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About artsandhealth.ie

artsandhealth.ie is a national arts and health website developed by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts. The development phase of the website was funded by the Arts Council and the website is currently funded by the Arts Council and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The website provides a resource and focal point for the field of arts and health in Ireland via information, support, advice and news, and generates discussion between artists, arts organisations, health service users, carers, healthcare professionals and others interested in the dynamic area of arts and health.

The editorial policy outlines the website’s policy in relation to editorial content and criteria for inclusion.


In its Arts and Health Policy and Strategy published in 2010, the Arts Council identified the need for a single and independent resource to meet the current and evolving needs of those involved in arts and health. The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create were selected through a process of open competition to receive Arts Council funding to develop the website.

WHAT and Create developed artsandhealth.ie in 2011 with the support of an editorial panel comprising Ciara McMahon, GP and artist, Aidan Warner, Community Department HSE South (Cork), Lucina Russell, Arts Officer, Kildare County Council, Nicola Dunne, Arts and Wellbeing Specialist with Kildare West Wicklow County Addiction Team, Helene Hugel, Artistic Director of Helium Arts, Katrina Goldstone, Communications, Create, and Jo O’Rourke, Senior Health Promotion Officer, HSE.

The website development was directed by Mary Grehan, Arts Director of WHAT and Sarah Tuck, Director of Create.

Through a partnership agreement between WHAT and Create, it was pre-agreed that the management of artsandhealth.ie would be taken on by WHAT at the end of the development phase. The website is now managed by the organisational and management systems put in place by WHAT. Emma Eager is currently the Project Co-ordinator / Moderator.

During the development phase of artsandhealth.ie, independent arts consultant Sarah Searson was commissioned by the project partners to make recommendations for the future governance of the website to ensure long term, transparent and workable structures.

Further to these recommendations, an editorial panel was established in early 2012 to support artsandhealth.ie. Current members of the panel are:

Name Job Title Representing
Claire Meaney WHAT Director WHAT
Ailbhe Murphy Create Director Create
Ann O’Connor Arts Council, Head of Arts Participation The Arts Council
JP Swaine HSE Values in Action Core Team Healthcare Professionals
Mark Breen Business professional WHAT Management Committee
Alison Baker Kerrigan Arts Director, National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital Arts and Health Co-ordinators Ireland
Tess Leak Artist Artist
Marielle MacLeman Artist Artist
Vacant HSE
Gerardette Bailey Arts Officer, Meath County Council Association of Local Authority Arts Officers

Click HERE to read the biographies of the panel members.

This panel is designed to ensure broad and fair representation of the range of stakeholders and interests.

The role of the Editorial Panel is:

  • To support the Project Co-ordinator in developing an annual plan and implementation strategy for the ongoing development of the site
  • To peer review submissions and make recommendations for site content
  • To advocate for the site and represent its best interests
  • To provide expert insight and information from their own fields of practice
  • To identify opportunities for partners and funding opportunities

All of the partners involved recognise the rich and varied work created in healthcare settings which can go unnoticed or unacknowledged beyond the confines of the immediate environment. artsandhealth.ie aims to bring this to the attention and appreciation of a wider audience.  Artists and healthcare workers can learn about the arts and health work of their peers and patients, or any group that is co author or participant in arts made in a health care setting can see their work brought further afield.

The website content has been informed by a consultation process with those working in the field of arts and health. We, nevertheless, understand the need to review and consider how the website functions and the relevance of the content published on an ongoing basis and welcome users’ feedback and suggestions on an ongoing basis. Feedback and suggestions can be e-mailed to info@artsandhealth.ie.

Image shown: The Editorial Panel. Photo by Susan Walsh

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