Visual socially engaged artist Catarina Araújo designed her first arts and health project, Cocooning: Catch a Breath, with mental health professionals in Cork to explore their experiences of Covid-19. The need for time and space to pause, to take stock, reverberated throughout the project and has informed Catarina’s reflection, funded by the artsandhealth.ie emerging artist bursary 2023.
The bursary afforded Catarina an opportunity to embark on a fresh phase of self-discovery as an artist. The time would become a time for play, for reading, for making new connections. She considers what she has learnt from the project and how the cocoon model might evolve to embrace other communities.
Arts and health, healthcare staff, Mental Health, Socially engaged practice