Chronic chats

Image description: black, yellow and white drawing of me with messy hair sitting behind a laptop with stickers that say 'ugh' and 'a4'. I am sitting in front of a bookshelf with books titled 'unsolicited advice', 'hot water bottles: a love story' and 'all the names I've forgotten'. The title reads 'Chronic chats'. The subtile reads: 'A creative peer support group for chronically ill people in Co. Mayo'


Chronic Chats is an online creative group for chronically ill people in Mayo led by chronically ill artist and designer Áine O’Hara. The group will meet weekly for six weeks in March and April 2021 to chat and create.

Áine is looking for a small number of participants over 18 years to take part in the group.
Chronic Chats is for those who were sick or housebound due to health conditions and have long been experiencing the isolation that often comes with illness. As we try to get back to normal many people are still cocooning, they still can’t leave their home and won’t be able to for months. There is often talk of a ‘new normal’ but the truth is, living with illness is always chaotic and what we really need to focus on is connection, conversation and care.

Chronic Chats is a peer support group, a space where chronically ill people can meet each other, relax, and talk about our experiences, (or not). There will be creative activities that you can take part in, or, if you want you can just tune in and listen. The purpose of this group is to connect people through creativity by drawing, colouring and chatting. No artistic experience is needed.

Spaces are limited and will be allocated randomly. There is no cost to take part, though you do need internet access as meetings will take place online. Please let us know if you have any specific access requirements or questions. Mayo County Council Arts Service at (094) 906 4376 or

Áine O’Hara is an award-winning visual artist, theatre-maker and facilitator based in North Mayo. Áine is passionate about creating exciting and vulnerable work for and about people who are often left out of traditional art and theatre spaces. Áine’s artistic practice is influenced by her own experience of chronic illness.

This project is part of Navigating a Future, a Mayo County Council’s Public Art Commission, four artists living in Mayo will create artwork in response to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and our lives going forward. Funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. For more information visit: