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Defining the Role of “Relational Producer” in Arts-and-Health Collaborations in Hospitals: A Reflection on Catalysts and Partnerships

Anna Ledgard, Artsadmin, London; Susannah Hall, GOSH Arts, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, NHS Foundation Trust, London; Sofie Layton, London; Mark Storor, St Helens, Merseyside; Nicky Petto, GOSH Arts, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, NHS Foundation Trust, London; Jo Wray, Cardiorespiratory Unit, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, NHS Foundation Trust, London; Giovanni Biglino, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, Bristol & National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London, London.

A Reflection on Catalysts and Partnerships. Received: June 15 2019.

Published in LEONARDO, Vol. 54, No. 3, pp. 345–349, 2021

Abstract

As the profile of the arts-and-health sector grows and interdisciplinary projects with public outcomes become more common, it is useful to explore roles and ways of working at the interface between different disciplines. The authors analyze the complex role of producer, likely to become increasingly relevant in this landscape. While incorporating aspects of existing roles (e.g. hospital arts manager, cultural venue participatory producer, independent creative producer, public engagement manager), the producer has a very specific raison d’être and could be defined as “relational producer.” This role is not well understood and yet central to this field of practice.

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