Lucia Barnes (visual art) is based in Dublin. Her art practice centres around Arts and Health. She has a background in nursing and completed a B.A. and M.F.A. at the National College of Art & Design. Her work explores themes surrounding aspects of human physiology, perceptions of pain, food analysis, and abstract concepts of cellular growth. Lucia works in mixed media, but predominantly in video and photography. She has collaborated with diverse groups of patients, carers and healthcare professionals in numerous arts and health related projects. She has exhibited widely in Ireland, in group and solo exhibitions, and received a number of commissions, residencies and awards. She is currently artist in residence at The Dialysis Unit of the Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Dublin.
Marie Brett (visual art) is a Graduate of Goldsmith’s College, London University (MA & BA) and has visual artwork in a number of public collections nationally and internationally. In 2010 she took on the role of Mentor as part of the Arts and Health Mentoring Award developed by Create and Common Ground. Her practice explores the notion of ambiguous loss; located within a frame of relational arts practice, she seeks means of dialogue and collaboration to inform and influence her work.
Sheelagh Broderick (visual art) is a PhD Artist researcher with
the Graduate Schools of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin. Her research concerns arts practices in healthcare settings in a living inquiry that discursively challenges the nature of knowing. Adopting a socially engaged approach to her arts practice, she situated herself at the crossroads of individual and institutional concerns, seeking out a lingua franca of recognisable cultural forms that provide a platform for participants to critically engage with the practice of everyday life as experienced in the healthcare sector.
Charlotte Donovan (visual art) is a visual artist with almost 20 years experience of devising, developing, facilitating and managing art projects in healthcare and community contexts. She was development Manager of Art in Hospital in Glasgow for 10 years and Triskel’s artist-in-residence in St Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork, for 3. She is currently developing a community arts for health programme in the northside of Cork city as well as undertaking freelance projects. Her experience is wide ranging and has also included international residencies, public art commissions, curating exhibitions, training and mentoring, project evaluation and consultancy.
Jenny Elliott (dance) recently took up the post of Chief Executive Officer of Arts Care N.I. She is a freelance contemporary dance practitioner and has been dancer-in residence with Arts Care at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust for the last sixteen years. Jenny is also artistic director of Kompany Maine, Orbit Dance and Black Widows Dance Companies. All three companies emerged out of her health dance residency and consist of service users and staff. In 2008 she completed a PHD study investigating the impact of a Laban-based Dance Programme on a group of men with enduring brain injury and the nurses who cared for them. In 2010 she led an arts-based study for Queen’s University on the impact of arts participation on older people with dementia in residential care.
Helene Hugel (theatre & puppetry) is a puppeteer, performer, and arts and health practitioner, with a qualification in hospital play specialism. She began her professional career as a puppeteer in 1997 as co-founder and partner of the award winning Púca Puppets. She now specialises in the dynamic field of art and health and regards the healthcare setting as a platform to develop new work for children. Helene is supported by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland in her development of a new arts and health company for children called Helium. She currently works alongside Helium’s growing, talented team of artists-in-residence across health centres and hospitals in Ireland. Helium’s service is participatory and collaborative, connecting children, their families, friends, and healthcare staff on creative common ground to achieve goals, which might otherwise be far more difficult.
Emma Meehan (theatre) is a theatre-maker whose work has been supported by the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Sligo Arts Office and Dublin City Council. Most recently she has been working as a drama facilitator at a children’s hospital in Dublin, funded by the Create/Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Research and Development Award. She holds a BA and PhD from the Drama Department, Trinity College, Dublin.
Tom Meskell (visual art) has been working as an arts and health facilitator since 1998 following an internship in America with the G.R.A.C.E programme. Since then he has been involved on the front line of arts in health in Ireland being involved in delivering training and symposia weeks, founding Anam Beo Arts and Health organisation in Offaly. He has been working consistently with groups in Mayo including Rural Training Centre, Ballina Training Centre, HSE care centre for older peoples, HSE adult mental health, Fairways Swinford, Western care Castlebar, Irish wheelchair association Claremorris, Sacred Heart Hospital Castlebar. Tom has also been invited to give talks on arts and health nationally and internationally.
Jennie Moran (visual art) is a Dublin based artist who uses her practice to create opportunities for hospitality. She has gathered knowledge through a degree in sculpture at the National College of Art and Design; international residencies at NES Iceland, Fondazione Ratti, Italy and Galleria Blanda, Buenos Aires. Her projects have been facilitated by Dublin City Council Art Bursary, Arts Council Project Award, Artist in the Community Award and a Visual Art Bursary. She is currently preparing for a solo exhibition at the Galway Arts Centre in Decmeber 2011. http://www.jenniemoran.com/
Ríonach Ní Néill (dance) is a choreographer and dancer with over 15 years international experience, whose works for Ciotog have been recently performed in the US, UK, Germany and throughout Ireland and involve interdisciplinary collaborations with professional and non-vocational artists. In 2008 she founded the Macushla Dance Club for +50s, a Dublin-based dance participation and performance group, with which she regularly produces collaborative works with professional dance artists. Since 2008 she has run a dance programme for older people in healthcare settings in the Conamara Gaeltacht, Ar Mo Sheanleim. She is currently engaged in research into intergenerational dance practice, supported by the Arts Council/Create. She is the dance lecturer on Geragogik (arts education for older people) in the Federal Academy for Cultural Education, Wolfenbuttel, Germany, and is Dancer in Residence in Galway.
Niamh O’Connor (visual art) has a strong connection to the Arts & Health field (Postgrad Cert. in Arts in Healthcare Settings, 2011) with dialogic and collaborative approaches, across contexts, being central to her art practice. Video and photography are preferred areas with an impulse towards the handmade and documentary. She is interested in visual culture, notions of self-perception and display and is currently working on two series – ‘Re-’ is a collaborative project dealing with body image and a longterm project which investigates the use of colour in domestic exteriors. She has exhibited in Ireland, France, Scotland and the US and has been awarded a number of residencies, commissions and bursaries. www.niamhoconnorartist.wordpress.com
Mairead O’Donnell (Traditional music) As a professional Traditional Irish fiddle player and singer, Mairead O’Donnell (B.A.) has been working in the area of Arts and Health for the past number of years. As musician in residence at the Adelaide and Meath inc. National Children’s Hospital (A.M. N.C.H.) Tallaght and Beaumont hospital, Dublin, she has held music sessions for seniors at day care wards, patients in bedbound units and also psychiatric care. Her work has also included leading a series of musical workshops for people with disabilities at Arts Alive festival, Wexford.
Sean O’Laoghaire (puppetry & storytelling) has worked in the area of Community Arts for 23 years and has gained vast experience and a strong reputation for always thoroughly relating to the participants on his projects, creating a tangible connection between the individual, community and creative process. He has completed four Artist in Residency projects, two with the Arts Council and two with Cork County Council, with some being featured on R.T.E.ʼs Nationwide. At present, Sean continues his own puppetry work and runs a two-year course in Community Arts in West Cork, where he also works on the Arts 4 Health team at the West Cork Arts Centre.
Sarah Searson (contemporary art & curation) is a curator and writer. Her career has been focused on managing and developing arts projects and programmes, mostly at local level, in Ireland. She has developed a number of longer term projects, mediating, evaluating and analysing arts practices in Ireland. She has worked with agencies such as CREATE, VAI, Dublin City Council, DIT and the National Sculpture Factory, The Arts Council and a number of Local Authorities. Her work has been informed by her education as an artist practitioner and later studies is in Arts and Cultural Management and Public Culture Studies. This year she has supported the development of a new resource for arts and health in Ireland: www.artsandhealth.ie Website: www.sarahsearson.com
Project Intern – In collaboration with the MA SPACE (Social Practice and the Creative Environment) at Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD):
Siobhan Wilmott is originally from Limerick and graduated from Applied Social & General Studies in C.I.T. in 2007. She has spent the last seven years working in a variety of adult, youth and child services. Siobhan previously specialised in researching adolescents with drug addictions and explored their experience in an addiction centre. She is currently working in adult residential services in Cork and has a particular interest in the area of mental health and advocacy work. She has just completed an MA in Social Practice & Creative Environment and she hopes to develop her practice further by incorporating her experiences and expertise in social care into a socially engaged art practice.