Participants from the Towards Occupation Programme with Ballyhoura Development Ltd., pictured at the launch of the 'Spiritual Landscapes and Deep Connections' exhibition, which will be on view in Mitchelstown Library throughout the month of July. They are pictured with coordinators and tutors from Ballyhoura Development Ltd, Deputy Kevin O'Keefe and councillors Kay Dawson and Deirdre O'Brien. (Picture: Sandra Quinn)

Throughout the month of July, a stunning art installation and beautiful photographs will be on display in Mitchelstown Library as part of the Spiritual Landscapes and Deep Connections exhibition by the ‘Towards Occupation Programme’ in Mitchelstown. 

The Towards Occupation Programme is run by Ballyhoura Development and is designed to enable people with the skills and confidence to move into employment, self-employment, education, training or volunteer work.

Throughout the course of the programme, participants undertook art with Niamh Towey, took photographs in Ballyboy House and Gardens in Clogheen, went on outings, experienced equine therapy, mindfulness, personal development, computer skills and much more.

Siobhan Donegan was one of the participants who did the photography event and she spoke about how the experience allowed them to appreciate the everday beauty around us.

“In Ballyboy House, we had the run of the gardens, they were so different and unusual. Going into the forest was like going into a different world,” she said.

Sally Lee, who formed part of the art installation, said that the experience allowed many of them to try art for the first time and it showed them different ways of expressing themselves.

The exhibition will be available to view in Mitchelstown Library for all of July.