The arts for health artists team went on an investigative outing to meet peers at the annual Check Up Check In, arts and health conference, held Thursday 11 April at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford. The programme featured a keynote address by hospice director, arts advocate, music therapist and author Nigel Hartley, and an array of presenters on the theme of Promoting Autonomy.
Arts for Health artists Tess Leak and Arts for Health Dementia Advisor Sarah Cairns were part of the programme sharing their project from Bantry General Hospital, Stories from the Well Field. Justine Foster, Programme Manager of the Arts for Health Partnership Programme was with Arts and Health Co-ordinators Ireland colleagues presenting a manifesto for Arts and Health in Ireland.
Check Up Check In is an annual event open to healthcare professionals, arts practitioners and anyone interested in learning more about this exciting field. Check Up Check In 2019 is organised by www.artsandhealth.ie/ Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, with local partners Further details from www.artsandhealth.ie / 051 842664.
Image by KCurrams, courtesy of Waterford Healing Arts Trust