Addressing Particular Issues with the Story Exchange

In collaboration with local organizations, Narrative 4 Ireland uses the power of the story exchange to address ‘issues’ or ‘themes’ in the community.

Narrative 4 Loss, a six-week project in partnership with Milford Care Centre and Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh under the guidance of teacher Paula O’ Sullivan, was designed to give participants the opportunity to develop a language and understanding of how humans deal with loss in all its forms. Twenty students from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh and twenty adults in the community worked with N4 to identify their personal stories, explore the effects of loss and take part in a Narrative 4 story exchange. With a local artist Fiona Byrne, they incorporated a clay art component into the exchange to create individual art pieces that signified the stories.Inspired by their partner’s story, participants painted the dried clay using color to represent emotion. The art pieces were then combined together in an installation. As loss and grief are part of the human condition, allocating space and time to feel these universal emotions aims to help the participants to grapple with difficult feelings in a low-risk environment.