Another Expanse
Garter Lane Arts Centre Waterford 2013
Index Gallery Waterford Library 2014

All images taken by Joseph Carr.

Garter Lane Press release 2013
The Waterford Healing Arts Trust commissioned artist Dominic Thorpe to begin a process of engaging family members of people suffering from paranoid schizophrenia in one to one dialogue to inform the brief for a performance work by the artist. The performance acknowledges and examines challenges faced by those who love and care for those with serious mental health illness.

Dominic Thorpe is a performance artist based in Dublin. In his practice he often engages/meets with individuals or groups and makes an artwork/performance to respond to that experience.

Through creative process his work often explores the theme of silence, both personal and collective silence. This has brought him to the area of mental health where he is interested in engaging with people affected by mental health difficulties and their families/ loved ones to learn from their experience. In Another Expanse, Thorpe will interact with everyday objects and gestures in a simple way to address some of the complexities around personal relationships and coping mechanisms.
The audience are free to come and go throughout the performance.

Index Gallery Press Release 2014
Another Expanse is a solo exhibition by Dominic Thorpe curated by WHAT (the Waterford Healing Arts Trust) which will run in Waterford Central Library from 29 September until 16 October in conjunction with the second Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing. This exhibition presents work which explores some of the difficulties faced by those making life-changing decisions on behalf of a family member with serious mental health illness.

The work is based on a series of conversations between the artist and people who have a loved one with a serious mental health illness which took place in 2013 as part of a project commissioned by WHAT. The first stage of this project took the form of a performance artwork in Garter Lane Arts Centre as part of last year’s Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing. In it Dominic interacted with everyday objects and gestures revealing some of the complexities around personal relationships and coping mechanisms.

This exhibition comprises drawings and photographs which came from that performance.