Mapping Arts and Health Activity in Ireland in 2019

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Arts + Health Co-ordinators Ireland

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Arts + Health Co-ordinators Ireland

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A mapping exercise, commissioned by Arts and Health Co-ordinators Ireland (AHCI), to measure the level and nature of active service provision in the field of Arts and Health in the Republic of Ireland in 2019.

Findings indicate that there has been a six-fold increase in the provision of Arts and Health initiatives from the previous mapping period (1987-2001) to 2019. Visual arts continues to be the most frequent artform (60% of programmes), while local authorities have replaced the HSE as the most frequent programme funder. Compared to the previous period, a higher percentage of programmes in 2019 had multiple contexts (11% vs. 65%), locations (4% vs. 20%) and beneficiaries (21% vs. 70%). Involvement of arts personnel has remained stable (>97%), while involvement of healthcare staff appeared to have decreased (83% to 51%). More information on

Arts + Health Co-ordinators Ireland (AHCI) is a voluntary network of professionals who manage Arts and Health initiatives in Ireland. AHCI aims to build capacity and maximise resources for its membership throughout Ireland. http://Arts + Health Co-ordinators Ireland

Evidence Type: Survey

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

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Arts + Health Co-ordinators Ireland (2021). Mapping Arts and Health Activity in Ireland in 2019. Cork: Arts + Health Co-ordinators Ireland.