Arts + Health: Check Up Check In 2020

Booking open for 23 April 2020 
Artsandhealth.ie has just announced the programme for Arts + Health Check Up Check In 2020.  Themed Taking Risks, this leading national arts and health event will feature a keynote address by artistic director, contemporary dance choreographer and healthcare professional Dr Jenny Elliott, and presentations by some of the most innovative and creative practitioners working in arts and health in Ireland today.  Check Up Check In 2020 takes place on Thursday 23 April at Draíocht in Blanchardstown, Dublin, and is open to healthcare professionals, arts practitioners and anyone interested in learning more about this exciting field.  Check Up Check In 2020 is organised by www.artsandhealth.ie/ Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, with local partners Fingal County Council Arts Office and Draíocht, and is funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.  Further details and booking information from www.artsandhealth.ie / 051 842664.  The fee for the full day, including lunch, is €30.

Responding to the event theme Taking Risks, presentations will explore the notion of ‘risk’ for artists compared to healthcare professionals, and the challenge of creating innovative, exciting and inspiring art within the specific context of a health setting.  In her keynote address, Dr Jenny Elliott considers the necessity for artists who practice in healthcare contexts to push boundaries and to engage in experimentation.  Through philosophical consideration and examples from professional practice, she will trace the benefits of risk taking and the deep impact of the arts on wellbeing, reducing practice fatigue among artists and nurses in clinical settings and inducing change in healthcare cultures.  Jenny will further share her vast experience and offer practical advice for negotiating the challenges of working in arts and health in a workshop setting later in the day.

Check Up Check In promotes solidarity among arts and health practitioners.  This national event provides opportunities for participants to share their experiences, exchange ideas and support and inspire each other in their practice through a range of themed presentations, including:
What’s My Practice? – A series of workshops examining methodologies employed in collaborative/ participatory arts and health practice, involving a range of artforms;
Sticking Points: What to do when you get stuck – Artists and healthcare professionals share challenges they have faced in their work and look for solutions to overcome them;
Other People’s Practices: Dealing with the reality – A conversation with artist John Conway, about an innovative artist residency and research project at Usher’s Island, a National Forensic Mental Health Service community centre;
Take a chance on me: Public Art and Risk – Art curators, artists and healthcare professionals share their experiences of navigating the commissioning process in the healthcare context.

The following day, Friday 24 April, artist Marielle MacLeman will host a workshop entitled Trust, Risk, Recover – The Scope of Navigation, where she will explore the complexities and interplay of trust and risk through the creative and administrative processes of arts and health practice.  Open to all those involved in the delivery of arts and health projects, participants will be invited to consider negotiation and the vulnerabilities of all stakeholders – patient, artist and supporting staff – and how outcomes, personal resilience and relationships are recovered when things don’t go to plan.  The workshop will also include an online contribution from Glasgow-based performance artist Steven Anderson, and will take place at Draíocht, Blanchardstown, with support from Create.

The team from artsandhealth.ie and Waterford Healing Arts Trust will also host advice clinics for anyone working in the area of arts and health on Friday 24 April.  The clinics will take place at Draíocht and are free of charge but must be booked in advance by contacting what@hse.ie

Announcing details of Arts and Health: Check Up Check In 2020, Claire Meaney, Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, which manages artsandhealth.ie said “We are very excited to announce the programme for our fifth annual Arts and Health: Check Up Check In.  Having brought the event to Sligo, Cork and Waterford in recent years, we are looking forward to returning to Dublin and to being in Draíocht in Blanchardstown for the first time.  Our theme this year, Taking Risks, emerged from the many conversations we have as artists and healthcare professionals around language and meaning in the two very different worlds of art and health.  Risk might suggest danger, but it can also suggest possibility, opportunity and potential.  How do we negotiate and reconcile these connotations in our daily work?  We’re really looking forward to hearing what our dynamic keynote speaker, Dr Jenny Elliott, has to say and we believe that our many other presentations on the day will inspire, challenge and support artists and healthcare professionals to identify ways to push their creative boundaries.  Along with our partners, Create, we’re also really pleased to welcome artist Marielle MacLeman, whose workshop the following day will expand on this theme and explore ways for arts and health practitioners to navigate the trust-risk relationship in their practice”.

Arts and health programmes comprise a range of arts experiences, presented in healthcare settings, for the benefit of health service users, healthcare staff and artists.  This expanding field of work fosters creativity, wellbeing and access to the arts and is based on partnership between the artists, arts organisations and those working in healthcare and/or the wider community.   Further information about all aspects of arts and health work, including case studies, is available on www.artsandhealth.ie

Additional info:
About Dr Jenny Elliott
Dr Jenny Elliott has worked in arts in health development locally and internationally for over 25 years as a contemporary dance choreographer, dancer in residence, healthcare professional, artistic director, lecturer and researcher.  As Artistic Director of Arts Care, she has developed models of health and wellbeing which engage service users and healthcare staff in bespoke dance programmes, in addition to many other arts in health initiatives.  The author of several articles and reports on arts and health, Jenny also contributes to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, health and Wellbeing, Westminster.

About Check Up Check In partners
– Waterford Healing Arts Trust
(WHAT) brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford and other healthcare settings.  WHAT supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website www.artsandhealth.ie
– Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts, providing support services and opportunities to artists and arts organisations working collaboratively with communities in social and community contexts.  These include professional development, mentoring, project development support, commissioning and project opportunities as well as research and training. www.create-ireland.ie
– Draíocht is a vibrant and thriving venue for the arts and entertainment in the heart of Blanchardstown, Dublin.  Through its diverse year-round programme of performances and exhibitions, Draíocht is central to the fabric of the community, welcoming 50,000 visitors every year.  www.draiocht.ie
– Fingal County Council is the administrative local government body for North Dublin and has long recognised the importance of the arts in helping to develop healthy and vibrant communities.  Fingal Arts Office, the arts service of Fingal County Council, delivers a coherent and integrated arts programme for the people of Fingal through a dedicated team of arts officers, a public art co-ordinator and a youth and education officer.

Booking Info:
– Tickets for Arts and Health Check Up Check In 2020 on Thursday 23 April cost €30 (including lunch)  Tickets can be booked here:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/arts-and-health-check-up-check-in-2020-tickets-98228129981
– Tickets for Trust, Risk, Recover – The Scope of Navigation, the workshop with Marielle MacLeman on Friday 24 April cost €10 and must be booked separately, here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/trust-risk-recover-the-scope-of-navigation-workshop-marielle-macleman-tickets-98233855105

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