Welcome to the Artist’s Handbook. The idea came into being on a spring afternoon in Swansea during a meeting of Arts, Health and Wellbeing practitioners and organisers. Many felt their first experiences of working in hospitals would have been greatly aided and enhanced, had they been introduced from the outset to the complexities of the environment, its staff and patients, policies, protocols, contracts and so on. This guide has been produced by a small team of individuals who have shared their understanding of these issues from different positions within the field of Arts and Health. We are grateful for funding from Artworks Cymru.
It’s a working document which we hope you will find helpful. Your help in keeping the document current and accurate is welcome. If you find anything that needs correcting then please let us know by emailing us.
04 Chapter 1 Understanding the NHS in Wales 07 Chapter 2 Employment issues and Preparation 16 Chapter 3 Commissions and working with Capital Planning 25 Chapter 4 Artists in Residence 28 Chapter 5 Participatory work with staff and patients 38 Chapter 6 Evaluation and Research as part of Arts projects 43 Chapter 7 What Healthcare Staff need to know when working with an Artist 45 Appendix Example Contracts and Consent forms and Other useful links