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For Arts & Health South West: May 2016
AHSW
 

Director's View May 2016

We are less than a month from announcing this year’s AHSW Prizes and have a wonderful short list. We hope you will join us to celebrate at the Arnolfini in Bristol on June 17th.
 
 
The evening will showcase inspiring work from Bath, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Isle of Wight and Wiltshire. The projects reveal the breadth and depth of arts and health work across the region including work with children in hospital, isolated older people, people with cancer, those with disabilities or with long term chronic conditions, as well as training the next generation of arts and health practitioners; work is in museums, hospitals and in communities; with theatre, visual arts, animation, music and craft. You will also have the opportunity to hear an Arnofini curator talk about the Art from Elsewhere exhibition, which includes politically engaged artists such as Ai Wei Wei and Barbara Kruger, and to network over a glass of wine. You can buy a ticket for the AHSW Prize event here.
 
In other news we are very pleased that the programme for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference is taking shape. The first day will focus on Public Health and health inequalities. We are extremely pleased that Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England has agreed to give a keynote and I am also delighted that Dr Nayreen Daruwalla, Programme Director for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children at SNEHA in Mumbai, will speak. She leads on a project that I have long been interested in, the Dharavi Biennale, in which artists, from India and beyond, work with groups of Dharavi residents on urban health issues to produce artworks for a three week festival.
 
On day 2 there will be a policy focus with Lord Howarth of Newport launching the final report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing’s Inquiry. Dr Iona Heath, formerly President of the Royal College of GPs and a highly respected thinker, writer and speaker, will also give a keynote. We will explore the shared territories of arts and health, arts therapies and medical humanities, building on a conference that the RSPH is hosting this autumn. (Hannah can you link that last sentence to information/news item about the RSPH conference). Day 3 will focus on research and evaluation and multiple approaches and methodologies, including artist-led research.
 
We will be treated to a performance and conversation between two wonderful musicians, Julian West and Neil Valentine, who have many years’ experience of working with people with dementia through Wigmore Hall’s Music for Life and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Music for a While projects. And to tempt you further, there will be a performance of Blood Sugar by Drama for Life, a project with diabetes patients in the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg, the third largest hospital in the world.
Registration for the conference opens on June 20th!
 
Alex
 

      
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The New Forest Arts Festival - and more news from hArt

Annie Jeffery, Chair of Trustees at Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy (hArt) tells AHSW about the New Forest Art Festival, and shares onther exciting news about hArt's work to improve the health and well-being of people of all ages and abilities through participation in the creative arts.
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The New Forest Arts Festival - and more news from hArt
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New Aesop Marketplace website connects health decision-makers with arts in health programmes

Aesop Marketplace is like an online dating site. It matches health decision-makers with relevant arts in health programmes in an attractive and time-efficient way.
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New Aesop Marketplace website connects health decision-makers with arts in health programmes
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Outside In South West: Surgery Days

Would you like to create an online gallery with Outside In, or know someone who would, but does not have the skills and facilities to do it themselves? Ouside In are available to help, in sessions across the South West, July - September
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Outside In South West: Surgery Days
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Shortlist Announced for AHSW Prize 2016

This year's panel have reached a shortlist of 13 organisations from the South West to be in the running for the AHSW Organisation Prize 2016
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Shortlist Announced for AHSW Prize 2016
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SOUNDWALL

Andy Dollerson tells AHSW about the permanent projected audio visual interactive installation he recently created for the children's ward at Poole NHS hospital.
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SOUNDWALL
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   Other new articles include:
 

Grace and Growl Dance Company for Older Adults

A new dance company for older adults and open contemporary dance class for adults which is being set up in Bridport

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   Events  
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Dance and Museums Conversation

A second event for South of England museum and dance practitioners to meet each other, hear about some dance/museum projects and explore ideas for future work and the development of a support network.
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Exhibition: 1st World War 'Acts of Kindness' - The Bath War Hospital Centenary

This exhibition reflects upon day-to-day life at the Bath War Hospital, exploring the concept of compassionate community support; drawing upon the comfort this brought to recovering soldiers as well as gaining insight into how such relationships support recovery and wellbeing.
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'Connect' - Paintings in Hospitals and London Arts in Health Forum

Paintings in Hospitals and LAHF are back, bigger and better than ever, for Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2016. Join us and whole host of other brilliant arts and health people at Connect.
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Workshops on Creative Self-Care for Counsellors / Psychotherapists and Therapeutic Practitioners

A day of art making with an Art Therapist and an Artist. Spend an enjoyable and relaxing creative day; no artistic skills required. 
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What's Mine is (Y)ours? Processural Exhibition and related activities

A processual exhibition exploring marginalisation and intangible cultural heritage, with opportunities to drop in and get involved in building, exploring and developing the themes through performance and artistic expression in a variety of ways.
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Attachment & Theatre: A Conference

A one-day event, hosted by Queen Mary University London’s, Peopling the Palaces, and community arts organisation Theatre Troupe, exploring issues of psychological and neurobiological attachment in relation to theatre and the arts. 
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 Research
 

Arts, health & wellbeing: reflections on a national seminar series and building a UK research network

An article published in 'Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice' on 10th May 2016 on the development of a national UK research network in arts and health. 
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   Opportunities  
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Joie de Vivre Short Dance Film Competition

Short Dance Film Competition by Pavilion Dance South West for films featuring mature dancers, to celebrate dance film, older people dancing and to share amazing work from across the globe. Deadline - 21 June 2016.
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Joie de Vivre Short Dance Film Competition
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International Commission Call - Kaleider

Kaleider want to encourage makers across the globe to imagine and propose a playable artwork using climate data for the EUPORIAS General Assembly in October 2016. Deadline: 10th June 2016
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International Commission Call - Kaleider
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 And Finally...

 
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Outside In Surgery Days in the South West

Our collaboration with Outside In is moving forward, and next month we will start offering Surgery days at venues across the South West. 
 
These Surgery Days are for anyone who would like to create an online gallery with Outside In, but who might not have the skills and facilities to do it themselves. Outside In is aimed at artists who define themselves as facing barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. If this rings true for you, or someone you know, there are lots of dates to choose from where you can sign up for a one-to-one slot with Outside In, who will help you set up everything you need to get your online gallery ready. 
 
Once you've got your artwork up on the Outside In website, you'll be able to submit 2 pieces for our touring exhibition! We open for submissions on 20th June. Take a look at the Outside In website for more information, or you can drop me an email with any questions to info@ahsw.org.uk.
 
One more note, before I sign off:
Apologies to anyone who has tried calling AHSW over the last few months and found the call quality to be appalling (it may have sounded like I was talking to you underwater). Hopefully I've solved the problem now, and will be able to speak to you much more clearly! Thanks for bearing with me.
 
 
Have a fantastic weekend
 
Hannah
 

 

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