Michelle Browne is an artist and curator based in Dublin. She has a degree in Sculpture and History of Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration from University College Dublin. Michelle is the founder and curator of OUT OF SITE, a festival of live art in public space in Dublin, which has presented the work of over 50 artist across the city since 2006. Out of Site also represented Ireland at On the Road to Europe, a gathering of artists from the EU member states in Berlin to celebrate the German presidency of the EU in 2007. Michelle is the recipient of the NCAD Student Prize, The RDS James White Art Award 2006, an artist bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland and support from Culture Ireland. She has written for Circa Art Magazine, Visual Artists News Sheet and Create News. www.michellebrowne.net
Marc Caball is Director of the UCD Graduate School in Arts and Celtic Studies and the UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland (http://www.ucd.ie/hii/). He is a cultural historian of early modern Ireland and has published widely in this area. He currently holds a major research grant from the Department of the Taoiseach and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences for a research programme entitled ‘Protestants, print and Gaelic culture in Ireland, 1567-1722’. He is chairman of the European Science Foundation COST Domain Committee for Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health. He served as director of Ireland Literature Exchange (ILE) between 1994-2000.
Gerry Cahill is an elected Fellow of the RIAI and a member of the RIBA. For over 30 years he has taught at the School of Architecture UCD and since the early 1980s he has been Principal in GCA Gerry Cahill Architects – an award-winning practice that has established a reputation for the design of high quality social, co operative and affordable housing. Gerry Cahill is a Director of Urban Projects which was established in 1997 to pursue urban design studies and major city regeneration proposals. He was a Director of the charity Energy Action for ten years and was a board member of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland from 2001 to 2007. GCA Gerry Cahill Architects represented Ireland at the 2008 11th Architectural Venice Biennale with the audio visual installation “Sanctuary & Congregation”.
Dara Carroll is Associate Director of MCO Projects, a company providing turn-key architecture, project management, and environmental engineering services specialising in sustainable development and 4D Urban Planning. MCO projects are Project Directors for the Mater Campus Hospital Development, a major expansion of the Mater Hospital, Dublin. He is developing an arts and environment programme as part of the MCHD development. This involves the commissioning and integration of artworks into the building, working closely with the design team and hospital users. Dara was a member of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme working group producing guidelines for physical environments of hospitals supporting end-of-life care. From 2000 to 2003 Dara managed a number of major touring and outreach initiatives for The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, including The Healing Ark. This project introduced a wide-ranging programme of music, artist-residencies, drama and significant artwork commissions to two acute hospitals.
Siobhán Clancy (BA, Fine Arts, NCAD graduate 2006) is interested in creating interactive arts experiences. A primary concern is how to make arts more accessible and relevant to the experience of the audience, often by inviting them to actively engage in an aspect of the process of creation. She regularly delivers workshops in academic (e.g. NUI Maynooth, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Trinity College Dublin) and informal education settings (e.g. the Digital Hub, Cinemagic, CDYSB). She has also collaborated on long term participatory arts and media initiatives with youth-at-risk and adult community groups including Foróige, Irish Youth Media Development, Comhairle na nÓg, Focus Ireland, NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland). In 2008, Siobhán was co-awarded an Arts Council Artist-in-the- Community Scheme bursary, which is managed by Create. She also received the Marian Rollins Heritage and Education Award 2008 from the Heritage Council and INTO.
Mary Cloake joined the Arts Council in 1993 as Regional Development Officer. She was appointed Development Director in 1997 and Director of the Arts Council in 2004. Prior to joining the Arts Council, Mary was the Arts Officer in Dundalk Urban District Council. In February 2005 she was appointed by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism to the board of Culture Ireland – the national agency to promote Irish arts overseas.
Martin Drury has worked in the arts for thirty years and has been an Arts Director with the Arts Council for the past two. He spent a decade between 1992 and 2001 developing and then running The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children. His work as a theatre director includes more than twenty productions for the Abbey, Druid, OTC, Second Age, The Ark and TEAM. He has undertaken numerous research and strategic development projects in the fields of culture, education, health and local government and has published and taught extensively in the fields of arts policy and arts education at home and abroad.
Dr Nazih Eldin is a graduate of the medical school in Jerusalem. He has a Masters in Health Promotion from King’s College, London and Diploma in Management from DeMontforte College in Leicester University. He worked in Israel, Ireland and the UK establishing himself as an expert in health promotion. Currently he is the Director of Health Promotion with the Health Service Executive Dublin North East. Dr Eldin sits on a number of regional, national and international groups and bodies and identifies himself with achieving greater effectiveness and efficiency through working in collaborative and co-operative ways and methods.
Coming from a diverse arts management background, Sheila Grace has worked for a number of arts organisations including the Kilkenny Arts Festival and the Hugh Lane Gallery and is a former Training and Education Officer of Create. Working as Arts Director in St. James’s Hospital since 2003 she has completed a MLitt. in Art Education. She also initiated and led on a groundbreaking collaboration between St. James’s Hospital, the Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery (TCD) and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). This entailed devising an Arts in Healthcare Education Module for inclusion in the undergraduate programmes of both TCD and NCAD. The elective module, catering for a combined total of sixty nursing and art students, is being rolled out in January 2010.
Mary Grehan is the Arts Director of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, a multi-disciplinary arts programme based in the WHAT Centre of Arts and Health, the first of its kind in Ireland. Having trained as a ceramic artist in NCAD, and as an Arts Manager in UCD, she has been working as an arts manager /curator in a social context since 1989. In 2005, she completed a Masters in Arts Health at the University of Central Lancashire. She has published a number of articles in the field of arts and health. Mary was the first Curator of the National Maternity Hospital’s (Holles St.) arts programme (1994—5). She is also Chair of Arts and Health Coordinators Ireland.
Jenny Haughton is Public Art Adviser to the Arts Council. She is also a lecturer in Management and Strategic Management at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology. In 1983 she co-founded Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and curated an extensive exhibition programme. In 1991 she established the independent Artworking agency which is dedicated to
working with artists and continues to provide a range of services at a local and international level. She is a Founder Director and Facilitator with Alternatives to Violence (Ireland) and a founder and working member of Irish Forum for Peace in Sri Lanka. She is also a bee-keeper.
Helene Hugel is a puppeteer, performer, and arts and health practitioner, with a qualification in hospital play specialism. She began her professional career as a puppeteer in 1997 as co-founder and partner of the award winning Púca Puppets. She now specialises in the dynamic field of art and health and regards the healthcare setting as a platform to develop new work for children. Helene is supported by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland in her development of a new arts and health company for children called Helium. She currently works alongside Helium’s growing, talented team of artists-in-residence across health centres and hospitals in Ireland. Helium’s service is participatory and collaborative, connecting children, their families, friends, and healthcare staff on creative common ground to achieve goals, which might otherwise be far more difficult.
Until his retirement this year, Dr. Peter Jordan was a Senior Lecturer in the History and Theory of Art at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). A published author, he has considerable experience of teaching and research at a number of universities. He is a Founder-member of the Arts and Research Group of the European League of Institutes of the Arts in 1990, and was awarded a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK) in 2007.
Dr Jordan is also a Founder-member of Waterford Healing Arts Trust (1990), and has spoken on the subject of arts for health in several countries including France, Canada and Uganda. He is currently interested in developing the subject of medical humanities.
Dr Pete Lunn is a behavioural economist at the ESRI and former BBC journalist. His primary research interest is economic decision-making. Pete is the author of a recent book for general readers, entitled “Basic Instincts: Human Nature and the New Economics”. The book introduces readers to the classic results of behavioural economics and argues that the findings are leading to profound changes in our understanding of the economy. Pete is currently working on an IRCHSS research project called “What’s it Worth?”, which aims to incorporate theories of the perception of value into economic models. Pete has also published research on participation in sport and the arts, changes in Irish family structures and discrimination in the Irish labour market.
Eleanor Masterson is Architectural Adviser in the Health Service Executive, Estates. She trained in Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street and also with the Universitat Polytecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. She has worked in a range of architectural practices in Ireland and abroad. Prior to moving to the HSE she worked as Architectural Adviser to the Department of Health and Children.
Seamus McGuinness is a lecturer in Textile Design in the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) where he received a first-class honours degree in 1986. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards in the field of textiles and has exhibited extensively at home and abroad. Seamus has worked in many private and public collections. He is currently the Dennis Kelleher Ad Astra scholar in Suicide Studies at UCD / St Vincent’s Hospital Dublin.
Tom Meskall is a freelance practicing artist and an active artist working in a community context. He works with galleries, arts festivals, local authorities and directly for community groups. Tom has been working in the area of environmental sculpture for 14 years and in May this year he took part in the Gathering Ground a week long sculpture symposium on the grounds of Turlough House, Co Mayo.
Hilary Moss is Arts Officer at The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght. She has an MBA in Health Services Management and is a State Registered Music Therapist (UK). She has papers published on arts and health, most recently in the Irish Medical Journal and the British Journal of Medical Humanities and she was chair of Kildare County Council’s Arts and Health Steering Group in 2008. Her model of providing weekly art sessions for patients, facilitated by professional artists, reached the final of the Health Service Innovation Awards in 2005.
Ríonach Ní Néill is a contemporary dancer and choreographer. In Ireland she has worked with Rex Levitates Dance Co, Catapult Dance Co, Corp Feasa, Finola Cronin and Daghdha Dance Company. From 2002 to 2006 she was a member of Tanztheater Bremen, Germany’s oldest dance theatre company. She founded her company Ciotóg in 2006 and choreographies include A Thing of Beauty & A Joy Forever, How did we get Here? Between Earth, Sky & Home, and most recently, Palimpsest, an intergenerational work for professional and older dancers for the Bealtaine Festival.
Dr Austin O Carroll has worked as a GP in an inner-city practice since 1997. The Mountjoy St Family Practice specialises in providing primary care to excluded groups including homeless people, non-nationals and drug users. He founded Safetynet a networking organisation for health professionals providing primary care services to homeless people. He has won an award from the African Refugee Network for his work with non-nationals. He has published research in the area of health inequalities. He is presently doing a doctorate into the barriers to accessing healthcare faced by homeless people. He is a trained relationship counsellor. He teaches GP trainees and specialises in communication skills and personal development. He has used the Arts (film, literature and drama) extensively in his teaching. He has being involved in the Disability movement and also with Arts and Disability organisations. He has a large Art collection in the Mountjoy St Family Practice.
Ann O’Connor is Arts and Health Adviser to the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. She has worked extensively in the area of arts and health and arts participation as a visual artist, facilitator, project manager and consultant. Most recently Ann was Coordinator of the HSE South Cork Arts and Health Programme the first programme of its kind within the Health Service Executive. She was also Project Manager with Cork 2005: European Capital of Culture where she managed the Culture and Health Strand. She was Arts Development Worker with national arts support agency Blue Drum and Projects Coordinator with Sligo County Council Arts Office. Ann also managed the Irish Rural Link Cross Border Office and worked as a Networking and Development Officer in the border counties.
Prof Des O’Neill, a consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine, is Director of Aois agus Eolas, the Centre for Ageing, Neuroscience and the Humanities at TCD and Tallaght Hospital www.ageandknowledge.ie. In conjunction with the Arts Officer (Hilary Moss) and the Arts Committee at Tallaght Hospital, he has helped to develop a focus and academic engagement with health and the arts. These include a lecture series at the National Gallery on Ageing, Health and Art; a symposium and concert with the National Symphony Orchestra of music composed after stroke and dementia; a hospital residency for the Irish Chamber Orchestra; and together with IADT, Dun Laoghaire and CREATE a pioneering professional development training course for artists in healthcare, funded by the Arts Council. These have been among the first projects in Ireland to be the subject of scientific papers and presentations in the peer-reviewed medical literature.
Kevin began his musical career as a drummer in the 1990’s and has extensive recording and touring experience. During this time he also worked with Waterford Spraoi and facilitated music groups in community settings throughout the South East. He qualified as a psychiatric nurse in 2001 and currently works part time in the West Cork Mental Health services, where he also facilitates music in health sessions. In 2005 he participated in a European Music in Hospitals Exchange programme and has focused his practice in community and health settings since then. He has worked closely with Waterford Healing Arts Trust and has published reports and given training sessions on the potential role and benefits of music in mental health settings to both arts and health professionals. Kevin has received bursaries from the Arts Council and Cork County Council to develop his work in participative settings. He recently established MusicAlive (www.musicalive.ie) with fellow musician Caoimhe Conlon to develop this work further.
Mary Robson is Associate for Arts in Health and Education at the Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University. She has held a three-year Fellowship with the National Endowment for Science, Technology and Arts (NESTA) to explore the concept of the artist as social pedagogue in schools and communities. Mary has twenty years’ experience of directing arts in health projects. She is Director of Roots and Wings at Chickenley Community Primary School in West Yorkshire, using the arts to encourage social and emotional development.
Denis Roche is curator of the Open Window Project and C.E.O of Vivartes, an art-in-health company. As an artist and composer living and working in Ireland he has created many visual and sound art installations most recently A Clinically Useful Artwork? an installation, taking place in an isolation ward in a hospital in Dublin which he submitted for the degree of MA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. As a composer he has written music for film and contemporary dance most notably for ‘Catalyst’, which was performed with the National Ballet of China and Rex Levitates Dance Company at the ‘Meet in Beijing’ festival in Beijing, China in 2004. He has written music for the film Sleepwalking starring Charlize Theron and Dennis Hopper, which premiered at the Sundance Festival, Utah, 2008.
Lucina Russell studied Art and Design (Textiles) in GMIT, and has a Post Graduate Teaching Diploma in Art and Design Education from the Limerick School of Art, receiving the Irish Times Award for Outstanding Performance. She completed a research Masters Degree in Art and Design Education in the National College of Art and Design in 2002. Lucina worked as an art teacher at primary and second level and in artist-in-residence programmes across Inner City Dublin for a number of years, before joining Kildare County Council as Arts Officer in 2000. She has initiated a number of long-term arts development initiatives including Laban-based dance training; the Platform Recording and Mentoring programme for emerging musicians and the appointment of an Arts in Health Specialist, the first of its kind in local authorities in Ireland. Lucina is Chairperson of the Arts Council Arts and Health Policy and Strategy Working Group.
Emmett is a director of CAST architecture. Formerly project director at Grafton Architects, Emmett was project architect on Solstice Meath Arts Centre completed in 2006 and has extensive experience of working with private and public clients on a variety of building types, including primary and secondary schools, public and private housing, and third level educational buildings. Emmett currently advises the Arts Council /An Chomhairle Ealaíon on architecture, and in 2008 project managed a team which carried out research into “Public Engagement + Architecture in Ireland” on behalf of the Arts Council. In 2008, Emmett was a member of the working group on “Public Awarness” set up as part of the redrafting of the DoEHLG’s policy on Architecture and the Built Environment. Emmetts current research interests continue to centre around issues of public awareness of architecture. A lecturer in Design at UCD Architecture for ten years, Emmett writes regularly for national and international journals, and is, with Sarah Cremin, Irish correspondant for A10, the European journal on architecture.
Clíodhna Shaffrey is a curator. Her practice includes exhibitions, long-term projects in context, public art commissions and writing. Currently she is co-editor, with Sarah Searson, of www.publicart.ie, a new on-line resource for public art. She is also curator in residence in Wicklow where she is working in close collaboration with two curators and ten artists.
Sarah Tuck is the Executive Director of Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. Sarah has extensive experience of working in the arts and media, having worked in senior positions for The Moscow Times, BBC, Guardian Unlimited and LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) and as a freelance dramaturg. Sarah was appointed the Director of Create in May 2006. Sarah has a BA Honours in English and Drama, Loughborough University, England (1986) MA in Drama, Essex University, England, (1988) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Business, University Of Hull (2006). In her role at Create, she contributed to the development of an Arts and Health course in partnership with IADT and Adelaide and Meath Dublin, Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital, funded by the Arts Council, and has sat on a number of steering and advisory groups to assist the development of critical thinking and evidencing of the experiences of collaboration between artists and communities.
John Tunney comes from a family of traditional singers stretching back to a time before the Great Famine. He has performed on BBC and RTÉ radio and television and has appeared on a half dozen recordings, most notably on Where the Linnet Sings: Three Generations of the Tunney’s. He is a lecturer in Heritage Studies at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. He is currently working on his first solo album, The Green Fields of Canada, and on a biography of his father, Paddy Tunney, a key personality in the 1950s folk revival.
Mike White is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Medical Humanities and St Chad’s College, University of Durham, UK. His work for the centre has included workforce development programmes in arts in health, project-based evaluations, studies of practice, and audits and literature reviews of arts in health for Government agencies. In 2005 he was awarded a fellowship of the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts to research community-based arts in health and build national/international links in this field. A resulting book Arts Development in Community Health – a social tonic was published by Radcliffe in 2009.
Vincent Woods, poet, playwright and broadcaster, was born in Co.Leitrim. His plays include At The Black Pig’s Dyke, Song of the Yellow Bittern and A Cry From Heaven. Poetry collections are The Colour of Language and Lives and Miracles. He co-edited The Turning Wave: Poems and Songs of Irish Australia. Vincent worked as a radio journalist and broadcaster for many years, presenting RTE programmes including Morning Ireland, Rattlebag and The Arts Show. He currently presents Arts Tonight on RTE Radio 1.