Arts for Health, Creative Carers programme 2022. Photo credit: Sarah Ruttle.

In 2022, the Arts for Health Partnership developed and delivered Creative Carers, a participatory arts programme strand for and with carers in West Cork. The programme is delivered by professional artists from various disciplines, and takes place at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre and other locations in West Cork, working in partnership with community, voluntary, and/or statutory organisations.

As Creative Carers began, the administrative and artists team sought to understand the needs of family carers and ensure the creation of a programme that met those needs through consultation with carers, arts and health professionals, development workers, and healthcare professionals.

The final programme includes: Creative Carers at Uillinn, In the Picture, Creative Carers at Home, and Community Outreach.

All activities were provided free of charge, materials included and no experience was required to participate. Arts for Health artists Sarah Ruttle and Justin Grounds were the facilitators of the programme in 2022. Sarah Ruttle is a visual artist creating work using illustration, print and paper art. Justin Grounds is a violinist, composer, and electronic music producer.

The 2022 evaluation report explores the research and development phase, programme strands and delivery, and quantitative and qualitative outcomes.

Arts for Health Partnership West Cork


Community Health, Older people, Social Health

Music, Visual Art


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