Our first major event will be The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, an international arts and health conference scheduled for 10 – 13 November 2009. The aim of this paradigm is to challenge the status quo that sees arts and health emerging as a predominantly participative arts field, to the exclusion of other approaches, and to return to the idea of arts as a broad field that interacts with health, well-being and healthcare settings in myriad ways.
The event was in part, about sharing new ideas and innovative practice that bridges substance misuse and recovery, with the arts – moving away from cliched representations of addiction, and critically about exploring ways in which art and artists might have a part in the research agenda.
With the recent release of the first book in the CAIP Research Series, Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change” and the scheduled release of our second book in the CAIP Research Series, Creative Research for Community and Cultural Change” we enter the New Year with a sense of great pride and optimism for the future.
The premiere of Ian Wilson and Leontia Flynn’s new work, Matter, which was written during a residency with people with Parkinson’s disease at the Age Related Health Care Unit at Tallaght Hospital will be performed in the hospital atrium on 23rd October 2013 at 1pm.
The recent Ebola crisis and the example set by Lagos State and Nigeria, in implementing and effecting a timely and effective response despite infrastructural challenges further demonstrated the value of creativity and innovation in health with effective mobilisation of the public on preventative activities.