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For Arts & Health South West: February 2016
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Director's View February 2016

Thank you to everyone who entered for the AHSW Prize. We had fourteen eligible applications, and, assuming everyone now sends in a strong case study, there will be a good selection for the judges to consider. The Prize ceremony will be in Bristol, on June 16th, during Creativity and Wellbeing Week. Creativity and Wellbeing Plus is for national and international events and the deadline for getting your project or event in the brochure and marketing campaign is March 11th 2016. Visit the website to find out more.
 
If you don’t have anything planned for June, there will be another opportunity to shine a spotlight on your work in November, which is International Arts and Health month. You can find out more about it here.
 
Arts & Health South West is planning a two-day annual conference on November 24th and 25th 2016, once again in Buckfast Abbey, which everyone seemed to like. Day 1 will showcase wonderful arts and health work from across the region and Day 2 will focus on the learning from Gloucestershire and the Cultural Commissioning Programme, as well as other regional examples of integrated working across health and social care. We will consider how arts and health work is best positioned in relation to current policy developments such as the Five Year Forward View and the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill.
 
Next week is the newly launched Museums & Wellbeing Week and Hannah has made this the theme of this month's Ebulletin. It is particularly exciting that she is launching her first podcast, an interview with Ruth Gidley at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. You will find out more below. Hannah and I have been discussing developing a Special Interest Group on Museums and Health on our website to bring together resources and provide a forum for sharing information and networking.
 
Alex

      
   News  
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An exclusive look at Creative Wellbeing and Volunteering Projects at the Gustav Holst Museum

Jules Allan talks to AHSW about her work with the Gustav Holst Museum, developing Creative Wellbeing and Community Volunteer Projects.
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An exclusive look at Creative Wellbeing and Volunteering Projects at the Gustav Holst Museum
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AHSW begin Touring Exhibition Project in Partnership with Outside In and key Museums and Galleries from the South West

ASHW are excited to announce "Outside In South West": a project which will bring together a touring exhibition of work by artists who feel excluded from the mainstream art world, in four museums in the South West with associated interpretation and educational activities. 
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AHSW begin Touring Exhibition Project in Partnership with Outside In and key Museums and Galleries from the South West
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New Conversation for Dance & Museums

Sally Lewis (Museum Consultant) and Zannah Doan (Regional Producer, Pavilion Dance South West) tell AHSW about a new conversation for dance & museum practitioners to be held in Southampton on June 15th 2016.
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New Conversation for Dance & Museums
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Museum Spaces and Health - An exclusive perspective from Museum in the Park, Stroud

Museums have a reputation as safe, welcoming venues which can be at the heart of their communities and make a real positive difference to the lives of people. Kevin Ward, Museum Development Manager at Museum in the Park talks AHSW through his perspective.
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Museum Spaces and Health - An exclusive perspective from Museum in the Park, Stroud
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   Other new articles include:
 

Survey to collect local level data on arts engagement

A new survey launched by Sport England will collect the first local-authority-level data on arts attendance and participation in England since 2009/10.

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Hospital ArtCare Team Awarded 40,000 to Protect and Exhibit its Historic Collection

The Salisbury District Hospital ArtCare team has been awarded a £40,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to archive and expand its collection of ...

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Is Disability Art just for Disabled People?

Local playwright Clive Essame reflects in his recent blog piece on how he found that most interest in performing his recent play Impisi has come from ...

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Dance Returns The 'Joy Of Movement' To People With Parkinson's

Worldwide, there are 10 million people with Parkinson's Disease who struggle with stiff limbs, tremors and poor balance. But over the past 15 years, a few thousand ...

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Award-winning writer Kaite O Reilly tackles the last great taboo in new play, 'Cosy'

This darkly comic new work combines an unflinching examination of our attitudes to youth, ageing and death, with an often hilarious and moving encounter between ...

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Culture to Improve Wellbeing for Men in Torbay

A new project will use the arts to improve emotional health for men in Torbay.  Workshops will provide an artistic focus for the men taking part, ...

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New mental health website seeks recovery stories

A new website, Recovery South West, is being launched, that gives people that have suffered mental health problems a chance to tell their story of ...

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   Resources 
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 AHSW Podcast
 

AHSW Podcast

We are now releasing AHSW Podcasts, which you will be able to listen to on this page, and soon download to your computer, phone or tablet via iTunes (more information on how to do this will become available soon).   The Arts & Health South West Podcasts are sound recordings which feature conversations ...
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   Events  
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Museums for Health & Wellbeing Conference 2016

The National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing is holding its first conference at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. The programme will feature speakers from the health, social care and museum sectors who will explore the contribution museums can make to health & wellbeing from a range of different perspectives.
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Museums and Wellbeing Week 2016: Include Your Events!

The first annual Museums & Wellbeing Week will take place from 29 February – 6 March 2016. This event will showcase the inspiring work museums across the UK are already doing in this field.
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Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar: The future for UK arts, culture and heritage - implementing the new strategy

With the Government soon due to publish their new cultural strategy, this seminar will be a timely opportunity discuss the key proposals and consider the future of ...

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MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes - Introductory Workshop Days

Workshop days are an ideal opportunity to taste Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes by taking part in two workshops, hearing an introductory talk, meeting students ...

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Creative Facilitation Workshop

The workshop is a sound introduction or refresher on the skills needed to become a creative facilitator. It is suitable for creatives and artists who ...

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Mindsong 'Meaningful Music' Seminar

This seminar will bring together eminent clinicians and musicians to explore and celebrate how and why music works in the stunning setting of Gloucester Cathedral.

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Fifth Annual Creative Dementia Arts Conference

'Arts and Dementia: Learning, researching and sharing best practice' 

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Mind Over Matter Wellbeing Workshops (PAPER Arts)

Break the silence and stigma surrounding mental health and discuss this almost invisible illness in a safe and supportive setting. All while producing personal creative ...

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Introduction to Playwriting Weekend

This course will introduce you to the critical and practical tools needed to create works for the stage, with playwright Suzy Almond

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Centre for Arts in Medicine: open-access Research Database

The Centre for Arts in Medicine website is now featuring a new research database – a curated listing of over 1,000 articles specifically related to ...

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Report: Exploring early-stage dementia through photography and storytelling

A report by researcher Alison Ward on her research in Denmark exploring the experiences of people with early stage dementia, through the means of photography ...

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Museums & Wellbeing Resources

A list of useful websites, organisations and other resources for anyone interested in finding out more about ongoing work, research and arts practice in the area of Museums and Wellbeing.  
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Museums & Wellbeing Resources
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Public Health England publish their evaluation guide on arts for health and wellbeing

This new document provides effective ways to document and evaluate arts projects and programmes that seek to improve health and wellbeing.
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Public Health England publish their evaluation guide on arts for health and wellbeing
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   Other new articles include:
 

Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare Online Course

This free online course by FutureLearn will explore the intersection of medicine, medical anthropology and the creative arts. Starting 29th February 2016.

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Activities Volunteer - Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre

The centre are looking for volunteers to assist with their activities programme. The role would involve offering support in activities groups such as baking, arts and crafts, quizzes and bingo ...

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   Opportunities  
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 Work
 

Rising Voices Wessex - Treasurer

Rising Voices Wessex is a charity offering music and singing to people affected by cancer. Participation in music through singing in a choir has been shown to help people to regain confidence, health and wellbeing – and reduce medical dependency.
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Tenovus Cancer Choirs Project Officer/Research Assistant (Royal College of Music, London)

£31,856 - 35,369 per annum, pro rata, Part-time (0.8FTE) fixed-term for 24 months. Deadline: 12 noon on Thursday 25th February 2016

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Theatre Workshop Assistants, acta Community Theatre (Bristol)

acta is currently seeking people with experience of leading workshops with children and young people, teaching experience or similar, to assist the acta production team ...

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   Opportunities  
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 Funding Opportunities
 

ACE Museum Resilience Fund 2015-18

The fund will focus on any gaps (geographical or otherwise) or development opportunities across the sector. The deadline for expression of interest is 5pm on Thursday 18 February 2016.
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ACE Museum Resilience Fund 2015-18
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Mid Devon Town, Parish and Community (TAP) Fund

The TAP Fund can be used by towns and parishes working together to respond to community issues of shared interest and/or concern, and can be ...

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Arts Access and Participation Fund

To support organisations to test, implement and develop ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts, with an emphasis on addressing inequalities ...

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Arts-based Learning Fund

The overall purpose of this fund is to support arts organisations working with schools, colleges and other education environments to improve the evidence base for ...

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Gloucestershire Community Foundation Grants

Gloucestershire Community Foundation aims to help local groups, organisations and charities to address disadvantage and deprivation in Gloucestershire. Grants are awarded throughout the year.

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Lloyds Bank Foundation 'Enable' Fund

Enable provides a great opportunity to strengthen your charity so it can deliver more effectively. Enable grants are for up to £15k over two years

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The Southwest Foundation - Sovereign Make A Difference Fund

Small grants up to £1,000 to community organisations that are making a difference in areas where Sovereign Housing has its properties (Devon, Plymouth and Torbay ...

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Elevate Fund (Arts Council England)

The Elevate fund will strengthen the resilience of arts organisations which are not in receipt of National Portfolio funding in the period 2015-18, but which ...

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 And Finally...

 
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Call-out for Outside In South West Project

As you will be able to read in an article in this month's ebulletin, AHSW have just begun an exciting new project with Outside In: Outside In South West, a project which will bring together a touring exhibition of work by artists who feel excluded from the mainstream art world, in four museums in the South West with associated interpretation and educational activities.  
 
In order to reach artists who see themselves as facing barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation, we need your help. 
 
If you - or an organisation or group you work with - have contact with artists who you think would benefit from having some support in sharing their artwork, showcasing it online with 2000 other artists as part of Outside In, and perhaps even submitting their work to tour with our exhibition, then please contact me as soon as possible to express your interest at: info@ahsw.org.uk
 
Artists do not need to be able to use a computer, and we will welcome and support people who have any additional needs through special one-to-one sessions.
 
We will be inviting any organisations who have contact with artists who feel excluded, to attend 1 of 4 'Induction Days' happening across the South West, where we will equip you with all the information you need to help the people you know get more involved, promote their work, and combat the exclusion and barriers they face. 
 
Please get in touch if you're interested, or if you know any networks who you think it would be helpful for us to share this information to, and spread the word!
 
Have a great month!
Warmest wishes
 
Hannah 
 

 

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