Puppet Portal Project: Examining Puppetry and Technology Located Across Four Hospital Environments within the Arts and Health Context


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
SpiralOrchard

Year of Publication:
2011

Publisher(s):
Helium arts and health company

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This evaluation presents the Puppet Portal project, which sought to innovatively merge art, health and technology to facilitate children in hospital in creating interactive puppetry performances. Helium arts and health company engaged four artists in four hospitals in Ireland. The artists worked with approximately 450 children across the four hospitals, providing puppetry sessions and related activity for young patients on one day a week for 20 weeks.

The artists used Áit Eile (www.aiteile.ie), an on-line community for children in hospital developed by researchers at the Centre for Health Informatics in Trinity College, Dublin, to help the children in the four locations to share their puppetry, and to engage socially with each other. This use of puppetry and multimedia technology aimed to reduce the child’s sense of isolation while developing and nurturing their imagination and creativity.

The project was evaluated based on 292 completed questionnaires, on-site observations and other creative ways of gathering data devised by the artists to facilitate the children. The report presents a range of positive findings and introduces the next phase of the project.



Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Hospital

Participant Group: Children (0-15)

Art Forms: Drama

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

SpiralOrchard (2011). Puppet Portal Project: Examining Puppetry and Technology Located Across Four Hospital Environments within the Arts and Health Context. Ireland: SpiralOrchard.