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Helium Arts & Create present

Art and Design Strategies in Healthcare


Date: 16 June
Time: 10:30 am - 12.30 pm
Venue: Create, 2 Curved Street (Filmbase Building), Dublin 2 

Date: 17 June
Time: 11 am - 12.30 pm
Venue: The Boardroom, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork

Attendance is FREE

Helium Arts in partnership with Create are hosting a seminar on Art and Design Strategies in Healthcare with Jackie Sands (Arts & Health Improvement Senior with the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde) and Vicky Charnock (Arts Coordinator at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool). The seminar will focus on the importance of early integration and planning strategies in the design of new healthcare facilities. The two guest speakers will outline and share their experiences in a variety of hospitals and healthcare settings, involvement in capital programmes and conditions for building arts and health within a hospital setting.

Who Should Attend? This seminar will be of interest to those in arts and health project management or coordination, as well as healthcare managers or anyone involved in implementing Per Cent for Art in healthcare settings.

Details of a recent design strategy for the New South Glasgow Hospitals can be found here

This event is funded by the Arts Council


Vicky Charnock has worked as Arts Coordinator at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool since 2006, where she has pioneered a nationally recognised programme which has been at the forefront of innovative practices within the arts for health sector. The programme includes the Cultural Champions partnership programme, working with the leading arts organisations within Merseyside to develop and deliver an ambitious patient centred arts programme. She has also developed innovative mentoring programme between arts and health professionals, and has a number of research specialisms such as the exploration of the effect of dance and movement upon pain tolerance. Alder Hey’s Arts for Health programme was recently awarded a prestigious NHS England Excellence in Participation Award: Children and Young People.

Vicky is also part of the Strategic team for developing and delivering an ambitious arts programme for the new Alder Hey in the Park, a new state of the art children’s hospital located within parkland, the first if its kind within Europe. This has included developing a commissioning programme with artists, with young people taking a lead in the decision making and influencing design. Commissions to date have included developing an ambitious way-finding programme for the hospital and major sculptural pieces for the main atrium.

Vicky has previously worked at a number of leading art galleries within the North West of England such as Cornerhouse Arts Centre in Manchester, where she developed their gallery education programme. More recently, she worked as Community Programme Curator at Tate Liverpool for five years, developing arts and health programmes which utilised the National Collection of Modern Art as well as professional development programmes for the social services, health and community sectors.

Jackie Sands is the Arts & Health Improvement Senior with the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. In 2005, Jackie was directly involved in the beginning of a strategic move & commitment made by NHS Greater Glasgow Health Improvement & the Arts sector for exploring ways to integrate & acknowledge the role of art & creativity in healthcare. This National pilot for Scotland was driven by acknowledgement of the growing and credible evidence base for Arts and Health which pointed to the positive and multiple impacts that the Arts and Health field was making in improvement of healthcare environments, service delivery, health outcomes, community wellbeing . Jackie's role involves supporting and advising NHS on set up of structures and mechanisms and procurement models which lead to the integration of art in architecture, therapeutic design, facilitation of ongoing creative and performing arts exhibitions , commissions in acute hospitals and health centres. Therapeutic Design and Art Strategies have been successfully delivered in new Acute Hospitals and within new Community and Mental Health Partnership Capital developments such as The New Stobhill and Victoria Hospitals, the New Neo Natal and Maternity Extension, The New South Glasgow Hospitals currently in development; Community and child and family Health Projects in Drumchapel ( The West Centre) , Barrhead and Renfrew, the Vale and The Saracen Street Health Centres ;The post is currently overseeing the development and integration of 5 more therapeutic design and art strategies in 4 New Health Centres and at an new dementia friendly in patient care unit. More: Arts and Health at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

About Helium Arts

Helium Arts is an arts and health organisation improving the quality of life for children 0-18 years living with chronic illness or at risk of illness in Ireland through the development of participatory arts programmes in community, primary, and acute healthcare environments. Our mission is to create positive experiences of health, hospital, and healthcare settings for young people, to support a child-centred model of healthcare through the arts, and to innovate models of arts practice which give a creative voice to young people living with illness. Helium uses a multi-disciplinary approach using art-forms such as storytelling, film, music, and the digital arts to engage with a range of issues from the mental health of babies to social isolation among chronically ill teenagers. Since Helium was founded in 2009, over 3,500 young people and their families have benefitted from our programmes.

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