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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
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
_ Work to standing on own merit