Experience 2023: An Introduction to Arts, Health & the Older Person learning programme

The programme for Experience 2023: An Introduction to Arts, Health and the Older Person has been announced by Age & Opportunity and Réalta, the National Body for Arts + Health in Ireland. 

Taking place on Thursday 7 December at the Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts Centre for Arts + Health, University Hospital Waterford, this is the first time for Experience to take place in person, having been an online learning programme for the last two years.  Designed for arts practitioners interested in this area, over the course of the day, Experience 2023 will aim to outline the essential elements involved in working with older people in an arts and health context, and will feature presentations by some of the most experienced and inspiring practitioners working in this specialised field of practice. 

The Keynote Address will be by consultant geriatrician and author of The Book About Getting Older Dr Lucy Pollock

Further details and booking information from www.ageandopportunity.ie and www.realta.ie or email arts@ageandopportunity.ie  Places are limited to 20 and cost €20.00 each, including lunch. 
The deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is Wednesday 15 November.


Places for Experience 2023: An Introduction to Arts, Health & Older People, which takes place on Thursday 7 December, cost €20, and are open to professional arts practitioners with experience/ interest in participatory arts work in a health context.  Places are limited in order to make this a valuable experience for all participants.  Those interested in participating should email arts@ageandopportunity.ie by Wed 15 November 2023 at 5pm with the following details:
- Expression of interest: Why you would like to participate in this programme and how it will benefit your practice (50-100 words)
- Summary of participatory work to date (50-100 words)
- Your CV/resume showing your arts practice and arts participation experience

Selected participants will be notified by 22 November and sent the link to complete their booking.


Welcoming Warm Up:
- Liam Merriman, healthcare musician and trainer

Introduction / Setting the Scene:
- Tara Byrne, Arts Programme Manager, Age & Opportunity
- Claire Meaney, Director, Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts

Framing & Inspiring / Presentations by:
- Dr Lucy Pollock, consultant geriatrician and author of The Book About Getting Older
- Tess Leak, interdisciplinary artist, healthcare and community contexts
- Brian Dooney, Engage Programme Training & Development Facilitator with Age & Opportunity
- Sarah Cairns, Activities Director at Bantry General Hospital
- Liam Merriman, Healthcare Musician and Trainer

Practical Workshops with:
- Ailish Claffey, dance artist, choreographer and curator
- Joanna Hopkins, visual artist

Participant Perspective with:
- Roger Green, participant in Art at the Kitchen Table, managed by Waterford Healing Arts
- Maeve Butler, Assistant Director, Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts

Thought for the Road:
- Performance of extract from On A House Like A Fire, by writer-performer Michelle Read and composer Brian Keegan

More info: from www.ageandopportunity.ie and www.realta.ie or email arts@ageandopportunity.ie  

Experience 2023: An Introduction to Arts, Health and the Older Person is funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.