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Creative Brain Week 2024

Grainne, I’m pasting the text from your Linkedin post here for now, along with the pics and radio interview file. To be decided how to present and title this, with regard to funders and partners.

This week I had the privilege of meeting Chris Bailey, World Health Organization Arts & Health lead, during one of his visits in Ireland as part of Creative Brain Week, including to a project by Music & Health Ireland. It was an enlightening experience to witness his genuine appreciation for the impact of our visit and that of the value of professional musicians trained to work in Nursing Homes.

Chris’s insights echoed my own sentiments as a musician working in these environments. The nuances of our training and the depth of our interactions with residents often go unnoticed to outsiders and funders. Yet, as Chris aptly highlighted, our role is far more than just entertainment—it’s about fostering connection and hope through music.

Meeting someone as influential as Chris, who not only sees but truly understands the importance of our work, was incredibly validating. His advocacy for recognising the significance of arts in health resonated deeply with me, reaffirming the value of what we do as musicians in healthcare.

It is a never-ending cycle of project pilots and piecemeal short-term funding for this work . Let’s keep advocating for the integration of arts into Healthcare Policy and through strategic and long-term funding.

Check out the radio interview below, in which Chris Bailey, Arts & Health Lead at WHO, spoke with Pat Kenny about the arts and health in clinical settings around Ireland.

Disability Participation & Awareness Fund Award

We are delighted to share that we have been selected as an awardee in Strand 3 – Arts and Cultural Activities of the Disability Participation and Awareness Fund, a fantastic initiative by Rethink Ireland and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY). The Disability Participation and Awareness Fund will support 20 innovative […]

National Concert Hall hosts Children’s Music Programme

The Community Foundation for Ireland has decided to support a three year music programme for kids in three Children’s Hospitals to the tune of €60,000. The programme, entitled ‘Kid’s Classics’ which began in January 2011, sees three National Concert Hall musicians provide interactive music workshops on a monthly basis in Our Lady’s Children Hospital, Crumlin, […]

Grainne Hope interviewed by Ryan Tubridy

In August 2021, cellist Gráinne Hope spoke to Ryan Tubridy about her initiative to take music off the concert stage and into the hearts of communities, to children’s hospitals and nursing homes all around the country. She detailed her great work bringing music to children in hospital by filling the corridors and wards with classical […]

The Tea, Chats and Tunes Project

Covid protocols have created physical distance between families who have a loved one in a nursing home or healthcare setting. This has created 12 months of cumulative stress, especially when spouses and partners are separated and unable to physically connect. Global restrictions on travel have added enormous stress to some residents with children living in […]

Gráinne Hope announced as Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health 2020-2021

In September 2020, a new group of emerging interprofessional leaders joined a global movement to protect the world’s population from threats to brain health: the 2020–21 Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI). Hailing from nineteen countries spanning Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe—and from various disciplines including […]


Gráinne Hope announced as a Clore Fellow 2018/19

Gráinne Hope, Artistic Director of Kids’ Classics, has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship to take part in the Clore Cultural Leadership programme 2018/2019. Kids’ Classics provides music-making opportunities in healthcare, education and community settings. The Clore Fellowship is a unique programme of cultural leadership development that seeks to enrich and transform cultural practice and engagement. Each […]

Spotlight: Arts Committee in University Hospital Limerick

This month’s Spotlight is on the Arts Committee in University Hospital Limerick. Mary Liston, Assistant Director of Nursing, Cancer Services Business Unit at UL Hospitals Group, is a member of the Committee and tells us about the programme of cultural activities being developed within the hospital. The Arts Committee I have been a member of the Arts […]