Our second Arts for Health podcast episode, explores how we seek to strike the balance between the essential clinical environment of a healthcare setting and the unpredictability of the creative process? Presenter, Liz Clark looks at the collaborative approaches between the artists, healthcare professionals and the participants to ensure a safe space for creativity and the importance of the long term relationships through the partnership, building of trust between artists and healthcare staff over time and training for the artists in these specialised settings.
Episode 2 features, an interview with West Cork based artists, Michael Greenlaw, who was commissioned to create a site specific mural on the entrance wall for the newly built Unit at Bantry, St. Joseph’s Care of the Elderly. Michael Greenlaw, is an artist with extensive experience in mural and public art work. ‘Public Art work, in particlar murals are notoriously challenging and Michaels process of engaging all the staff, residents and visitors in conversation throughout enabled an artwork that was both visually pleasing for all who visit and meaningful to the residents. The interview by Liz Clark, gives an insight into the artists’ process over the four months working on site with the residents other artists’ Justine Foster, Arts for Health Manager.
The episode also features, Mary Willis from Skibbereen Day Care Centre, an early champion of arts and health in West Cork, with their first project back in 1999, also Day Care Coodinator, Dunmanway- Anita O’Donovan conversing with visual artist- Anne Harrington Rees who have worked together on projects for over ten years.
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