Cathy spent many years working in the Community Arts sector with a variety of organisations such as Signal Art Centre, CYC, Dun Laoghaire Youth Arts Office, Dry Rain Youth Theatre, and the Knitting and Stitching Show. She spent 15 years running projects and workshops for children, youth, and women’s
groups while exhibiting her own artwork also.
A major episode with her mental health shut down normal life for many years including any interest in creative work. Through her own recovery journey with the support of mental health services, Cathy found her love of colour again and went on to share those skills and processes with others on their recovery
Cathy went on to do a variety of training and joined the ARCHES Team as a Recovery Education Facilitator in 2020. Cathy led the coproduction team who developed the incredibly popular set of Recovery Education courses: Recovery In Colour. It supports people in the process of recovery by using creativitity. People to use ‘art journaling’ (creating a personal visual journal, painting, drawing, colour and collage), to explore the meaning of recovery, self-care and to help articulate future plans and ambitions.
Areas of expertise: creativity and mental health recovery, Trauma Informed Care, traveller mental health, graphic design.