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For Arts & Health South West: September 2015
AHSW
 

Director's View September 2015

You will have received the News Flash announcing that Jackie is retiring from the post of AHSW Coordinator at the end of November. We are, however, very pleased that she has agreed to continue as our free-lance Finance Manager. The information about the post is now available on the website and the deadline for applications is October 16th.
 
Please do take a look and pass the link on to anyone you think might be interested. It is an exciting time to get more involved in the world of arts, health and wellbeing. There are many challenges associated with the current financial constraints and cuts to public sector budgets, but also many new developments in both research and practice that are generating a sense of optimism and energy.
 
I have written many times about arts on prescription and it is still high on our agenda. This week I attended the Cultural Commissioning conference ‘The Art of Social Prescribing’ in Liverpool. The papers and presentations will soon be available on the Cultural Commissioning website.  For the event, I updated the AHSW Arts on Prescription Fact Sheet which you can access here. Next week the sub-regional network leads meet to discuss a project we are developing to support arts and cultural organisations across the region to engage with social prescribing initiatives.
 
We are partners in another Cultural Commissioning event, this time in Bristol, on December 11th. It will be on creative approaches to improve dementia care. The event is primarily aimed at commissioners to raise awareness of the potential of the arts to meet their commissioning priorities. If you know, or are a commissioner for dementia services please do spread the word.
 
Please get in touch if you have an idea for a ‘Provocation’ at the AHSW annual conference on November 17th and I look forward to seeing you there.
 
Alex

      
   News  
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National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing

Update


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National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing
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"The arts make us well-rounded, questioning, lateral-thinking people"

Singer Sarah Connolly argues that the government neglects arts education and funding at its peril.
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Why making art is the new meditation

“Art is a guarantee to sanity.” Louise Bourgeois

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   Events  
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"Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?"

An exhibition investigating the connections between medication, creativity and health.
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Creativity and Wellbeing 2016 - upload your events

LAHF has announced the dates for Creativity and Wellbeing 2016 and Creativity and Wellbeing Plus. Add your events early to avoid clashes.
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Everyone an Artist? A Symposium

A one-day Symposium investigating connections between culture, society, health and wellbeing.
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Do you see what I see? Visual Arts Training for Health Care Professionals

Learning objectives for this observational skills workshop include enhancing clinicians’ observational skills.
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Creative approaches to improve dementia care

This event will highlight the positive impact that arts and cultural interventions are having on people affected by dementia, their families and carers.

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Livewell Arts Festival 2015 - Plymouth

Promoting mental health, wellbeing and recovery via cultural and creative arts.

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Plymouth International Book Festival: Reasons To Stay Alive

Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed ...

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RUH Exhibitions: Time and Place

Contemporary artists inspired by Somerset

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   Evidence  
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 Research
 

The Contribution of Community Singing Groups to the WellBeing of Older People: Participant Perspectives

Research from the Silver Song Club Project


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The Contribution of Community Singing Groups to the WellBeing of Older People: Participant Perspectives
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Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of community singing on mental health-related quality of life of older people: randomised controlled trial

Research from the Silver Song Club Project


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Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of community singing on mental health-related quality of life of older people: randomised controlled trial
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Arts on Prescription (or Arts on Referral)

Arts on Prescription, sometimes know as Arts on Referral, is a type of social prescribing. In social prescribing there is a referral process whereby health ...

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   Opportunities  
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The Lumen: call for Submissions; deadline 4 December 2015

New prose, poetry, essays, articles, reviews and artwork on 'Trauma' for Summer 2016 Issue 
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 Work
 

Re-Found Sound - musicians wanted

Opportunities for established musicians to play in hospitals and deliver workshops, and for trainee musicians to develop their skills with BSO.
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Arts & Health South West - Co-ordinator: deadline 16/10

Jackie is retiring and so we need to find a new co-ordinator who is passionate about arts and health and who can support the administrative side of the organisation.
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 Training and CPD
 

Arts for Health Cornwall Bitesize training

AFHC's popular bitesize training programme is back for the 8th time. For a complete guide to designing and delivering your own arts and health projects come along to all of the sessions – or pick and choose the courses that are right for you.
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Creativity Work's Creative Conversation: What is Socially Engaged Art?

Leading thinker and practitioner of situation-specific public art, Hannah Hull, reflects on what is meant by socially engaged art and how it links to movements in visual and performance art and culture. 
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 And Finally

 
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AHSW Conference

Alex mentioned the conference and I just wanted to encourage you to come; apart from the great programme, the venue is wonderful! Buckfast Abbey is beautiful - even in November in the rain, so please do come if you can. We are looking forward to seeing some new faces this year as it should be an easier journey for people from the West of the region. 
 
There will be tables for leaflets or perhaps a larger display about your organisation or project. If you would like one, please contact me on info@ahsw.org.uk.
 
Also, it will be my last conference as Co-ordinator so I hope to see as many of you there as possible as I'd like to go out on a high!
 
Click here and book now!
 
All the best
 
Jackie

 

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