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For Arts & Health South West: January 2016
AHSW
 

Director's View January 2016

Happy New Year to all 1600 of you!
 
We have new members signing up every day and interest in arts, health and wellbeing is flourishing, notwithstanding the challenges many of those working in the field face.
 
The first-stage entries for the AHSW Prize are now in. We have received far fewer than last year and so have decided to extend the deadline to 5:00pm on February 15th in the hope that more of you will be able to rustle up 500 words! It may be that offering the Prize every year is just too frequent and it should be biennial. The prize is a whopping £5000 for an organisation and £1000 for an individual. You can enter here.
 
As you are probably aware, we were successful in securing funding, on behalf of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, from the Wellcome Trust and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to support the All Party Parliamentary Group’s Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The Inquiry is being delivered in collaboration with King’s College London and in partnership with the Royal Society for Public Health’s Special Interest Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing and Guy’s and St Thomas’s Charity.
 
Our researcher, Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, has now started work and is based at King’s College London. You may have seen Rebecca’s recent research for the AHRC Cultural Value project on the long term health benefits of participating in the arts:
https://longitudinalhealthbenefits.wordpress.com/.
 
I have written a blog with more on the Inquiry here.
 
We have just heard the good news that we were successful in our bid to Arts Council England for Strategic Touring funds to support the Outside In South West project. This brings together Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, Poole Museum, The Wilson in Cheltenham and Outside In, and will support South West artists who feel they face barriers to the art world to develop their working practice and networks. It will also help the museums to connect with local arts and health, health and social care providers and practitioners.
 
We will work with the participating artists and Artists First in Bristol to produce audio tours and films, and will incorporate the voice and perspective of learning disabled artists in the interpretation of the exhibition. The first exhibition will be at Bristol Museum to coincide with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference in 2017.
 
Lots of work to do!
 
Alex
 

      
   News  
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Falmouth Artist Travels to USA to look at the Impact of Creative Engagement for Elders

Laura Menzies is an artist who lives in Falmouth, Cornwall. She recently completed a six week Travel Fellowship to North America where she learnt about the value of creative engagement for older people and how it can help to improve health and well-being. 
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Falmouth Artist Travels to USA to look at the Impact of Creative Engagement for Elders
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Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Opportunities - out now!

The Gloucestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is pleased to invite VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) organisations to apply for two forthcoming CCG grant programme opportunities. Closing date: 21 February 2016
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Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Opportunities - out now!
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Call for information: Arts Coordinator Posts in Hospitals

Jessica Kent, Arts for Health Lead at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare, is seeking information from anyone working in Arts Coordinator or Arts for Health posts within hospital settings, to help support regional post development.
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Call for information: Arts Coordinator Posts in Hospitals
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Culture Capital Exchange Launch Pilot Project: 'The National Academics and Creatives Exchange'

The Exchange will work towards establishing a national network through which artists, creatives and researchers can develop mutually beneficial relationships and break down barriers to collaboration.
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Culture Capital Exchange Launch Pilot Project: 'The National Academics and Creatives Exchange'
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Invitation to an Exhibition of artwork made during HeART of Stroke Study

An Exhibition from 25th-29th January 2016. The HeART of Stroke study is a feasibility study of Arts  and Health groups with people following a stroke, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
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Invitation to an Exhibition of artwork made during HeART of Stroke Study
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New Issue: Doll Hospital - Art and Literature Journal on Mental Health

Doll Hospital is a bi-annual art and literature pop culture journal on the topic of mental health, featuring illlustration, comics, poetry and fiction. The creators explore how notions of ...

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Living Well Community Mental Health Project

The ‘Living Well’ project aims to use creative arts workshops and more to improve the well-being of local people across Dorset aged 19+ who are experiencing mild to ...

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NICE Guidance for Older People Includes Arts

New guidance from NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends that the NHS should provide opportunities for older people to engage in ...

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Newman University Drama Department Secure Grant to Work with Sick Children in Hosptitals

Dr Persephone Sextou (MA Contemporary Theatre Practice, 1992) at Newman University has helped to secure a grant from BBC Children in Need to develop its ...

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   Events  
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Changing Minds Arts & Wellbeing Festival at The Southbank Centre

It's likely that you know someone who has experienced a mental health problem, yet talking about these issues can still be taboo. Look more closely at mental health and the arts at the Southbank Centre's weekend festival.
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Art and Wellbeing Seminar: the growing impact of arts on health

London School of Economics is hosting a seminar looking at how engagement with the arts can increase wellbeing, with individual talks from science journalist Vivienne Parry and health economist David McDaid.
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Arts and Health Showcase: 5 February 2016

A showcase for health commissioners of 24 arts in health programmes will take place at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 5 February.
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New Exhibitions at the RUH - Spring 2016

From 22nd January - 14th April there will be an exciting programme of three new exhibitions at Art at the Heart of the RUH, open 7 ...

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Open Doors event in Gloucester Guildhall for 16-24 year olds

Gloucester Guildhall is opening its doors, giving young people aged 16-24 the chance to meet the team behind the city's thriving entertainment venue, with the opportunity ...

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Therapeutic Art Sessions

A friendly community art group run by Rachel Leach. Meet like minded people and explore different media and techniques, suitable for all levels and all materials ...

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Information and Advice Surgeries 2016 - Purbeck Area

Dorset Community Action supports community groups, charities and social enterprises in Dorset. If you would benefit from some free information and advice, there will be free Surgeries held during 2016 in the Purbeck area.   
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Information and Advice Surgeries 2016 - Purbeck Area
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Invitation to Submit Abstracts to Arts & Ethics Stream for IAB 2016 Conference

Deadline 5pm Friday 22nd Jan 2016. The 13th World Congress of the International Association of Bioethics will be held in Edinburgh in 14 -17 June 2016.  The Congress theme is Individuals, Public Interests and Public Goods: What is the contribution of bioethics? 
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Invitation to Submit Abstracts to Arts & Ethics Stream for IAB 2016 Conference
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 Work
 

Writing Places Writer in Residence in Agatha Christie's Greenway

A fantastic residency opportunity in Greenway, the holiday home of Agatha Christie, deadline 31st Jan 2016.
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Writing Places Writer in Residence in Agatha Christie's Greenway
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 Training and CPD
 

Evidencing Need For Funding - Training session

Developing your evidence of need is an essential part of developing a successful project. Dorset Community Action will be running a 2 hour training session covering "Evidencing Need For Funding" on 3rd February 2016
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Free Musicians CPD Workshop 27th February - Creating Musical Concerts for Early Years

Workshop suitable for musicians at any level with an interest in Early Years. Babigloo is a research project looking at new ways of presenting music ...

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 And Finally...

 
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Submissions on the theme of Museums and Wellbeing

Happy New Year everyone!
 
We have decided to create a themed e-bulletin every 2-3 months, to give the information we send to you more of a focus.
 
Next month our e-bulletin will be focusing on Museums and Wellbeing, and I would strongly encourage anyone currently working in this area to get in touch with me at info@ahsw.org.uk or by calling 01392 793877.
 
I will be looking to create news items and features, publicise events and share any thoughts, experiences or knowledge you may have in the area of Museums and Wellbeing. I would also welcome contributions from people doing work linked to Art Galleries and Wellbeing.
 
We hope doing this will help to connect up practitioners in the South West and create dialogues around this topic in order to share knowledge, ideas and best practice.
 
If you have any questions or would like to talk through an idea, please get in touch using the details above.
 
My office hours for AHSW are Wednesdays - Fridays, 9am-5pm. If you would like to leave a message outside those hours, I will get back to you.
 
Best wishes for the rest of this chilly month!
 
Hannah 
(Coordinator, AHSW)

 

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