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In Conversation

In Conversation with Kevin O’Shanahan: Creativity and Mental Health

Date posted: 22 April 2019

Image shown: Kevin O'Shanahan

As part of our ongoing ‘In Conversation’ series, we met with Kevin O’Shanahan, a Nurse Specialist in Mental Health and the Arts with Cork Mental Health Services, working within the HSE’s Cork/Kerry Community Healthcare Organisation. Kevin spoke to us about his background as a musician working in health settings, the importance of having a dedicated wellbeing hub (49 North Street) serving communities in West Cork, and the shift in mental healthcare towards a model receptive to the role of creative expression in supporting recovery.   Read More

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In Conversation with Declan McCarthy: Creativity and Mental Health

Date posted: 7 November 2018

Image shown: 49 North Street © Cork Mental Health Services.

There is increasing recognition within the Irish mental health sector of the role that the arts and creativity can play in supporting a person’s recovery journey. To find out what’s happening on the ground, artsandhealth.ie travelled to Skibbereen, home to 49 North Street, a dedicated creativity and wellness space serving communities in West Cork which was launched by Cork Mental Health Services in 2017. Read More

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In Conversation with Marie Denham: Illustrator, Puppeteer and Nurse

Date posted: 4 December 2017

Image shown: Marie Denham

For the last of our current In Conversation series with professionals who have a dual practice as artists and healthcare practitioners, we met up with Marie Denham at her work space in A4 Sounds.  Read More

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In Conversation with Ciara McMahon: Visual Artist and GP

Date posted: 9 November 2017

Image shown: Ciara McMahon (foreground). Time donation, installation shot of Liminality, participatory installation, NCAD gallery, 2010. Photo credit: Susan Walsh.

In the second of our In Conversation series celebrating Arts and Health Month this November, artsandhealth.ie talks to Ciara McMahon, a visual artist and GP based in Dublin, about the ways in which her medical and art practices inform each other and the impetus behind the deAppendix cultural space co-located with her general practice.  Read More

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In Conversation with Mary Clancy: Visual Artist and Dentist

Date posted: 1 November 2017

Image shown: Mary Clancy. Courtesy of the artist.

To celebrate Arts and Health Month this November, artsandhealth.ie is pleased to present our inaugural In Conversation series. We are talking to professionals who have a dual practice as artists and healthcare practitioners. What inspires them in their work? How have their practices influenced each other? What do they feel the health sciences can learn from the arts and the arts from the health sciences? In the first of the series, artsandhealth.ie met with Mary Clancy, a visual artist and dentist based in Cork.  Read More

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