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’


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