The Association of Local Authority Arts Officers (ALAAO) with Arts Development UK will host a two-day conference on 25-26 April marking the beginning of a new dialogue across the Irish Sea exploring shared experiences, responsive and effective local arts development and building future forums for European exchange. This conference celebrates Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union (January-June 2013) through the Culture Connects programme.

On 26 April there will be a public seminar at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, which will include a panel discussion at 10.30 am on ‘Arts and Health – Finding the Pulse’. This discussion will look at the role local government has played in brokering the development of arts and health between artists and the health sector. Arts and Health is a partnership of two sectors which are extremely diverse, where does its future lie?

Annette Moloney, a socially engaged artist, curator and collaborator, whose practice includes artist’s professional development, arts and health and public art projects, will talk about arts and health in the Irish context. UK development will be represented by Owen Hurcombe, Director of Creative Health (Arts in Health) CIC. The panel Q&A will chaired by Lucina Russell, Arts Officer, Kildare County Council.

For more information on this conference phone 057-9357400


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