(Monday) 10:00 - 10:30
Gwen Stevenson: The Heart of Living & Dying The use of art has an important role in transforming capacity to cope with bereavement and open
Gwen Stevenson: The Heart of Living & Dying
The use of art has an important role in transforming capacity to cope with bereavement and open up a healthier public conversation about death. Since 2017, I have been Artist Witness to a series of events called ‘The Heart of Living & Dying’, run by Southern Health & Social Care Trust, North. Ireland. These events offer the general public an opportunity to engage in Advance Care Planning conversation. I listen to the heart of what is being said and reflect what I hear in a piece of visual art sent to participants as a keepsake of the experience and a prompt to revisit the conversation with others.
Speakers for this event
Gwen Stevenson is a socially engaged artist/engineer working across the disciplines of art, technology and behavioural science to create highly sensory installations, environments and experiences that promote wellness and healing and that contribute towards positive change for a fairer and more sustainable world. Many agencies across Northern Ireland have commissioned her work with communities, organisations and individuals on difficult issues of a social, political, or environmental nature including the Public Health Agency, Arts Care NI, Health & Social Care Trusts, Local Government, Women’s Aid, Youth Action NI and Community Arts Partnership Gwen has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions in South America, Russia and Ireland. In 2006, she was joint overall winner of the Claremorris Open Exhibition and was awarded the Embassy of Ireland, Argentina, Estudio Abierto Award. In 2003, she was awarded the Higher Education and Training Awards National Prize for the Most Outstanding Student