Image shown: Arts + Health Check Up Check In 2017

Building Momentum is the theme for this year’s Arts + Health Check Up Check In, our annual gathering for healthcare professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more about this dynamic field of practice. Taking place over two days at Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, the main event on 26 April will feature a keynote address by award-winning director and writer, Professor Anna Furse, FRSA, and presentations by some of the most innovative and creative practitioners working in arts and health in Ireland today. A workshop with Anna Furse and arts + health advice clinics will take place on 27 April.

Check Up Check In 2018 is an initiative of / Waterford Healing Arts Trust and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, with local partners Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Health & Wellbeing and Niche Community Health Project. The event is funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.

What’s happening
Check Up Check In promotes solidarity among arts and health practitioners and this year’s event provides opportunities for participants to share their experiences, exchange ideas and support and inspire each other in their practice through a range of themed presentations, including:
What’s My Practice? A series of workshops looking at a wide range of methodologies employed in socially engaged arts and health practice
Sticking Points: What to do when you get stuck Artists and healthcare professionals share challenges they have faced in their work and look for solutions to overcome them
Arts and Health in the Workplace Case studies of arts and health projects where participants are healthcare professionals
The Second Hand of the Clock A documentary film featuring the Dialysis Arts Programme at Merlin Park University Hospital, Galway, managed by Galway University Hospital Arts Trust

Looking to the national picture, reflecting the growth and development of arts and health in Ireland in recent years, participants will also have the opportunity to learn about plans to develop a framework for strategic partnership between the Arts Council and the HSE, the national statutory bodies with responsibility for the arts and health respectively.

Performance in the Medical Gaze
In her keynote address, Performance in the Medical Gaze, Prof. Anna Furse will introduce ways in which she has worked in medical environments and with medical professionals to develop performance projects which have focused on the ‘body spectacular’ through representation of the body from Renaissance Anatomical Art to Imaging Technologies. She will further share her knowledge of theatre, writing, medical humanities and interdisciplinary collaborations at a special workshop the following day, Friday 27 April. Entitled Interiority, this workshop will introduce aspects of Prof. Furse’s research towards her digital artwork I’m Not a Piece of Meat in order to reflect on how culture and medicine are braided historically. Read Anna’s perspective ‘Spectacular Body’ commissioned by

The programme can be accessed here:

Booking Information
Tickets for the main event on Thursday 26 April cost €20 (including lunch):

Tickets for Interiority, the workshop with Prof Anna Furse on Friday 27 April cost €15 and must be booked separately:

For further information, please contact Waterford Healing Arts Trust:
(051) 842664 /


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