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Arts Participation

For Healthcare Professionals

This accredited QQI level 5 course for healthcare professionals, sets out to give participants the chance to explore and develop art making with the aim of building the confidence and expertise to work on contemporary arts projects with artists, within health care settings. Participants experiment with a wide range of materials and ways of working to produce creative work, while thinking about the particular needs of care groups. Those participating work on all aspects of the art making process, from gathering first ideas through to how to best exhibit work.

In the video above, Mary O’Shaughnessy made ‘Small Chair’ with her father, as part of a brief to illustrate an aspect of mental or physical health using a chair. ‘Small Chair’ celebrates the relationship between father and daughter and the benefits of family as source of emotional support.

The course ran for five years from 2014 to 2019 years, taking place in Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Bantry and Dunmanway. It was delivered in the evenings over sixteen weeks with weekly, three hour sessions. The course is not currently running and will hopefully recommence when it is safe and appropriate to take place. To register your interest for the next course please contact

About the Facilitator

Delivered by Toma McCullim with visits from an Art for Health guest artists and Programme Manager.