The national arts and health website www.artsandhealth.ie was launched in October 2011 by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D at Dublin Dental Hospital. Other speakers at the event included Pat Moylan, Chair of the Arts Council and Dr Nazih Eldin, Head of Health Promotion at the HSE.
Artsandhealth.ie is an independent, national arts and health website developed by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create (the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts). The development of the website was initiated and funded by the Arts Council as an important element in implementing its Arts and Health Policy, which was published in December 2010.
The website provides a resource and focal point for arts and health in Ireland via information, support, advice and news, and generates discussion between artists, arts organisations, health service users, carers, healthcare professionals and others interested in the dynamic area of arts and health.
Note: The image from artsandhealth.ie, which is featured on Arts Council home page, comes from ‘The Amulet’ project by Marie Brett at Cork University Maternity Hospital (2009-2011). Photo by Marie Brett.