Claire Flahavan works as an art therapist in St Louise’s Unit at Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) Crumlin. St Louise’s Unit provides an assessment and therapy service for young people who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault. Here, Claire reflects on her experience of Sidestep, an Arts in Health project for staff within the Unit at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sidestep was facilitated by artist Emma Finucane, who has been collaborating with the Unit to mark the future transition of the service to a new location within CHI at Tallaght. The project culminated in the publication of a book.
Davina Flaherty is a 15 year old singer-songwriter and musician from Galway. A member of CanTeen Ireland, the national young people’s cancer support group, Davina has been taking part in an online music project since summer 2020 led by musicians Seán Carpio and Ríona Sally Hartman. She discusses her passion for music, becoming a reluctant convert to virtual collaboration and the good chaos involved in the creative process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
from both sides now: A reflection on the positioning of arts in health programmes in relation to healthcare organisations
by Mary Grehan
- When you asked us to look: The world of Open Gallery
Inhale Hope, Exhale Pain
by Susannah Hall
Culture and the arts in mental health innovation: Young people want and need more than ‘traditional’ ‘treatments’
by Dr. Katherine Taylor
Social Prescribing: A Collaborative Approach to Health and Wellbeing
by Cecily Maher
- from both sides now: A reflection on the positioning of arts in health programmes in relation to healthcare organisations
The Value of Collaboration: Reflections on the implementation of the Per Cent for Art Scheme in a community nursing unit
by Bernie Austin
Opening the Box
by Paula Meehan
In Writing: finding a way through illness
by Lia Mills
A quiet megaphone for your knowledge: an artist’s approach to person-centred arts participation in healthcare
by Marielle MacLeman
Both Sides of the Coin: The Distinctive Value of Art in Health Care
by François Matarasso
- The Value of Collaboration: Reflections on the implementation of the Per Cent for Art Scheme in a community nursing unit
Dante or the DSM*? Art and the re-imagining of ‘mental health’
by Dylan Tighe
Mental Health, Recovery and the Role of the Creative Arts
by Dr Pat Bracken
A Love-Filled Slap: A Manifesto for Arts and Health
by Clive Parkinson
Working with stories of other people’s traumatic experiences: Questions of responsibility as an artist
by Dominic Thorpe
- Dante or the DSM*? Art and the re-imagining of ‘mental health’
Grey Matters: The role of the Arts and Health in the delivery of ‘Healthy Ireland’
by Caroline Peppard
Artists, Political Education and the Care of Self in Social Practice
by Ailbhe Murphy
Culture and arts in hospitals – a patient’s perspective
by Katie Verling
Music in common: Probing the divergent mind-sets underpinning Music Therapy and Music in Healthcare
by Aingeala De Búrca
- Grey Matters: The role of the Arts and Health in the delivery of ‘Healthy Ireland’
A Disruptive Influence – introducing the role of an arts and health co-ordinator
by Niamh O'Connor
The Weapons of Life: A case for arts participation as a creative response to mental health problems
by Mary Dineen
A Marriage of Apparent Opposites: The Arts in Medical Education
by Dr. Austin O'Carroll
The place of loss in arts and health
by Mary Grehan
- A Disruptive Influence – introducing the role of an arts and health co-ordinator
Can good arts and health practice be taught?
by Hilary Moss
The artist’s point of view
by Helene Hugel and Marie Brett
A social model for health
by Aidan Warner
Crossword – a patient’s reflection on the WHAT arts programme in the WRH Dialysis Unit
by Johanna Tanner
Why arts and health should not be confused with arts and disability?
by Pádraig Naughton
To evidence or not to evidence?
by Sheelagh Broderick and Catherine McCabe
- Can good arts and health practice be taught?