The Arts Council is working with Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, to deliver a programme of arts and health events in October entitled Vital Signs. It includes a one-day conference in Dublin, a national exhibition across five venues in Dublin 8, and a series of published opinion pieces about arts and health practice.
Vital Signs is an Arts Council initiative, which aims to promote arts and health as an innovative contemporary arts practice. The programme is part of the Council's current focus on arts and health, which will culminate in the development of a related policy and strategy.
Vital Signs Exhibition - October 14 -21
The exhibition is curated by Michelle Browne and is the first national exhibtion of its kind. It includes artwork by fourteen artists from around the country and takes place in five venues in the Dublin 8 area. The exhibition trail takes approximately 1 hour to complete.
Full details of the exhibition programme and artists involved are available to view here: www.vitalsigns.artscouncil.ie
Vital Signs Conference - 15 October
The conference takes place in the The Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The purpose is to bring artists, project managers, healthcare staff, service users, researchers and policy makers together to explore the opportunities and challenges of arts and health practice in Ireland and to identify effective ways forward in terms of policy, strategy and partnership.
It will be chaired by poet, playwright and RTÉ Radio 1 presenter Vincent Woods, and will focus on the areas of arts participation, architecture, medical humanities and public art practices in healthcare contexts.
There is no cost for attendance, but places are limited and booking fast.