Jennie Moran, contributing artist to the Dialogue sessions, talks about the workshop she gave

Arts in health practitioners can get to worrying about how their practice will fit into a healthcare facility; what if the staff aren’t accommodating; what if a participant has an unexpected reaction. Sometimes they even get to advocating the health benefits of bringing artworks into a situation (certainly a theory worth investigating). But before we get involved with defending ourselves to people who are not fighting with us, it is worth taking a moment to define, understand, invest in, and celebrate the unique cultural contribution that is an art practice. I wanted the workshop to act as an opportunity to do this. I offered everyone a booklet with slightly tricky questions about their individual art practices and we made some Arts in Heath fashion accessories (badges). There was a lovely sense of thrashing things out together.

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