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Arts and Health Check Up Check In 2020: Taking Risks
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Arts and Health Check Up Check In 2020: Taking Risks

Event · Clinic · Seminar

23, 24 November

Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Check Up Check In
Marielle McLeman Workshop

price & booking
Tickets for Check Up Check In (23rd November) cost €30 including lunch. Tickets for Marielle McLeman's workshop (24th November) are sold out. To join the waiting list, please email your name and phone number to what@hse.ie, putting “Workshop Waiting List” in the subject line.

Taking Risks: Arts + Health Check Up Check In 2020 postponed to November

Due to the ongoing restrictions related to Covid 19, Arts + Health Check Up Check In 2020 has been postponed and will now take place on Monday 23 November at Draíocht in Blanchardstown, Dublin.  The programme for this leading national arts and health event will remain unchanged, with the theme Taking Risks, the keynote address by artistic director, contemporary dance choreographer and healthcare professional Dr Jenny Elliott, and presentations by some of the most innovative and creative practitioners working in arts and health in Ireland today.  Check Up Check In 2020 is open to healthcare professionals, arts practitioners and anyone interested in learning more about this exciting field.  Artist Marielle MacLeman’s workshop entitled Trust, Risk, Recover – The Scope of Navigation has also been re-scheduled and will now take place on Tuesday 24 November at Draíocht.

All attendees who booked for the original dates for Check Up Check In and/or for Marielle MacLeman’s workshop will be contacted directly and offered the opportunity to keep their ticket for the re-scheduled date or to avail of a full refund. 

Announcing the change of date, Claire Meaney, Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, which manages artsandhealth.ie, said “We are very grateful to our event partners Create, Fingal County Council and Draíocht for their fantastic support in re-scheduling our biggest event of the year.  We are also very grateful to all our speakers for facilitating this change.  We look forward to seeing everyone in November and, in the meantime, we wish everyone good health during these challenging times.”


Responding to the event theme Taking Risks, presentations will explore the notion of ‘risk’ for artists compared to healthcare professionals, and the challenge of creating innovative, exciting and inspiring art within the specific context of a health setting.  In her keynote address, Dr Jenny Elliott, artistic director, contemporary dance choreographer and healthcare professional, considers the necessity for artists who practice in healthcare contexts to push boundaries and to engage in experimentation.  Through philosophical consideration and examples from professional practice, she will trace the benefits of risk taking and the deep impact of the arts on wellbeing, reducing practice fatigue among artists and nurses in clinical settings and inducing change in healthcare cultures.  Jenny will further share her vast experience and offer practical advice for negotiating the challenges of working in arts and health in a workshop setting later in the day.

Check Up Check In promotes solidarity among arts and health practitioners.  This national event provides opportunities for participants to share their experiences, exchange ideas and support and inspire each other in their practice through a range of themed presentations, including What’s My Practice?;  Sticking Points: What to do when you get stuck; Other People’s Practices: Dealing with the reality; and Take a chance on me: Public Art and Risk.

The following day, Tuesday 24 November, from 10.30am-12.30pm, artists Steven Anderson and Marielle MacLeman will host a special workshop for arts and health practitioners at Draíocht. Entitled Trust, Risk, Recovery – The Scope of Navigation, Steven and Marielle will collaborate remotely between Glasgow and Draíocht to explore the complexities and interplay of trust and risk in the creative and administrative processes of arts and health practice. Open to all those involved in the delivery of arts and health projects, participants will be invited to consider negotiation and the vulnerabilities of patients, artists and supporting staff – and how outcomes, personal resilience, and relationships are recovered when things don’t go to plan. The workshop will be a safe space for participants to reflect on their experiences.

The workshop will take place at Draíocht, Blanchardstown, with support from Create.  Marielle was the recipient of the 2018 Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award: Collaborative Arts in Health Contexts, managed by Create.


The team from artsandhealth.ie and Waterford Healing Arts Trust will also host advice clinics for anyone working in the area of arts and health on Tuesday 24 November. The clinics will take place at Draíocht and are free of charge but must be booked in advance by contacting what[at]hse.ie



About Dr Jenny Elliott

Dr Jenny Elliott has worked in arts in health development locally and internationally for over 25 years as a contemporary dance choreographer, dancer in residence, healthcare professional, artistic director, lecturer and researcher.  As Artistic Director of Arts Care, she has developed models of health and wellbeing which engage service users and healthcare staff in bespoke dance programmes, in addition to many other arts in health initiatives.  The author of several articles and reports on arts and health, Jenny also contributes to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, health and Wellbeing, Westminster.

About Check Up Check In partners

Check Up Check In 2020 is organised by www.artsandhealth.ie/ Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create, with local partners Fingal County Council Arts Office and Draíocht, and is funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford and other healthcare settings.  WHAT supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website www.artsandhealth.ie

Draíocht is a vibrant and thriving venue for the arts and entertainment in the heart of Blanchardstown, Dublin.  Through its diverse year-round programme of performances and exhibitions, Draíocht is central to the fabric of the community, welcoming 50,000 visitors every year.

Fingal County Council is the administrative local government body for North Dublin and has long recognised the importance of the arts in helping to develop healthy and vibrant communities.  Fingal Arts Office, the arts service of Fingal County Council, delivers a coherent and integrated arts programme for the people of Fingal through a dedicated team of arts officers, a public art co-ordinator and a youth and education officer.


Arts and Health
Draiocht Blanchardstown
Fingal County Council Arts Office