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Whose Move? Body Politics and Health Equality: Positioning Arts Practice in Contested Territories
by Siobhán Clancy

Socially engaged artist Siobhán Clancy has been producing collaborative work in and outside of healthcare settings for nearly a decade. For Siobhán, the priorities of health equality are compatible with the strategic objectives and aspirations of arts and health work. Yet she has discovered that when engaging with marginalized experiences and excluded constituents, artists sometimes find themselves outside the current framework of arts and health practice.

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The Value of Collaboration: Reflections on the implementation of the Per Cent for Art Scheme in a community nursing unit
by Bernie Austin

Healthcare manager Bernie Austin reflects on the unexpected benefits of a collaborative approach to commissioning artworks within a community nursing unit.

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Opening the Box
by Paula Meehan

Poet Paula Meehan reflects on a time of healing in her life when the excitement and mystery of art transcended the daily process of craft.

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Image shown: Paula Meehan. Photo by Theo Dorgan


In Writing: finding a way through illness
by Lia Mills

Writer Lia Mills tells us how the notebooks she kept as a cancer patient helped her retain a sense of self during her treatment and led to a positive shift in her relationship with her artform.

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Image shown: Lia Mills by Mark McCall


A quiet megaphone for your knowledge: an artist’s approach to person-centred arts participation in healthcare
by Marielle MacLeman

Addressing the imagined participants of an Arts and Health workshop, Marielle MacLeman draws from her experiences of working as an artist in palliative and chronic healthcare settings to reflect upon the values that underpin her responsive approach to person-centred arts participation. Listen to Marielle reading her perspective here. 

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Introduction

This section presents opinion on aspects of arts and health practice from a range of perspectives including health service users, artist, 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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