Creative Health (Arts and Health) CIC is an independent community interest company designing and delivering high quality arts and health projects in the West Midlands. In recent years they have included priority for an arts and health stream at successive National Rural Health Conferences; support for the publication of Seeded – Great arts and health stories grown in regional Australia; and a submission to the National Cultural Policy Discussion Paper Being well – promoting arts and health in Australia’s cultural policy.
The arts can have positive effects on quality of life and have been shown to foster mental, physical, and social benefits as well as result in fewer doctors’ visits, reduced use of medications, lessened anxiety and depression, improved memory and socialization skills, and increased levels of independence in a variety of populations and settings.
This seminar, delivered in RUA RED Arts Centre, Tallaght on 23/10/2015 was presented by The National Centre for Arts and Health, in partnership with the Meath Foundation, the Music Department of Trinity College Dublin, RUA RED arts centre and South Dublin County Council.
As Group Creative Director of Ursa, a health and wellness advertising agency, Denis’ campaigns helped thousands of people lose weight, give up smoking, break free from HEP C, manage their diabetes, avoid heart attacks, prevent allergies, treat coughs.
Current research interests include aesthetic deprivation in hospital; the role of the arts for older people; participative and receptive arts; music and health; art therapy and chronic pain and developing professional training for artists in healthcare settings.