Arts in Health is a fast-emerging field that has developed in response to interest regarding the diverse ways in which the arts contribute to health, wellbeing, social inclusion and healthcare practice across a range of settings. This is a multi-faceted agenda that includes the upstream promotion of health and the support of services focused on both illness and prevention/protection and care. May-June, 2016: Start Fresh brought together artists and participants in our Arts and Health programs in an exhibition about clarity, finesse, energy, surprise, nature, healing and defying expectations in art.
The spectrum of artist practice is wide ranging including work from all the creative and performing arts disciplines. The focus of the new paradigm is on the actual role, players, practitioners, and skills involved in the different areas of arts practice in healthcare.
It is important to note the value of different arts activities and events in everyday life, and the equivalent value in situations where health is compromised. Understand how to manage arts-based programs in community and healthcare settings and use evidence-based methodologies to assess them.
Our second meeting was over in Dublin in 2004 shortly after I’d left the South West, where I’d been developing Arts for Health Cornwall, and was about to take up my position at MMU. To create a supportive environment for community-engaged arts practices and increase their use within health environments and centres for community programming.
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. Nonetheless, this model provides useful thinking about why we use arts in health settings and helps arts practitioners to clarify the reason for their work.