Réalta shines a light on the transformative and central role the Arts play in Health.
Réalta is the new national resource organisation for arts and health in Ireland, founded on decades of pioneering arts and health practice as Waterford Healing Arts Trust and the encyclopaedic knowledge/insight gathered under artsandhealth.ie. Réalta’s vision is for the arts to be embedded into the provision of healthcare in Ireland. Our mission is to lead the development of the arts and health sector in Ireland through support, promotion and advancement, and the demonstration of excellence in artistic delivery.
Réalta exists to illuminate health paths. As well as advice, mentoring and support for artists and healthcare professionals involved in arts and health practice, we host regular Continuous Professional Development talks and workshops. And provide opportunities for peer-to-peer knowledge sharing through networking and events.
As the national body for arts and health in Ireland, our goal is to increase and improve awareness of the value of arts and health, and advocate for the sector’s development. In particular, we will inform/engage with government, policymakers and funders to ensure wider arts and health policy adoption and more effective local funding of its practice.
We are honoured to showcase and inspire arts and health practice through our ongoing management of the pioneering Waterford Healing Arts and the comprehensive artsandhealth.ie, our incredible resource website, packed with fresh ideas, examples and insights from Ireland and overseas.
Réalta ‘puts Ireland at the forefront of the global arts and health movement’
The establishment of Réalta, the National Body for Arts + Health in Ireland, puts Ireland at the forefront of the global arts and health movement, according to Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead at the World Health Organisation. Mr Bailey was speaking at the official launch by Waterford Healing Arts Trust of Réalta on Friday 3 March 2023 in Waterford. Other speakers included Prof. Kevin Rafter, Chairperson of the Arts Council, Grace O’Sullivan, MEP and Patron of Waterford Healing Arts, Catherine Drea, Chairperson, Réalta and Claire Meaney, Director of Réalta.
Waterford Healing Arts Trust announces the launch of Réalta, the National Body for Arts + Health in Ireland
Waterford Healing Arts Trust is pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of Réalta, the national body for arts and health in Ireland. Réalta is being established to strengthen the arts and health sector in Ireland and provide a central resource for all those...
Experience: Arts, Health & the Older Person
Experience 2022: An Introduction to Arts, Health and the Older Person, an online learning programme, has been announced by Age & Opportunity, Waterford Healing Arts Trust and Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre. Taking place over three mornings from Wednesday 7 to...
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