Good practices

ArtsandHealth.ie

artsandhealth.ie is a national arts and health website developed by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts. The development phase of the website was funded by the Arts Council and the website is currently funded by the Arts Council and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The website provides a resource and focal point for the field of arts and health in Ireland via information, support, advice and news, and generates discussion between artists, arts organisations, health service users, carers, healthcare professionals and others interested in the dynamic area of arts and health.

The website hosts a bank of research and evaluation reports, articles, policies and strategies, guidelines for best practice, website links and documentation of practical use to people working in the field of arts and health.

 

   
 

Year(s): 2011-present

Target group(s): Arts and health practice takes place in a range of healthcare settings including but not restricted to hospitals, residential units, daycare centres, hospices, primary care-centres and community based health care settings. It can engage health service use

Website or other online channels: www.artsandhealth.ie

Methodology

Arts and health is not limited to any particular artform. It can include interdisciplinary practice, or any of the artforms, or their related genres, as recognised by the Arts Act 2003 – visual arts, theatre, architecture, film, music, literature, circus, spectacle and dance.

In their Arts and Health Policy and Strategy, The Arts Council distinguished arts and health from related practices as follows:

Arts Therapies – There is a clear distinction between arts and health practice, where a key goal is the experience and production of art, and the arts therapies, where the primary goal is clinical.

Arts and Disability – Arts and health incorporate both artistic and health aims, whereas arts and disability is focused exclusively on the engagement and involvement of people with disabilities.

Other related practices – Arts and health can cross over with any number of other arts practices such as: community- based arts; arts and medical humanities; and arts and science.  In addition, an individual artist may choose to explore health themes or content in their work. The degree to which these practices are described as arts and health will depend on the extent to which they incorporate the characteristics described above.

Type of product

Online resource Video clips / Films

Brief description of the outcomes

Artsandhealth.ie host a bank of research and evaluation reports, articles, policies and strategies, guidelines for best practice, website links and documentation of practical use to people working in the field of arts and health

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

The website provides a resource via information, support, advice and news, ensuring access to up-to-date resources. 

A key part of the site showcases case studies; examples of diverse arts and health projects which are characterised by clear artistic vision, goals and outcomes, and are delivered by professional artists. The diversity of artforms, contexts, partnerships and structures gives an insight into the full range of arts and health practice.

Additionally, the online directory contains information on arts and health programmes and/or key contacts who can direct users towards relevant projects in their area at a national level throughout Ireland. 

 

The resource section contains a bank of research and evaluation reports, articlesm policies and strategies, guidelines for best practice, website links and docuementation of practical use to people working in the field of arts and health.

Promoter of the initiative: Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality

Country: Ireland

Languages available: English

Website or other online channels: www.artsandhealth.ie

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