Usher’s Island, Dublin 8

John Conway, Director of Other People’s Practices

What is Other People’s Practices?

Other People’s Practices is an artists residency and research project that supports professional artists to produce collaborative, socially engaged projects in Usher’s Island, a post/semi-post forensic mental healthcare setting. Usher’s Island is a National Forensic Mental Health Service community centre for recovered and recovering service users of the Central Mental Hospital.


Other People’s Practices is a partnership between John Conway, The National Forensic Mental Health Service, National College of Art and Design and Waterford Healing Arts Trust. It is funded by Creative Ireland's National Creativity Fund.


New content emerging from artist engagements will be added to this site over the course of the residencies.


About John Conway

John is the director and curator of Other People’s Practices, which is part of a larger body work that John has been researching in the field of forensic mental health care since 2017.


John is a visual artist and cultural producer who works extensively in collaborative community and community arts and health settings. His practice seeks to investigate the role and capacity of visual art, and the artist, in non-traditional settings. These enquiries take place through collaborative projects that engage target participants in dialogue around the potential and value of visual arts in relation to their specific set of circumstances.


His practice seeks to equip target communities with the necessary skills and guidance to devise and produce artwork based on their collective findings, and supports participants to critique the context and means of production. John also produces solo work based on his research and responses to scenarios encountered through his working processes.


How to get in contact


Instagram: @other_peoples_practices


A series of artist residencies based in Usher’s Island, Dublin 8