Arts + Health Check Up Check In 2018

Building Momentum: Arts + Health Check Up Check In 2018 extra places available!
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Themed Building Momentum, this leading national arts and health event will feature the award-winning director and writer Professor Anna Furse, FRSA, who will give the keynote address, and presentations by some of the most innovative and creative practitioners working in arts and health in Ireland today.  Check Up Check In 2018 takes place on Thursday 26 April at Crawford Art Gallery in Cork and is open to healthcare professionals, arts practitioners and anyone interested in learning more about this exciting field.  Check Up Check In 2018 is organised by Waterford Healing Arts Trust and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, with local partners Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Health & Wellbeing and Niche Community Health Project, and is funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.  The fee for the full day, including lunch, is €20.

Book your place here: Check Up Check In 2018
Programme schedule here:  CUCI 2018

Further details below or from / 051 842664.

Following the tremendous success of Check Up Check in 2017 and recognising the learning that has taken place in the arts and health sector over the last decade, the theme of this year’s event is Building Momentum.  Participants will be invited to explore the importance of communication in partnership and how to challenge and nurture their creativity.  In her keynote address, Performance in the Medical Gaze, Prof. Furse will introduce ways in which she has worked in medical environments and with medical professionals to develop performance projects which have focused on the ‘body spectacular’ through representation of the body from Renaissance Anatomical Art to Imaging Technologies.  She will further share her knowledge of theatre, writing, medical humanities and interdisciplinary collaborations at a special workshop the following day, Friday 27 April.  Entitled Interiority, this workshop will introduce aspects of Prof. Furse’s research towards her digital artwork I’m Not a Piece of Meat in order to reflect on how culture and medicine are braided historically.

Check Up Check In promotes solidarity among arts and health practitioners and this year’s 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 looking at a wide range of methodologies employed in socially engaged arts and health practice;
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;
Arts and Health in the Workplace – Case studies of arts and health projects where participants are healthcare professionals;
The Second Hand of the Clock – A documentary film featuring the Dialysis Arts Programme at Merlin Park University Hospital, Galway, managed by Galway University Hospital Arts Trust.

In addition, looking to the national picture, reflecting the growth and development of arts and health in Ireland in recent years, participants at Check Up Check In 2018 will also have the opportunity to learn about plans to develop a framework for strategic partnership between the Arts Council and the HSE, the national statutory bodies with responsibility for the arts and health respectively.

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

Additional info:
About Professor Anna Furse, FRSA*
Anna’s 20-year career as an award-winning director and writer of over 50 international touring productions includes Artistic Direction of Paines Plough (1990-1995), with whom she pioneered new writing dramaturgies.  Anna’s projects in her full-time academic career have delved into eating disorders, hysterias, (sub)fertility and reproduction, anatomy, and the woman’s presence in the medical gaze, and have been funded by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.  Her current project The Theatre of Our Bodies includes Anna Furse Performs an Anatomy Act: a show and tell, and a digital artwork I’m Not a Piece of Meat (2018), commissioned by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland, and CAPP (Collaborative Art Partnership Programme, a transnational programme co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union); and an interdisciplinary talks series Interiorities (2017), co-curated with Dawn Kemp, Director of Museums and Archives, Royal College of Surgeons.  At Goldsmiths, University of London, she co-directs The Centre of the Body.  A frequent international conference speaker and workshop leader, her publications include chapters, several plays, and an anthology she edited Theatre in Pieces: Poetics, Politics and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (Methuen 2011).
*Fellow of the Royal Society of Artists

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
– Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts and provides support services and opportunities to artists and arts organisations working collaboratively with communities in social and community contexts.
– Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre is a publicly funded arts facility which creates opportunities for the people of West Cork to have access to and engagement with local and global arts practice of excellence.
– Crawford Art Gallery is a national cultural institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary.
– Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Health & Wellbeing has a focus on supporting people in Cork and Kerry to live healthier lives through adopting preventative strategies and reform of healthcare service delivery.
– Niche Community Health Project is a community health initiative working within Knocknaheeny/ Hollyhill and surrounding areas of Cork City to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Booking Info:
– Tickets for Arts and Health Check Up Check In 2018 on Thursday 26 April cost €20 (including lunch) can be booked here
– Tickets for Interiority, the workshop with Prof Anna Furse on Friday 27 April cost €15 and must be booked separately here.

Further info: Waterford Healing Arts Trust (051) 842664 /
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