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Arts and Health: Evaluating Collaborative Practice with Susanne Burns

Evaluating arts + health collaborative practice

Create in partnership with Waterford Healing Arts Trust held this one-day continuing professional development workshop facilitated by Susanne Burns on October 31, 2012 in Trinity College, Dublin.

The following resources were used in the workshop:

Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop Handouts

Additional Material

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust and Create were delighted to work together to co-host this one day learning opportunity for mid-career and established artists of all disciplines who work collaboratively in a range of different settings, including but not exclusively arts and health.

Evaluation can seem daunting to the independent artist so the day sought to provide a step-by-step approach to evaluation from the start of a project, through the project as it develops and to the end when a report may be required.

The workshop was designed to equip artists with the skills to evaluate their own practice in order to ensure the provision of high quality experiences to participants. It helped artists to generate evidence of the efficacy of their work and encouraged artists to consider how evaluation can inform their practice and their own development .The hands-on workshop consisted of presentations, group exercises and discussions.

Workshop Facilitator: Susanne Burns

The workshop was facilitated by Susanne Burns who is a senior arts leader, freelance management consultant and trainer with 28 years of senior management experience in the cultural sector in the UK. Her work has encompassed dance, theatre, music and the visual arts.

She has led several major evaluation projects including the longitudinal evaluation of In Harmony Liverpool and a major national youth dance intervention, Next Steps. She is currently evaluating Arts and Health programmes for Merseyside Primary Care Trust and a youth arts programme at Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art.  

She is currently the Project Director for Art Works – a new special initiative led by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.  She has extensive experience of working in Higher Education as she was Head of Management at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts from 1994 -2001 and continues to work as an Associate for the Institute of Cultural Capital in Liverpool. She has a doctorate from Middlesex University.

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