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For Arts & Health South West: August 2015
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Director's View August 2015

In my blog I have written a short piece about a work-in-progress that I saw at the Wellcome Collection a couple of weeks ago. The Barometer of my Heart is a participatory performance project about erectile dysfunction and its relationship to cardiovascular disease, a collaboration between artist Mark Storor and producer Anna Ledgard. Mark worked closely with consultant endocrinologist Dr Leighton Seal and you can watch a film of Mark and Leighton discussing the project here. There is more information in a news item below.


As many of you will know, we have been in discussions regionally and nationally about Arts on Prescription and the possibility of developing coordinated frameworks for delivery and evaluation. In the wider health and social care landscape, social prescribing is being explored as a mechanism for health professionals to engage with community providers across a range of services such as: physical activity, peer support, horticulture and welfare support. Jules Ford’s work in Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group on the Cultural Commissioning Programme has been extremely helpful in informing our thinking and AHSW is now developing ideas for a regional approach to support arts and cultural organisations, and artists, to be part of social prescribing initiatives; or, in areas where there are none, to stimulate activity. We will be discussing it further at a meeting in September with our sub-regional leads (http://www.ahsw.org.uk/SRN.aspx); and we are meeting with Public Health England South West and the South West Forum with a view to integrating our work into wider health and social care developments.


Following the very successful Peninsula Public Health Network conference, ‘The Art of Creating Health and Wellbeing’, at Buckfast Abbey in March, we decided to take this year’s AHSW annual conference to the same venue. Although the location may discourage some of you from attending, we hope that it will attract many from the west of the region who might not have been able to travel to our conferences in Bristol and Taunton. The annual conference is on November 17th and the programme will focus on the arts and Public Health; and arts and health evaluation. We will showcase some of the best work from the region and, as in previous years, we hope some of you will contribute a ‘Provocation’. Jackie will be doing a call out for suggestions soon.


I will be in Spain when this Ebulletin goes out and back at the end of the month. I hope you all have a great summer.
 
Alex

      
   News  
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Music 'reduces pain and anxiety' for surgery patients

Listening to music before, during and after an operation can help reduce pain, according to a review.
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Music 'reduces pain and anxiety' for surgery patients
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Hospital project is music to patients ears

Patients in Yeovil and Dorchester are set to benefit from an exciting new project to bring live music into their hospitals, thanks to a £15k award from the Arts Council of England.
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Hospital project is music to patients  ears
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   Other new articles include:
 

LATA 65

Lisbon is Subverting Street Art Cliches Through Creative Workshops for Older People

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Can Music Help People With Epilepsy?

Scans show brainwaves of those with disorder appear to synchronize with music

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   Events  
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The Barometer of My Heart

What is it to be a man today?
Read more

 
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Live and Learn Symposium: A Celebration of Arts & Older People

A day of celebration of arts activity with, by and for older people. 
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Strike A Light Festival - ARTS AND HEALTH DAY

Strike A Light is a new festival bringing world class theatre and live entertainment to Gloucester.
Read more

 
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   Evidence  
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 Research
 

Music as an aid for postoperative recovery in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis

A systematic review and meta-analysis to assess whether music improves recovery after surgical procedures.
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   Opportunities  
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 Training and CPD
 

The Art of Fundraising

A good course if you have an idea for a creative project and want support on where to go to get funding and how to maximise your chances of getting it.
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Creative Facilitation Skills

This one-day course led by experienced practitioners of socially engaged art covers the core skills needed to work as a facilitator.
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   Opportunities  
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 Funding Opportunities
 

Creative Fund

A new arts funding project, supporting artists, practitioners, performers and societies in Bath and the surrounding areas...
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CCG invites grant applications from arts and culture organisations

Funding for Gloucestershire projects showing positive impact on health and wellbeing
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Core funding and free training for health charities

GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health.
Read more

 
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 And Finally

 
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Provocations

As Alex mentioned, the annual conference will again feature members' Provocations, which have been a popular addition to the conference timetable in the last 2 years. There will be 6 Provocations of 10 minutes each; no powerpoints or handouts required. 

If you would like to contribute a Provocation, please email me an outline of what you want to talk about and we'll select the six most provocative.
 
Happy soggy August
 
Jackie

 

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