A better connected sector for all

Among Réalta’s long-term goals is a better connected arts and health sector, leading to improved efficiency and higher overall standards nationally. To this end, Réalta provides a layered and integrated networking programme, supporting artists, arts and health practitioners and healthcare professionals. This approach aims to promote the exchange of ideas, connection and increased good practice across health contexts and artforms.

Expanding Arts in Healthcare

Réalta is continuing to deliver Expanding Arts in Healthcare, a national programme of networking and professional development supports for healthcare professionals, and complementary initiatives that cultivate and support the arts, health and wellbeing ecosystem in Ireland. The programme is supported by the HSE, the Arts Council, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (Creative Ireland Programme) and the Department of Health (Healthy Ireland Programme) and led by Réalta/


Peer Support Network

Together with the Expanding Arts in Healthcare partners, Réalta is exploring the logistics and sustainability of developing an Arts in Healthcare Peer Support Network for healthcare professionals and arts practitioners involved or interested in bringing arts activities to healthcare settings. The peer support network will provide practitioners with opportunities for peer support and advice, to exchange ideas and expertise, and share challenges they are experiencing.

In addition, Réalta is a founder member of Arts & Health Co-ordinators Ireland (AHCI), a professional support network of arts and health managers.