Experience: Sarah Cairns

Sarah Cairns, Activities Director, Bantry General Hospital. Photo credit: Kevin O’Farrell.

Reading between the lines is a reflective report by Mary Grehan documenting a learning programme for artists called ‘Experience: An Introduction to Arts, Health and Older People’.

This three-day online learning programme took place in December 2021 and was aimed at professional arts practitioners with experience in participatory arts work in a health and/or community context. Experience was hosted by Age & Opportunity, Waterford Healing Arts Trust and the Arts For Health Partnership Programme of Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, and funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.

The report contains a summation of the main themes and ideas that emerged over the first two days and includes recommendations for future programmes.

Mary Grehan is Arts in Health Curator at the Children’s Hospital Group in Dublin. She has been curating arts projects in healthcare settings since 1994. A graduate of National College of Art and Design, she has published widely in the field of arts in health and her debut novel ‘Love is the Easy Bit’ was published by Penguin Ireland in 2013. She divides her time between Dublin and Waterford, Ireland.

Mary Grehan

Age & Opportunity, Arts for Health Partnership West Cork, Waterford Healing Arts Trust


Artist, dementia, Older people, Professional Development

Participatory arts



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