Image shown courtesy of Waterford Healing Arts Trust. Photo credit: Hugh O'Brien Moran.

An Introduction to Arts and Health, a one-day national workshop, takes place at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) on Friday 10 November 2017.  This day-long programme, featuring presentations by some of the leading figures working in arts and health in Ireland, is for healthcare professionals, arts practitioners and anyone interested in learning more about this exciting field. 

An Introduction to Arts and Health is organised by via Waterford Healing Arts Trust and is supported by the Arts Committee at UHL and the Arts Office of Limerick City and County Council.

Participants will be introduced to some of the practicalities of arts and health work: the principles of good practice, the importance of a partnership approach and how to set up an arts and health project. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the benefits and challenges of working in this field, and to learn about the Arts and Health Research Cluster, based at University of Limerick (UL), involving researchers from UL, Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD).

The line-up of guest speakers who will share their extensive experience includes:

  • Mary Grehan, Arts in Health Curator with the Children’s Hospital Group
  • Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust
  • Ceara Conway, artist-in-residence at Ormston House Cultural Centre and Limerick Arts Office, and Arts and Disability Co-ordinator for Clare County Arts Office
  • Dr Roisin Cahalan, lecturer in Physiotherapy and Course Director of the Structured Masters in Research at the faculty of Education and Health Sciences at UL.

The fee for the full day, including lunch and a copy of An Introduction to Arts & Health: 10 Things to Consider, by Mary Grehan, is €25.

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We look forward to welcoming the Waterford Healing Arts Trust workshop ‘Introduction to Arts and Health’ to University Hospital Limerick in November.  The Arts Committee at UL Hospitals Group very much recognises that art, in its various guises, can play a significant role in enriching the lives of our patients and staff.  The aim of our Committee, therefore, is to help develop that interface between arts and healthcare within our Group and to provide access for our patients and staff to art and design within our hospitals‘ – Dr Mark Skehan, incoming Chair of the Arts Committee at UL Hospitals Group said

This comes at an opportune time for Limerick as it coincides with Healthy Limerick, an initiative which sets out to ensure that wellbeing is supported by working together, and the Limerick Culture and Creativity plan as part of Creative Ireland, which is designed to promote individual and community wellbeing. The practical nature of this one day workshop offers a vital support to practitioners in Limerick.’ – Sheila Deegan, Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council

Additional information:
Arts and health programmes comprise a range of arts experiences, presented in healthcare settings, for the benefit of health service users, healthcare staff and artists.  This expanding field of work fosters creativity, wellbeing and access to the arts and is based on partnership between the artists, arts organisations and those working in healthcare and/or the wider community. Further information about all aspects of arts and health work, including case studies, is available on


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