Arts and Health

Featured case study: 110 Skibbereen Girls


Happy New Year to all our readers, contributors and supporters. For the past three years, we have hosted an annual arts and health gathering to inspire practitioners and support the exchange of ideas. This year’s Arts and Health Check Up Check In is taking place in Waterford on 11 April, to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Waterford Healing Arts Trust. For those interested in learning more about this area of practice, our annual Introduction to Arts & Health will take place later in 2019 together with a new online initiative. Keep an eye on the website for details. We ask that you continue to send us your events, opportunities and news. The e-bulletin is bi-monthly and submission dates can be found at the end of each e-bulletin. Lastly, the European Mental Health Art & Culture Festival hosted by First Fortnight is currently underway across Ireland. Check out our highlights in the events section.


Save the Date! Arts + Health Check Up Check In 2019

Arts and Health Check Up Check In 2019 takes place at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford on Thursday 11 April. Designed to inspire and support networking and exchange, this event is for healthcare professionals, arts practitioners and anyone interested in learning more about this exciting field. The keynote speaker will be Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive of Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight and Countess Mountbatten Hospice, Southampton. Read more.

Dementia-Inclusive Tours at the National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland is offering dementia-inclusive tours and workshops on 14 January and 11 February, relating to the exhibition Canaletto and the Art of Venice. The sessions will involve a special visit to the exhibition and a chance to create your own artwork. Read more.


Waterford Healing Arts Trust: Call for Artist in Residence 2019

Waterford Healing Arts Trust invites artists of all arts disciplines to apply to be Artist in Residence at University Hospital Waterford in 2019. The WHAT Artist in Residence programme is a means of engaging patients in contemporary arts practice and an opportunity for artists to develop their professional practice within an acute hospital context. Deadline: 7 February. Read more.

Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary Award 2019

The Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary Award 2019 supports individual professional artists whose practice centres on collaboration with groups of people in any of the following contexts: communities of place and/or interest, health, disability, cultural diversity and older people. Deadline: 31 January. Read more.


First Fortnight European Mental Health Art & Culture Festival

First Fortnight is hosting the European Mental Health Art & Culture Festival this January. Taking place for the first time in Ireland, there are over 150 events around the country with representatives from 16 countries across Europe participating. Check out some of our highlights across theatre, visual art, music, spoken word, circus, discussion and family workshops. Read more.

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life: A symposium on men, movement and mental health

A symposium on Men, Movement and Mental Health is taking place on 17 January as part of First Fortnight Europe at Rua Red, South Dublin. Curated by dance artists Cathy Coughlan and Ailish Claffey, the programme features live performances, film, talks, interactive presentations and panel discussions from national and international artists who have made work with, for or about communities of men. Read more.

WOMB by Outlandish Theatre Platform

WOMB, a parallel perspective on woman and society, presented by Outlandish Theatre Platform in partnership with the Coombe Hospital is coming to First Fortnight from 14-19 January. Created and performed with community participants and professional performers, WOMB is taking place at the Samuel Beckett Centre, with a series of free workshops on select dates. Read more.

Creative Well: Creating Space

The Creative Well is hosting Creating Space, an exhibition of works from The Open Studio, at the Riverbank Arts Centre from 12 January – 16 February. The Creative Well arts and wellbeing project has run Open Studio at the Riverbank for the past five years facilitating an inclusive space for adults interested in visual art. Read more.

Art@Work 15: University Hospital Galway

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is hosting Art@Work 15 on the Art Corridor of University Hospital Galway until 31 January. Art@Work is the annual exhibition of work by current and retired staff members from Galway University Hospitals. Read more.

Home Sweet Home

A series of catastrophic climate events leaves the world in turmoil. How do you start over and adjust to a new idea of happiness? Home Sweet Home is the latest collaboration between Helium Arts and CanTeen Ireland, the young people’s cancer support group. This free lunchtime concert and screening event takes place on 2 February at The Sugar Club, Dublin. Read more.

International News

Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America

This two-year national initiative is led by the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine in partnership with ArtPlace America. An open-access Resource Repository will be launched in March 2019, followed by a white paper on Arts in Public Health in the summer. The ultimate goal is to produce a framework for evidence-based use of the arts in public health in 2020. Read more.

Professional development programme for Arts and Health Professionals (UK)

Aesop Institute in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University is running an accredited CPD programme for practitioners interested in devising and running successful arts and health programmes. The programme will start with a three-day residential in Folkestone from 14-16 May, with a two-day follow-up residential from 3-4 September in Canterbury. Read more.

Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive at University of Florida

This Summer Intensive is a comprehensive training programme for artists, health professionals, administrators, students, educators, and others who wish to explore the roles of the arts in healthcare and community health contexts. Taking place at the University of Florida Centre for Arts in Medicine from 6-17 May, participants may attend for one week or two. Partial scholarships are available. Read more.

Recent resources added to is continually updated with new resources, case studies and perspectives on arts and health practice. Some recent additions include:

Case studies 

110 Skibbereen Girls: In 2018, artist Toma McCullim worked with the residents, staff and visitors of Skibbereen Hospital Campus on a yearlong collaborative art project. A bronze public sculpture was created for the hospital grounds commemorating the 110 girls who left Skibbereen Union Workhouse to travel to Australia as part of the Earl Grey Assisted Immigration Scheme in 1848.

Strategies / Research 

NYCI National Youth Health Programme Strategic Plan 2018-2022: The National Youth Council of Ireland identifies three areas which will make a significant difference to the way in which young people can achieve positive health and wellbeing outcomes.

Arts and culture in health and wellbeing and in the criminal justice system: A summary of evidence: An assessment of the current evidence base around the place of arts and culture in health and wellbeing and in the criminal justice system by the Arts Council England.

Live Music in Care: Live Music Now and the University of Winchester explore the impact of music Interventions for people living and working in care home settings in this 2018 report.

If you would like to share a news article, event or opportunity in the field of arts and health, please submit your information to by Monday 18 February for consideration in the March e-bulletin. In the meantime, check out the website for up-to-date news. If you haven’t done so yet, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.


Enviado por José Antonio Sierra