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In May 2011, the Waterford Healing Arts Trust invited a number of people currently involved in postgraduate arts and health research to attend a discussion in the School of Nursing, Trinity College to discuss “what is the academic home for Arts & Health?”
The discussion was chaired by Catherine McCabe, the Director of Teaching and Learning (Undergraduate) and Director of the BSc Programme at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin. Catherine’s PhD researched the impact of the Open Window Project in St. James’ Hospital on patients in the National Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.
The event was attended by:
Sheila Broderick, who is carrying out a PhD with The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) on interpretations of arts and health.
Kevin O’Shanahan, psychiatric nurse and musician who is investigating music and health interventions within a recovery-based model of mental health care at University College Cork.
Hilary Moss, Arts Director at the Adelaide and Meath hospital, Dublin, incorporating the National Children's Hospital, who is embarking on a PhD in Trinity College, School of Medicine about the benefits of arts for older patients accessing health services, with particular emphasis on the question of aesthetic deprivation.
Martina Hynan, artist, who is looking at questions of birth, identity and the medical gaze through her PhD in the Art History and Cultural Policy Department of University College Dublin.
Mary Grehan, Arts Director of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust who completed an MA at the University of Central Lancashire, UK, whereby she carried out a comparative study between hospitals and galleries as sights for viewing art.
Katriona Gillespie, supervisor on the Medical Humanities Module at University College Galway.
This discussion asks what, when and how we measure.