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Sarah Ruttle
Arts for Health West Cork

Resident at Clonakilty and Schull Community Hospitals , 2008 – 2010, 2012 – Present.

Tyrone born and West Cork based visual artist Sarah Ruttle is a graduate of Textiles 2002 from DJCAD Dundee, Scotland. Sarah’s own work has recently been created using paper cutting, print and drawing techniques developing large-scale art installations, from the inspiration of pattern in lived lives. During 2016 Sarah developed ‘Parachute in the Purse’ a collaborative project supported by Cork County Council’s ‘Ireland 2016’ Initiative and 2015 exhibiting ‘Unfolding’, a site – specific solo show from an Artist Residency in Uillinn; West Cork Arts Centre. Sarah has developed a strong participatory arts practice with an emphasis on collaboration. She has received awards from Create and Cork County Council supporting collaborative and participatory projects, including a research project (2014) within an Arts and Health context supported by the Arts Council.

Sarah is an arts educator on the ‘In the Picture’ a Dementia friendly gallery programme, working with her interest in engaging people living with dementia through art using a multi sensory approach and has been a mentoring artist for the Arts for Health Placement programme. She is also an artist creator for West Cork Arts Centre’s ‘Discovery Box’ a gallery resource for parents and carers to use with their young children in the gallery to encourage engagement with the artwork, while also working for West Cork Mental Health Services and Cork ETB.

Sarah’s approach aims to create a space where a group of participants can be engaged with a project suiting their specific needs. Using conversation and storytelling to develop a projects progress while considering the senses to engage participants at different levels.

Collaboration is central to my practice, as an artist you get the opportunity to contribute to an innovative and creative conversation. Sharing stories, experiences, ideas and vision with another artist and/or participant brings the creative connection to another level.Working collaboratively and creatively through this inspiring way of working in an Arts and Health context the participant’s voice can be portrayed with honesty and integrity.