Daily Archives: September 30, 2011

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


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


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

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


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’