Arts and Creativity at Irish Hospice Foundation

The arts and creative engagement in all their forms help people of all ages explore and articulate loss, death, dying and grief. They always have.  We explore and collaborate with artists and cultural organisations guided by  The People’s Charter on Death Dying and Bereavement  and our Policy on Arts and Creative Engagement.

Our Arts and Creative Engagement programme was initiated with support by The Creative Ireland programme. A full report on the first year of our programme can be found here. A summary of projects between 2021 and 2022 can be watched below.

For more details, please contact Arts and Creative Engagement Lead, Dominic Campbell, [email protected] or Producer Elizabeth Hutcheson, [email protected]  


We are also very grateful to Rethink Ireland, the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund. With special thanks to all the generous donors, including the Parkes Family, the Sunflower Charitable Foundation, Ei Electronics, and Community Foundation for Ireland, and a number of private donors.

Our Arts and Creative Engagement Policy 

In 2020, with support from The Creative Ireland programme, we developed our Policy on Arts and Creative Engagement to guide and inform our strategy and responses. Its key messages are:  

    • our expertise is most useful when in partnership with cultural institutions. 
    • there are many areas where the arts can help lead conversations about death and grief.

    Read our Policy on Arts and Creative Engagement now. 


    Our previous work with artists and cultural institutions includes: 

      • Events: The Arts Roundtable Gathering took place in June 2023, to share learnings from the past three years, and reflect on the benefits of creative work in loss and bereavement. View the event page.
      • Craft: The Bereavement Pin with designer Alan Ardiff
      • Design: The End-of-Life Symbol developed from the ancient carvings of Newgrange 
      • Architecture: Our Design and Dignity project is supporting new thinking about the architecture of places we receive end-of-life and bereavement care 
      • Mixed media: Seeds grants projects 2021
      • Music and Literature: Peter and The Wolf, Sergei Prokofiev’s classic re-worked by Gavin Friday, the Friday-Seezer Ensemble and illustrated by Bono.

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