Monthly Archives: September 2011

Artist Comment: Limerick – Dialogue Session #1 – September 15th, 2011

MARIE BRETT (VISUAL ART)

In Limerick for Dialogue # 1, conversations unfolded during my final presentation ‘Unravelling Arts & Health Practice’ exploring

–          Definitions

–          Partnership as a three-way approach

–          Locating needs as an artist in the field

–          Collaboration / Facilitation : different working methodologies

–          Aligned professions / areas of work / cross-overs?

 

Which grew dialogue notably around issues of:

–          Why is arts and health growing as an area of interest / is it growing or more so being identified and named?

–          Ownership

// Negotiating permissions – who with / how + when?

// Of what – object / idea / legacy?

// how long can an artist be flexible to include / remove a    person’s name, input, ever flexible and shifting or a point when becomes fixed in stone?

–          Difficulty of maintaining creativity

–          Is it possible to be truly creative without imposing one’s ideas on other people?

–          Importance of being open and informed / access to information + knowledge / not fearing not knowing or asking for help from partners

–          Questioning what is the role of the artist?

–          Clarity needed from outset of one’s intention / boundaries

–          Time needed for negotiation

–          The distinct difference between collaboration and facilitating someone elses creativity

–          Art as product, but can the process be the product?

–          Need to negotiate positions of artist / therapist / leisure activity provider / teacher

–          Artists can be scared to bring up these things … to say the artwork is the priority over healing

 

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Artist Comment: Galway – Dialogue Session #1 – September 14th, 2011

Artist Comment: Galway – Dialogue Session #1 – September 14th, 2011

MARIE BRETT (VISUAL ART)

In Galway for Dialogue # 1, I aimed to open dialogue via the presentation ‘Unravelling Arts & Health Practice’ as per the earlier two venues, looking at

–          Definitions

–          Artists position

–          Partnership : three-way

–          Methodologies

–          Challenges + incentives

–          Other aligned professions / areas of work

Exchange was interesting including artists questioning and commenting about:

–          Where does my work begin and end when working with others?

–          The importance of keeping something for yourself

–          Not to be frightened to make demands as an artist – what are your priorities?

–          The grey area, a creative space

–          To keep your voice for the art / integrity?

–          Art itself is about creating dialogue

–          Its easy to fall into wanting to please everyone

–          Where do we look to for validation?

–          How & where do we get permission to show the work afterwards and / or process of the work?

–          How does this field of work relate to your own art – does it move your own art forward?

–          The work as your art practice / not in parallel to it

–          Allies for your work and practice

Other comments were: ‘It’s so refreshing to hear an artist talking openly about these issues’ and ‘I’m so pleased to hear these conversations happening as they’ve been in my head for eight years with no-one to share them with’

Artist Comment: Tullamore – Dialogue Session #1 – September 8th, 2011

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Tullamore – Dialogue Session # 1 – September 8th, 2011

MARIE BRETT (VISUAL ART)

In Dialogue #1 in Tullamore, during my presentation ‘Unraveling Arts and Health Practice’ I explored definitions of What’s Arts and Health practice?; used project examples to locate my position; described my methodologies, challenges and incentives as part of the three-way interface of participant, staff and artist. I rounded up by defining aligned areas of work such as Arts Therapies, Arts & Disabilities, Community Arts in Health / Healthcare Promotion, Arts & Medical Humanities, Healthcare Environments & Environmental Enhancement and Arts & Science.

There was great exchange, notably around issues of:

Ethics / Locating the role of artist / Two professions, Two sets of needs / Supervision / Identifying supports / Ownership of work / Holistic approach / High management healthcare support needed / Role of science / Healing / De-humanisation due to technology & machinery in healthcare settings / Pubic art & environmental enhancement linking with participatory practice.

Artist Comment: Cavan – Dialogue Session # 1 – September 7th, 2011

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Cavan – Dialogue Session # 1 – September 7th, 2011

MARIE BRETT (VISUAL ART)

In Dialogue #1 in Cavan, during my presentation ‘Unraveling Arts and Health Practice’ I opened with definitions of ‘What’s Arts and Health practice? and then used project examples to locate and reveal my position as a visual artist in the field.

Describing the three-way interface of participant, staff and artist, led to discussion of the varying methodologies, challenges and incentives that are inherent in A+H practice. I rounded up by presenting how the practice of A+H differs to other aligned areas of work such as Arts Therapies, Arts & Disabilities, Community Arts in Health / Healthcare Promotion, Arts & Medical Humanities, Healthcare Environments & Environmental Enhancement and Arts & Science.

I was keen for the presentation to generate exchange and there were questions and comments on-going with breakout conversation circling around:

_     Collaboration – definition – responsibility – entry points

_     Ownership – ideas/objects – decision makers – credits

_     Arts Therapists / Artists – difference

_     Disclosure

_     Work to standing on own merit

Artist Comment: Tullamore – Dialogue Session #1 – September 8th, 2011

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Tullamore – Dialogue Session # 1 – September 8th, 2011

MAIREAD O’DONNELL (TRADITIONAL MUSIC)

My workshop at the Dialogue sessions in Tullamore consisted of presenting a snapshot of my experience as a Traditional musician working in hospital settings. This included (a) a performance on fiddle from myself to enable listeners to hear live traditional music (b) information on my experience within the different Departments eg age-related unit, psychiatry and bedbound patients unit which included an evaluation report from the National Centre for Arts and Health, Adelaide and Meath Hospital inc. the National Children’s Hospital, Dublin and (c) participatory musical exercises to show people how I interact with clients.

During my presentation some of the issues raised by participants included the topic of funding; structure of my work practice; the healing nature of music in relation to chakras and energy levels; and the issue of staff support. Workshop participants also sang very nicely together on a song entitled “Three Lovely Lassies from Kimmage” and we ended the workshop with a number of people dancing an old Irish dance called ” Shoe the Donkey” while others played percussion instruments.

It was great to meet with other artists interested in this field of work and share our thoughts, ideas, and vision for the future of Arts and Health.

Artist Comment: Cavan – Dialogue Session # 1 – September 7th, 2011

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Cavan – Dialogue Session # 1 – September 7th, 2011

EMMA MEEHAN (THEATRE)

At the dialogue session, I shared my work at a children’s hospital in Dublin. Through a workshop format, I introduced issues that arise in working with children in a hospital such as infection control, mobility issues, interruptions, changing population and so on. I shared why I might choose particular drama exercises and the process of using puppetry in helping children express themselves and gain new skills. I also brought up the area of documentation and reflection through the means of photography, voice recording, video, journaling, movement and writing. I hope that aspects of my sharing could feed into other artists’ work in different artforms and contexts. The simple drama and puppet games seemed to work as an ice breaker for the group to get to know each other. I found one hour very short and would have liked another hour to share the artistic ideas behind my work with the children, my performance works on hospital experience and body image, along with stimulating group discussion on topics that came up.