For the arts and health sector
WHAT manages artsandhealth.ie, a national website developed with Create and funded by the Arts Council. The website provides a resource and focal point for the arts and health sector, providing up-to-date news, case studies of good practice, opinion pieces from a range of perspectives, a directory of relevant contacts and an extensive bank of resources.
artsandhealth.ie is supported by an editorial panel comprising representation from a range of stakeholders including the HSE, the Arts Council, artists, healthcare workers, local authority arts officers, WHAT and Create.
Sign up for the quarterly e-bulletin of artsandhealth.ie here.
In partnership with the Health Service Executive South (Cork) Arts + Health Programme and with financial support from the Arts Council, WHAT commissioned ‘Participatory Arts Practice in Healthcare Contexts – Guidelines for Good Practice’ from the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University. This is a valuable resource for anyone responsible for engaging people in art-making experiences within healthcare settings.
WHAT hosts Continuing Professional Development talks and workshops for artists and healthcare professionals involved in arts and health practice.
An introduction to arts and health
Every year, WHAT hosts a one-day introductory workshop to arts and health for anyone who wants to learn more about this field of work. The workshop introduces participants to some of the nuts and bolts of arts and health work, presents best practice principles via a range of examples of work and opens up a discussion on some of the complexities relating to this field. Participants are invited to devise projects that respond to arts and health briefs.
Partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology
WHAT partners with the Waterford Institute of Technology on introductory lectures and workshops in the field of arts and health for a range of students.
WHAT works in partnership with the UHW Clinical Placement Co-ordination team to engage nursing students on placement in UHW in creative writing sessions. Writing is used as a tool to support students’ reflection on their learning while on placement.
WHAT supports face-to-face networking and solidarity among practitioners in the field of arts and health through an annual Check Up, Check In event.
WHAT is a founder member of Arts & Health Co-ordinators Ireland (AHCI), a professional support network of arts and health managers.
WHAT offers advice on the development of arts and health projects through one-to-one clinics. E-mail WHAT@hse.ie or phone 051 842664 to book your clinic.
Arts and health library
The WHAT arts and health library supports research and learning in the field. Documentation of projects in a range of artforms and healthcare settings is available as well as research in the field of arts and health. Members of WHAT can avail of borrowing rights. If you have an arts and health related publication you would like to share with others through our library, e-mail WHAT@hse.ie or phone 051 842664.
Click here for the full library catalogue.