Tallaght Hospital will run its first ever Arts and Health Week in conjunction with Rua Red, South Dublin’s Arts Centre, from May 11th to 16th. The week will feature a variety of events led by the National Centre for Arts and Health including film screenings, launch of an art trail and music performances in the Hospital atrium.
A one day Arts and Health Masterclass will also be held for health practitioners to contribute to the continuing professional development of artists working in healthcare settings.
Welcoming the launch of the Arts and Health Week, Tallaght Hospital CEO David Slevin stated “This is the latest initiative from the National Centre for Arts and Health that contributes to an inclusive and creative atmosphere in our hospital. This work has clear benefits in terms of the care provided in our hospital and the patient experience. I look forward to what will be a very successful and enjoyable series of events for patients and staff alike.”
“Almost 500 patients engage with our arts services each week in Tallaght Hospital. This is in addition to a tailored arts programmes for staff and medical students. Throughout next week we aim to highlight the range of work, and creativity of patients, both within the hospital and to the wider community through Rua Red Arts Centre. Importantly, our Arts and Health Masterclass will help health practitioners learn from the experience of our National Centre for Arts and Health over the past 12 years at Tallaght Hospital. I look forward to the week and I would encourage everyone to join in”.
The National Centre for Arts and Health at Tallaght Hospital exists to improve patient care and to promote the benefits of the arts in health. The centre aims to provide high quality, best practice arts programmes for hospital patients, visitors and staff and to provide leadership through research and education of international standing in the field of arts and health. It also runs a nationally innovative programme of Paediatric Arts and Health and Art Therapy.
For further information please see: www.artshealthwellbeing.ie