Lay Your Cards on the Table

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An Event for the First Fortnight Festival, 2016

Groundswell and the Dundalk Library

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The First Fortnight Festival “challenges mental health prejudice through the visual arts, with a belief that the arts create a space where people can talk about mental health issues in a non-scripted manner”.

Lay Your Cards on the Table offered visitors to Dundalk Library the opportunity to produce condensed visual journals on a selection of playing cards. A chance to share accounts of daily living, bits of advice, and heart-to-heart messages. The playing card journals were shared as gifts, hidden in the library, traded, or retained as keepsakes.

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A library, as an archive of human experience, is one of the most democratic spaces to explore stories in relation to mental health. A place for reflection, knowledge, debate and communication, a library represents the diversity of the human condition within its collections.

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This event was accompanied by a bibliotherapy display compiled from a selection of self-help books and literary reads evoking themes related to mental health.