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

Thank you to everyone who was involved in our Annual Conference last week. Several people commented on the wonderful atmosphere at the event and that is down to all of you. The keynotes were incredibly strong and moving presentations and we were struck by the synergy between them.
 
Paul Dieppe, Emeritus Professor of Health and Wellbeing at Exeter University, gave us a challenging, inspiring and amusing argument for the importance of the arts in increasing wellbeing. It was a call to action to join forces with ‘rogue’ doctors (his words) such as himself to challenge the dominant biomedical model in medicine, and be part of a much greater movement for a holistic approach to healing.
 
Debbie Geraghty, Director of Plymouth Music Zone, spoke eloquently about the subtle and intangible impact of music on the most vulnerable, the complexity of measuring that impact and research work they are doing with people who can’t speak, whether because of brain damage, stroke or other conditions and disabilities, where music can become another language and conduit for communicating experience.
 
Viv Gordon, dance artist, talked of her personal experience of mental illness, her journey through the creative process and the challenge of creating work about her own story (you can find her presentation here). We saw a short and enticing film about I am Joan and we will let you know when the show is on tour next year (we have put a diary event up on the website which will be updated with dates and venues, so you can keep track of when the show will be touring).
 
I can’t list everyone who delighted us with a ‘Provocation’ but they demonstrated the extraordinary range and complexity of work going on across the region. I came away feeling very proud to be part of it.
 

If you were at the conference you will know that the AHSW Prize 2016 is now live for entries. Further information can be found here. Summaries of last year’s case studies on Dementia and Mental Health can now be downloaded from the website.

 
Don’t forget the Cultural Commissioning event on Dementia and the Arts on December 11th in Bristol. I hope to see some of you there.
 
Alex

      
   News  
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Fears of Arts Cuts Dispelled in Spending Review

Arts funding will be protected from cuts as Chancellor George Osborne declares culture one of the “best investments we can make” 
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Fears of Arts Cuts Dispelled in Spending Review
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Job Opportunity (short deadline): Research Associate, King's College London

Closing Date for applications: November 29th    (Part of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing's Enquiry)  
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Job Opportunity (short deadline): Research Associate, King's College London
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Call for Papers: Arts and Dementia (deadline 16th July 2016)

The First International Research Conference on the Arts and Dementia will take place in March 2017. A call for papers has now been issued.
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Call for Papers: Arts and Dementia (deadline 16th July 2016)
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The Arts & Health South West Prize 2016 is now open for submissions!

Sponsored by the Fine Family Foundation  
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The Arts & Health South West Prize 2016 is now open for submissions!
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Arts Development UK Arts, Health and Wellbeing Seminar 1 December 2015

Arts Development UK is hosting a national seminar on December 1st, aimed at people involved in both policy and practice related to arts, health and wellbeing commissioning and service provision.
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Arts Development UK Arts, Health and Wellbeing Seminar   1 December 2015
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Dementia-Friendly Arts Venue Guide

The Alzheimer’s Society has published new guidance to help arts venues to make their facilities and services more accommodating for people affected by dementia.
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Dementia-Friendly Arts Venue Guide
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   Other new pages include:
 

AHSW Annual Conference 2015 archive

This page is where you can access downloadable presentations and papers from our 2015 Annual Conference, including: Speakers' Powerpoint Presentations, Conference Papers (Programme, Biographies, etc), information about the ...

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Men's mental health creative project leader - deadline 8 December

Experienced arts practitioners wanted to lead a men’s mental health creative project (suicide prevention) in Torbay
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 Training and CPD
 

Music and Motherhood: Free creative workshop

The impact of creative interventions on symptoms of postnatal depression. Free creative workshop opportunities in West London, starting in January 2016 on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons  
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 And Finally

 
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AHSW Coordinator Handover

Hannah Mumby
 
New AHSW Coordinator Hannah Mumby
 
Jackie Henville has now handed over the responsibilities of AHSW Coordinator to our new coordinator, Hannah Mumby. We are delighted that Jackie will be staying on with AHSW as finance officer.
 
Also - a little alert to sat that, as part of our Coordinator changeover, AHSW's telephone number will also be changing in December, and will no longer be 01305 269081. We will send out information about the new telephone number once it is active.
 
 
In the meantime should you need to get in touch, you can contact our new Coordinator Hannah Mumby by email, at info@ahsw.org.uk
 
You can contact Jackie Henville for finance matters at finance@ahsw.org.uk
 

 

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