Reading between the Lines by Mary Grehan, Arts in Health Curator and Writer, is a reflective report documenting a learning event for artists called ‘Experience: An Introduction to Arts, Health and Older People’. The three day event took place online 7th – 8th December 2021 and was hosted by Age & Opportunity, WHAT and the Arts For Health Partnership Programme of Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, who also commissioned the report.
Shared for the first time today, the report contains a summation of the main themes and ideas that emerged over the first two days of ‘Experience: An Introduction to Arts, Health and Older People’ programme. The third day was a peer learning space for the participants to network and reflect.
Mary Grehan – The report surmises my observations and reflections from the event and outlines recommendations for future learning programmes of this nature. These are filtered not only through my own experience of working with older people over the years, but also of being an Irish woman who, like all of us, is growing older.
Mary Grehan is Arts in Health Curator at the Children’s Hospital Group in Dublin. She has been curating arts projects in healthcare settings since 1994. A graduate of National College of Art and Design, she has published widely in the field of arts in health and her debut novel ‘Love is the Easy Bit’ was published by Penguin Ireland in 2013. She divides her time between Dublin and Waterford, Ireland.
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