AN INTRODUCTION TO ARTS AND HEALTH // 10 THINGS TO CONSIDER is an arts and health resource document written by Mary Grehan and published by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) in 2016. The publication, which has previously only been available in print version, is now available online. 

The publication is designed for healthcare professionals, artists and others who want to learn more about arts and health practice and may be at the early stages of planning an arts and health project. It is also of use to those who have been working in this field for some time and want to reflect on their practice.

10 THINGS comes in two parts. The first part introduces the reader to the core principles and scope of arts and health practice. The second part presents ten things for practitioners to consider when embarking on participatory and collaborative arts programmes and / or environmental enhancement initiatives in healthcare settings.

About the author
Mary Grehan is the Arts in Health Curator for Children’s Health Ireland. Previously she was Director of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Director of Tallaght Community Arts Centre and Curator of the National Maternity Hospital’s Centenary Arts Programme. Her Masters research was a comparative study between hospitals and galleries as sites for viewing art called Mind Where You Look. She has published widely in the field of arts in health and her debut novel was published by Penguin Ireland.

AN INTRODUCTION TO ARTS AND HEALTH // 10 THINGS TO CONSIDER was produced with financial support from the Arts Council.

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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 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 supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website 


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