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Sarah Ruttle
Arts for Health West Cork

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

Tyrone born visual artist Sarah is a graduate of Textiles 2002 from DJCAD Dundee, Scotland. Working across disciplines she works using textiles, print and illustration. Collaboration is central to her participatory practice, developing projects both with other artists and participants within an Arts and Health context. It is important to Sarah to portray a participants voice with honesty and integrity in and through collaborative opportunities. Sarah builds creative connections through a combination of making and storytelling, while using a multi-sensory approach.

Sarah has received awards from Create and Cork County Council supporting collaborative and participatory projects, which include a research project ‘Consent, Confidentiality and Decision Making in Arts and Health Participatory Practice’ during 2014, supported by the Arts Council’s Arts Participation Bursary Award. During 2019 as part of Sarah’s reflective practice undertook a residency ‘Fragments’ with arts and health artists Charlotte Donovan (West Cork), Marielle MacLeman (Galway), and Kirsty Stansfield (Glasgow). Taking time to focus on critical reflection with peers, using dialogue, making and writing to explore participative and collaborative methodologies in Arts and Health.

Sarah co-curates ‘Imagination in Focus’ with artist Rebecca Keyser. A rotating collection of artwork on exhibition in the Centre for Mental Health Care and Recovery in Bantry General Hospital as part of her work for West Cork Mental Health Services.

Sarah is an Arts Educator for ‘In the Picture’ Uillinn’s Dementia friendly gallery programme. While her practice includes working within Early Years Arts through Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre’s ‘Discovery Box’ and ‘Curiosity Project’.

‘I aim to take into consideration a participants own specific interests and needs as they engage in a project. Having the opportunity to work collaboratively with Arts for Health participants and staff means as an artist I can contribute to creative conversations through sharing stories and making, bringing creative connections to another level’

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