George Higgs and Aideen Barry have been awarded Action Research Project Awards as part of an enquiry convened by Create, the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland and WHAT (Waterford Healing Arts Trust) which aims to explore the points of intersection, divergence, synergy and tension that exist between arts and health and arts and disability practice and  inform thinking and collaborative practice within and between these sectors.

As a consequence of discussions between the partners – informed by a series of key readings and documents related to arts and health and to arts and disability – it was agreed that there were a number of areas of overlap that warranted further exploration, and that artists with experience of one or both of these areas of practice should be invited to become part of the Arts & Health / Arts & Disability Enquiry. The enquiry partners developed two Artist Action Research Project Award opportunities for artists with a track record in the field of arts and health and/or arts and disability. The time frame for the action research will be between January and June 2014. The amount available for each award is €5,000.

Key Documents
Arts Council Arts and Disability Policy and Strategy 2012 – 2016.
Arts Council Arts and Health Policy and Strategy 2010 – 2014.
Why arts and health should not be confused with arts and disability (P. Naughton, 2011).


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