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Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), and Emma Eager, Project Co-ordinator of, the national website for arts and health, will talk about arts and health practice in Ireland as part of SMART Talks in The MART Gallery, Dublin on Thursday 7 February 2019. 

This free lunchtime talk will give an overview of the field and models of practice, including the work of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, together with an exploration of entry points and supports for creative practitioners. There will be a Q&A following the talk.

SMART Talks is a new series of professional development presentations and workshops, providing a platform for artists and the creative community to engage with a curated selection of creative agencies, councils, artistic supports, professional creative practices, and funding providers. There will also be a space for wider discussions of issues such as arts & mental health, wellbeing, diversity and accessibility in the arts.

By providing these talks in The MART Gallery, Dublin – alongside our gallery programme and studio network – we hope to foster an environment where creativity can flourish as a professional career, where new practices can establish themselves, and where artists and creatives have the space to engage critically with contemporary issues.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is Ireland’s leading arts and health organisation. Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings. WHAT believes that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity. WHAT also supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website

Event Information
Location: The MART Gallery, 190 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6
Date: Thursday, 7 February 2019
Time: 1-2pm
Free, booking required

For further information on SMART Talks visit


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