Kildare Art Wellness Centre to open

Florence & Milly Coffee Shop

Florence & Milly are set to launch an arts fundit project to fundraise €13,000 towards The Laurel Rooms @ Florence & Milly, a new open access art wellness suite for you to experience wholehearted wellness of mind, body and soul through art therapy, yoga, pilates, massage and pottery, which kicks off tomorrow (27.03.19).

Owner, Laura Barry is a mixed media artist and art therapy facilitator. In 2015, Laura set up Florence & Milly, art studio in Clane, Co. Kildare. Florence & Milly is a community based pottery painting, art studio and coffee bar. 

Florence & Milly are asking you to join in an adventure called The Laurel Rooms @ Florence & Milly, where we will create an open access art wellness suite for you to experience wholehearted wellness of mind, body and soul through art therapy, yoga, pilates, massage and pottery. Working as an artist, potter and art therapy facilitator, Laura has the privilege of teaching different age groups with differing abilities in Kildare and surrounding areas.

“Art is particularly effective for mental health wellness and it has been my experience that we learn to grow in personal autonomy through the medium of Art.” Laura Barry, Artist.

In order to accommodate for the increased demand for art wellness, Florence & Milly are expanding the business by leasing the 1st floor of the same premises. This unit is to be refitted and will be divided into two spacious, soundproof rooms, a large open space with seating area, a small kitchenette and a partition with two sinks for hand and palette washing.

Florence & Milly are asking people to purchase one of twelve rewards available on the Fundit project or to support the creation of the project. The rewards range from an invitation to the launch night, pottery workshops, yogaramics, teambuilding workshops, pottery painting kits, vouchers, baby imprints and handmade ceramics from a limited edition studio collection.

All the money raised will go towards  the project to refit and equip the wellness suites to the best of there abilities. They need to insulate the space, refit and soundproof two therapy rooms, equip with tables, chairs and materials, plumb sinks and heating, install smoke detectors and electrics. They also need a pugmill to reprocess clay, kiln to fire pottery, electric wheels and slabroller for therapy, classes and workshops.

Laura has over 20 years’ experience dealing with the public. Having trained at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design, Public Relations Institute of Ireland and a Bachelor Science degree in Trinity College Dublin, along with qualifications in web design, Laura is a skilled communicator with a creative edge. Laura works alongside resident potter, Holly Parrow, a highly skilled, ex-commercial potter from the USA. Also, in the team are two undergraduates of NCAD, Watercolour Artist BridOg Norrby, several therapists, fitness instructors and wellness coaches who wish to collaborate on this project.

Laura adds, “We would be unbelievably grateful for your help in this project.”  

The Laurel rooms will provide a space for all ages to come and access art in many mediums under one roof at Florence & Milly. It will allow families and friends to meet and craft memories together in a calm environment.

For more information and images on the rewards please visit Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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