From The Groundswell Project

Ward Without Walls, an arts and health partnership between The Groundswell Project and Liverpool Hospital Palliative Care Ward, seeks expressions of interest for the 2020 Creative Legacy Program. Creative Legacy is a multi-form arts program engaging creatives to make legacy pieces with patients, families and friends in an acute health care setting with people living and dying with chronic illness. As we know, the arts can improve social, health and well-being outcomes for the entire hospital community, positively affecting stress levels and coping. Creative Legacy, as a program under Ward Without Walls, won the 2019 SWS Quality Innovation award and became an official Beneficiary for Dry July’s 2020 campaign.

We’re looking for up to 7 creatives who can adapt their practice towards legacy making with patients and their families/friends currently being cared for on the Palliative Care wards of Liverpool and Camden Hospital. Ideas and proposals from all disciplines are welcome as long as your artform is accessible to a broad audience. Legacy pieces will be made in response to time spent talking with people on the ward about key moments, meaning, people and places in their lives. The piece itself then needs to be produced in a short period of time in order to be able to offer the program to as many people as possible, without losing any artistic integrity. The piece is gifted back to the person, or their next of kin, along with an audio recording of the conversation you had together. With a focus on story, strengths, quality of life and well-being, the residency reflects public health palliative care principles.

Rumeneration: if successful, $300 per 6 hour day.

Requirements: * Have the necessary interpersonal skills *Can demonstrate creative excellence * Can easily imagine how to capture key life moments of connection, strength, freedom, etc over conventional success * Have their own smartphone and plug-in earphones, and access to a computer. (Legacy sessions are recorded on phones and transferred to USB via a computer) * Have an ABN

Timeline Expressions of interest due 13th March 2020 * Attendance at Creative Legacy Workshop 16th of March 2020 * One on one interviews with project lead week of 23rd of March 2020 *Successful residents notified 30th of March 2020 *April orientation and commencement

For more information please email grace@thegroundswellproject.com

Posted by Dr Claire Hooker
Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney
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