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Arts Roundtable Gathering June 2023

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In 2020, with the support of Creative Ireland, Irish Hospice Foundation started an Arts and Creative Engagement programme to provide people with more opportunities to discuss dying, death, and bereavement. Since then, we have explored and collaborated with numerous artists, cultural, health, community, state agencies, and educational organisations on ways to reduce the impact of bereavement on Irish people using a diverse range of creative practices.

Who is this for?

Everyone involved in and / or interested in our programmes is welcome to come along. Our programmes include 56 Seed Grants, 12 Compassionate Culture Networks, two artists working “in service to people at end of life”, four artists creating wellbeing tools with the HSE, and a health and wellbeing project with Irish Men’s Sheds Association. In addition, we have published two books (one a best-seller), acted as consultants on developing Seed Grant type projects funded by the Department of Health Northern Ireland, and supported selected signature artists on a bespoke basis as part of our ‘Signature Works’. We have also accumulated a Digital Assets Database containing a rich suite of resources documenting the results of our arts programme in its first two years.

Why join us?

The purpose of this event is to share learnings from the past three years, consider a spectrum of forms of loss and creative responses, and reflect on the benefits of creative work in loss and bereavement. Films from our Digital Assets Database will also be screened with a view to promoting discussion on potential strategies for developing a formal evaluation process on the impact of arts in mental health programmes generally.

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A summary of our projects is available to watch below.