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Arts and Health: CPD resource pack now available

This pack is a companion resource to the recent Documenting Arts + Health CPD which took place at the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health and was co-hosted by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Create and Visual Artists Ireland. 

Following the development of artsandhealth.ie, the national arts and health website, by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in social contexts, in 2011, there is a coordinated effort in Ireland to document and make more visible the range and depth of arts and health practice. 

This comes with its own set of challenges. Confidentiality of patients is central to the culture of healthcare while public celebration is central to arts practice, and so documentation can become one of those points of tension between the world of art and the world of health. 

If we take it that good documentation is based on a relationship of trust between the documenter and the documented, working in healthcare contexts, particularly acute settings with its transitory populations, the 
involuntary nature of the context in terms of arts experiences and the vulnerability of participants presents a range of challenges to the documentation of arts and health. 

Documenting Arts + Health was a peer based artists’ clinic suitable for those interested in exchanging and developing good techniques around documenting their practice in healthcare contexts. Co-hosted by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Create and Visual Artists Ireland, it took place in the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health in April 2012. 

This resource pack covers a broad spectrum of documentation relating to arts and health practice from fund-raising to report writing. Offering useful guides and checklists, it is envisaged that it will be a useful reference document for artists and may be dipped into on a needs-must basis. It also offers a summary of the discussions from the Documenting Arts + Health event.

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