother.

Using her art and written word, Geralyn examines creativity as an outlet for the navigation of personal trauma and the journey towards building resilience and eventual recovery. Geralyn offers this journey informed through lived exposure, impact, processing and recovery on all levels.

The event, sponsored by the RSA, is FREE to attend and takes place at The MAC in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, Friday 29th March 2019. Doors open at 4.30pm and the event concludes around 7.30pm.

There are limited places available for the event – to register your interest or to confirm your place, please email