Research & Publications

Research and Publications

The National Centre for Arts and Health is funded to carry out Arts and Health research by The Meath Foundation. Staff at the Centre are engaged in research and evaluation as well as devising and delivering Continuing Professional Development courses for arts and health practitioners and medical staff. The Centre is also available for consultation and advice. Current research interests include aesthetic deprivation in hospital; the role of the arts for older people; participative and receptive arts; music and health; art therapy and chronic pain and developing professional training for artists in healthcare settings.

Research News

Links to 4 Year Review 2015-2018 and CAT Evaluation 2019:

NCAH at TUH: Arts and Health Programme: 4 Year Review 2015-2018!ZZMFR4

Creative Arts Therapies Service – External Evaluation 2019  CHI at Tallaght prepared by Anne Eustace

Researchers at the National Centre for Arts and Health are delighted to announce three new publications:

O'Neill, A. and H. Moss (2015). "A Community Art Therapy Group for Adults With Chronic Pain." Journal of the American Art Therapy Association 32(4): 158 - 167.

Khan, W., I. Mohamad Onn Yap, et al. (2015). "Perceptions of music therapy for older people among healthcare professionals." BMJ Medical Humanities (in press)

Moss, H. The Modern Curator in Hospital (unpublished report).

For more information or copies of these papers please contact

Newsletter no 1 - Dec 2015

Dementia Friendly Hospitals.pdf (size 6.8 MB)

Dementia Friendly Hospitals - supported by the Meath Foundation


Please view National Centre for Arts and Health Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals here! Publication list.pdf (size 36.9 KB)Publication list.pdf (size 36.9 KB)

A selection of publications are listed here. For copies of any publications or more information please contact


The annual reports features a number of highlights from each year's programme and provide a good overview of the work of the National Centre for Arts and Health.

Over the last decade, the Arts Programme in Tallaght University Hospital has evolved to provide not only a substantial arts and health programme, but also national leadership in academic and practical development of this important aspect of health. The programme, now encompassed as the National Centre for Arts and Health, has engaged in collaboration with major cultural institutions in the State, including the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the National Gallery of Ireland, NUI-Maynooth and RUA RED Arts Centre.

Annual Reports

Departmental Reports

Professional Development for Artists

The National Centre developed an accredited postgraduate certificate in arts in healthcare settings with Maynooth University. This is the first such accredited course in Arts and Health in Ireland and started for the first time in February 2011.  Currently, the Centre and Maynooth are providing a series of professional development masterclasses to provide students with an understanding of the key theories that inform teaching and learning in adulthood; to provide them with the knowledge and skills to work creatively with groups; to give them the capacity to critically reflect on their practice in the field of arts and health and to give them an understanding of what ‘arts and health’ is and the role of the arts in healthcare, both theoretical and practical.

Medical Humanities

The Centre actively contributes to the Medical Humanities course at Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine. A new module on Arts and Health was delivered in early 2011 for undergraduate first year medical students and is delivered annually. This course is led by Prof. O’Neill and is a new medical humanities component on the undergraduate medical degree course.

Mask making workshop for medical students exploring mental illness.

Staff workshops

Staff involvement in the arts at Tallaght University Hospital is very important. Whilst our primary aim is to improve the aesthetic environment for patients, we run a number of staff arts experiences and workshops throughout the year. For more information or to get involved in staff arts experiences please contact any the Centre.

Previous arts for staff experiences include:

  • A therapeutic writing course for staff members lead by Mr Padraig O'Morain,
  • A staff tour of Rua Red and a collaboration with the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
  • Staff experiential work shops also included a Fascinator Making Workshop and Stained Glass Decorations, facilitated by artist Lucia Barnes.
  • A creative writing course for staff facilitated by writer in residence Michael McCarthy Staff art exhibitions.