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Time to Unite and Take Action: Managing an Arts and Health Programme during COVID-19
by Justine Foster

Justine Foster manages the Arts for Health Partnership Programme in West Cork, an arts programme for older people in healthcare settings. She looks back on spring 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic uprooted the programme’s long-held infrastructure and new pathways were needed to connect with participants and to support relationships with artists and healthcare partners.

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Image shown: Justine Foster.

My Art and M.E.: The Demands of a Creative Mind
by Corina Duyn

Artist and puppet designer Corina Duyn has been exploring the internal landscape of illness in her work since she was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) in 1998. Corina reflects on how her art making has evolved and new avenues of discovery have opened up as she challenges the limitations of the body with the demands of a creative mind.

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Image shown: Paper-me by Corina Duyn: Paper puppet used in my shadow puppetry images.

Your Collection: The Arts Council Collection in Healthcare Settings
by Ben Mulligan and Ann O'Connor

There are more than 180 artworks from the Arts Council Collection currently on display in 14 healthcare settings across the Republic of Ireland. Ben Mulligan and Ann O'Connor from the Arts Council provide insights into the lending and selection process, and the impact this artwork can have on healthcare communities.

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Timothy Booth, Cross Section from a Rudge, 1969. Mixed media, 110 x 80cm. Collection of the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Currently on display at MISA, St James's Hospital.

Asylum Archive: An Archive of Asylum and Direct Provision
by Vukašin Nedeljković

Artist Vukašin Nedeljković began taking photographs of his surroundings as a coping mechanism during his time housed in a Direct Provision Centre. This work has grown into the multi-disciplinary platform Asylum Archive. Here, he discusses the reality of the Direct Provision Scheme for people seeking asylum and how Asylum Archive provides a collective space for documenting these experiences.

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Image shown: Vukašin Nedeljković. Photo credit: David Monaghan.

from both sides now: A reflection on the positioning of arts in health programmes in relation to healthcare organisations
by Mary Grehan

Having managed arts in health programmes in a range of organisational scenarios, Mary Grehan reflects on the challenges and opportunities of locating arts in health practice within the structures of healthcare as opposed to the not-for-profit sector.

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Image shown: Mary Grehan. Photo credit: Dylan Vaughan.


This section presents opinion on aspects of arts and health practice from a range of perspectives including health service users, artists, healthcare professionals and researchers. It aims to tease out the often contradictory complexities of arts and health work and contextualise these within wider debates. It also includes personal reflections on arts and health. The opinions contained here are the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of artsandhealth.ie.



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