Wednesday 26 October




Online - Zoom Webinar



Learn about the practicalities of developing and delivering arts initiatives in acute and community mental health settings in partnership with artists and arts professionals.

This webinar is taking place as part of Expanding Arts in Healthcare, a national programme of networking and professional development supports for healthcare professionals, and complementary initiatives that cultivate and support the arts, health and wellbeing ecosystem in Ireland.

The programme is supported by the HSE, the Arts Council, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (Creative Ireland Programme) and the Department of Health (Healthy Ireland Programme), and led by Waterford Healing Arts Trust /

Reasons to join this webinar: 

  • Practical guidance on developing and delivering suitable arts activities for service users
  • Advice on sourcing funding, making projects work on a small budget, accessing artists
  • Variety of arts approaches covered: setting up and engaging creative groups, enhancing mental health settings with art, receptive arts (e.g. music performances)
  • Learn about the practicalities: MDT approach, health and safety, pandemic delivery
  • Inspiring examples of arts projects in mental health settings across Ireland


  • Paul Phelan, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Waterford
  • Eileen Byrne, Senior Occupational Therapist, Waterford Mental Health Services
  • Claire Meaney, Director, Waterford Healing Arts Trust
  • Aisling Kennedy, Programme Manager, Iontas Arts and Mental Health Programme

Who is this webinar for?
Healthcare managers and frontline staff working in acute and community mental health settings who are involved or interested in developing and delivering arts initiatives with artists and arts professionals.

Register here:

Contact details
Emma Eager, Project Co-ordinator, Expanding Arts in Healthcare, Waterford Healing Arts Trust:

Feature image credit: Iontas Arts and Mental Health Programme, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Waterford: Paul Phelan, CNS, Lani O’Hanlon, Creative Writing Facilitator, Judith Murphy, CNM. Photo credit: Maeve Butler.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Iontas Arts and Mental Health Programme.


Paul Phelan is a Clinical Nurse Specialist who works within the Recreational and Recovery Services in the Department of Psychiatry at University Hospital Waterford. Paul has over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of mental health settings. Within his current role, he schedules and co-facilitates creative groups alongside artists and musicians from Waterford Healing Arts Trust as part of the Iontas Arts & Mental Health Programme. Paul is an Iontas committee member and is actively involved in promoting and shaping its future development within Waterford / Wexford Mental Health Services.

Eileen Byrne is a senior occupational therapist working with Waterford Mental Health Services since 2015. She qualified as an occupational therapist from Trinity College Dublin in 2007 and has worked in the area of adult mental health in Dublin, Wexford and more recently Waterford city. Eileen is a founding member of the Waterford WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Network. She has a strong interest in promoting wellness and recovery initiatives, and in exploring and supporting recovery through creative mediums.

Claire Meaney is the Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust. She has over 13 years’ experience of working in the field of arts and health as an arts manager and an artist. She was Project Manager of the national resource website during its development in 2011 up until 2016. Claire has a strong interest in the area of arts and mental health and project managed the Iontas Arts & Mental Health Programme between 2014 and 2021.

Aisling Kennedy is Project Co-ordinator with Waterford Healing Arts Trust, managing the Iontas Arts & Mental Health programme, the exhibitions programme and the UHW Art Collection. Aisling previously worked with the Arts in Health team at Children’s Health Ireland. She recently completed an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at University College Dublin. Aisling is AXELOS Global Best Practice qualified in project management and has a BA in English Literature and Art History.


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