Vital Signs: Points of View: Arts & Health in Context

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McAuliffe M, Meehan P, O'Carroll A, Scanlon E

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Arts Council of Ireland

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A series of opinion pieces about arts and health practice commissioned as part of the Vital Signs conference in Dublin. It was an Arts Council initiative delivered in partnership with Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.

Points of View was commissioned as part of Vital Signs – a programme of arts and health events, which took place in October 2009. The programme involved three complementary strands. The first was a national conference, which was attended by 180 delegates from across all areas of the arts and health sector. These included health professionals, artists and a wide range of local and national arts providers, as well as personnel from both the Arts Council and the HSE.

The second strand was an exhibition of arts and health work drawn from artists, groups and healthcare settings from around the country. The exhibition took place in a range of settings in Dublin 8 including; the National College of Art and Design Gallery, Foleys Pharmacy, St. James’s Hospital, St. Patrick’s University Hospital and Dr Steevens’ Hospital.

The third strand involved the commissioning of Points of View, a series of opinion pieces by: Paula Meehan, Poet; Dr Austin O’Carroll, General Practitioner; Emmett Scanlon, Architect; and Mary McAuliffe, Arts Officer. Each contributor was invited to describe their varied experiences and perspectives on arts and health.

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

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APA Citation:

Meehan,P.,O'Carroll, A., Scanlon, E., McAuliffe.M. (2009). Vital Signs: Points of View: Arts & Health in Context. Arts Council of Ireland.