From January to June 2023, the Art4Knowledge workshop series offered an art therapy intervention to patients with or beyond a cancer diagnosis, families of patients, and clinical trials teams of the UCC Cancer Trials Group, facilitated by the Crawford College of Art and Design (CCAD). Workshop participants were encouraged to reflect on their own experiences, perceptions, and feelings around receiving cancer care and participation in clinical trials (patients/families), and the provision of cancer care (clinical trials teams), which were communicated to each other using creative media. This exhibition showcases some of the artworks produced by participants in the Art4Knowledge workshops.
Art4Knowledge was designed to facilitate those affected by cancer and those working in cancer care to communicate experiences often difficult to put into words. The Art4Knowledge workshops were facilitated by CCAD MA in Art Therapy final year students Shelly O’Connor and Julie Horgan, with the open goal of being supportive to the emerging needs of each client group throughout the project. The sessions aimed to break down barriers between patients with cancer, families of patients, and clinical trials teams. Through creative expression, the project became an innovative way to learn about the human experience and build bridges of communication within cancer care.