Are you involved in an arts and health project? Would you like to showcase your work to a larger audience? invites applications for a €4000 bursary to produce a short film, audio documentary or publication about an arts and health project. Applications are invited from artists working in healthcare settings, healthcare professionals, arts and health organisations/partnerships and others working in the field of arts and health. The closing date for applications is Friday, 6 May 2016.

This bursary is funded by the Arts Council and the Cork Arts and Health Programme, HSE South, via

An information meeting for those interested in applying will take place on Thursday, 10 March at 3.30pm in the Boardroom of the HSE’s Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme building, 4th Floor, 89 – 94 Capel Street, Dublin 1. Please email to confirm that you will attend.

Previous bursary winners have had their films shortlisted for the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards, screened in competition at the Galway Film Fleadh and broadcast on RTE.

… the Cloudlands documentary [gave] the teenagers in [Temple Street Children’s University Hospital] a platform from which to tell their story … it really validated the work that the teenagers were creating.’
– Rachel Tynan, Artist in Residence on Helium Arts’ Cloudlands Project (2014 bursary winner).

By completing the film to such a high standard, I felt empowered to develop and promote what it is I do in a health context. After the film was released I went on to develop a programme for the private care sector called Art Room. Since then I have recruited two other care settings which resulted in an exhibition during the Bealtaine festival 2015.’
– Tom Meskell, Arts Facilitator, Sacred Heart Arts Programme, Castlebar, Co. Mayo (2013 bursary winner).


Given the nature of arts and health practice, particularly around the confidentiality of health service users, much of it happens behind closed doors and there are challenges in terms of making the process and outcomes of this work public.

This documentation bursary therefore aims to:

  • Showcase arts and health practice to a national audience
  • Raise awareness around the impact of arts and health practice
  • Inspire artists, healthcare staff and service users involved in arts and health projects

A resource pack, offering guidelines in terms of ethically documenting practice through a range of media, is available on here. Other useful resources regarding documentation are available on such as the Arts Council’s guidelines for taking and using images of children and young people in the arts sector.

This is the third Documentation Bursary made available by In 2013, artist Tom Meskell and filmmaker Róisín Loughrey were awarded a bursary to document through film the Sacred Heart Arts Programme at SacredHeartHospitalin Castlebar, Co. Mayo which is facilitated by Tom. The resulting documentary, The Room, is available to view on

In 2014, Helium Arts, the children’s arts and health organization, and filmmaker Siobhan Perry were awarded a bursary to document the Cloudlands project in Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. The Cloudlands documentary is available to view here:

A bursary of €4000 will be made available to the successful applicant for the production of a film / audio documentary and / or publication about an arts and health project.

Eligibility Criteria
Anyone responsible for delivering/co-delivering an arts and health project in the Republicof Ireland, in keeping with’s definition of arts and health, may apply (see

Who can not apply?
Projects managed directly by WHAT (Waterford Healing Arts Trust, content managers of cannot apply.

Criteria for selection

  • Quality of the arts and health project
  • Documentation that gives an insight into the creative process and outcomes of the project
  • Documentation that will appeal to a range of audiences
  • Evidence of good planning, sufficient funding and strong partnerships to support the project
  • Clarity of proposal
  • Track record of lead documenter
  • Track record of artist(s) / arts and health practitioner(s) in terms of arts and health

Preference will be given to projects / programmes that have not previously been and would not otherwise be documented.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is Friday, 6 May 2016. Applicants will be notified of decisions by 3 June 2016. It is expected that the final documentation will be completed and submitted to by 31 March 2017.

Application Procedure

Please complete the application form and submit with:

  • CV(s) of artist(s) / arts and health practitioner(s)
  • CV(s) of lead documenter(s)
  • Up to five captioned photographic images of project and / or examples of previous, relevant work of lead artist(s) / arts and health practitioner(s). Website links are acceptable.
  • Examples of previous, relevant work of lead documenter(s). Website links are acceptable.
  • Support letter(s) from partner(s)

Submissions should be sent by email to by Friday, 6 May at 12 noon.  

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