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

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After each Dialogue Session, presenting artists will use this blog to record their observations, responses and reflections on the day.  Please feel free to add your comment and contribute your perspective.

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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After each Dialogue Session, presenting artists will use this blog to record their observations, responses and reflections on the day.  Please feel free to add your comment and contribute your perspective.

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.