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

We had a wonderful afternoon and evening at the Arnolfini with our AHSW Prize shortlist and their guests. Hannah has written about the winners in the News section. Many congratulations to them all. We are very privileged to be able to work with such a range of dynamic, passionate and committed individuals and organisations. In the afternoon we had “Pick the Judges’ Brains” sessions and lots of ideas came out about how AHSW can further support networking and learning across the region. I hope to take some of this forward at the Annual Conference in November.
 
The Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference is now open for registration and you can find out more here. We don’t anticipate many people registering a whole year in advance of the event, however we have had our first booking! I do anticipate there being high demand for the conference so I would urge you to plan ahead. The early bird price of £375 for three days will seem prohibitive to some people. If you would like to attend as a volunteer you can find out more here. We are hoping to provide a number of bursaries for free-lance arts practitioners and participants in projects (service users) and are currently in the process of applying for funds to do this. However, they will inevitably be competitive and if you can find alternative sources of funding we are happy to support you in any applications you make. We hope to be able to announce bursaries in October.
 
Last week was Creativity and Wellbeing Week and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing hosted a round table in parliament on the arts and healthcare environments. This was followed by an evening reception at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital to showcase arts programmes in hospitals around the country. The arts in health movement in this country could be said to have started in Manchester Hospital in the 1970s, led by Peter Senior. I attended a fascinating ‘witness seminar’ at the Wellcome Trust last week to celebrate the launch of an Arts in Health Archive based on the collections of material amassed by Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University in the last decades of the 20th century. The archive provides us with a history and a collective narrative for the sector. In that vein the All Party Parliamentary Group is launching a Call for Practice Examples as part of the Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry. We are interested in examples of practice from the past decade, where there is reasonably reliable evidence of outcomes or evidence that a pilot or new approach has promise. Submissions are invited of up to 1,000 words. You can download further guidance and information here. The deadline for submissions is Friday 19 August 2016.
 
That’s all from me for now.
 
Alex
 
 

      
   News  
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AHSW Prize 2016 Winners Announced!

All the news from our Prize Ceremony on Friday 17th June, at the Arnolfini in Bristol, including full details of this year's winners.
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AHSW Prize 2016 Winners Announced!
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Report analyses role for culture in local services

A new report by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) sets out a new model of public services utilising arts and cultural organisations in preventing harm and reducing people’s need for acute services.
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Report analyses role for culture in local services
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New study paints picture of arts engagement

Following the third year of the DCMS Taking Part’s longitudinal study, a new report reveals who attends the arts most often and why people stop engaging.
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New study paints picture of arts engagement
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New 'Rites of Way' app commissioned by the Dorset Wildlife Trust with Arts Council funding

ScreenPLAY artists Sharon Hayden and Alastair Nisbet have worked with Environmental Arts Therapist Ian Heginworth and Dorset Wildlife Trust invite to create an interactive therapeutic journey through the fields and meadows of a forgotten valley.
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New 'Rites of Way' app commissioned by the Dorset Wildlife Trust with Arts Council funding
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Arts and Dementia: Research into Practice

This conference in Nottingham will explore some of the key issues affecting those who practice arts and dementia activity, those who research it and those who experience it.
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Artswork Conference 2016: Better Together

The 2016 Artswork Conference will bring together leaders from education, schools, arts and culture to explore the ways we can achieve more together as we work to enrich and enhance children and young people's lives, education and well-being.
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Arts, Health and Wellbeing Day Conference

The Royal Society for Public Health Special Interest Group is mounting a conference exploring the contrasts and commonalities between theoretical perspectives, research methods and professional practice in creative arts therapies, medical/health humanities and arts, health and wellbeing.  
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Encountering Pain: hearing, seeing, speaking - Free 2-day Live Event and International Conference

A free two-day live event and international conference at University College London this summer will bring together pain patients, healthcare professionals, academics and artists to share insights and generate new knowledge on pain and its communication.
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Living Well Discovery Day

Dorset Living Well Active is hosting its second BIG Living Well Discovery Day specifically to empower people living with and beyond cancer for health, fitness and wellbeing.
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Art in Mental Health: A Foundation Course in Art Therapy

This popular part-time course introduces participants to key factors in working with visual art in a wide variety of therapeutic and health contexts, focussing on broad mental health issues. Students will gain an awareness of the uses and value of Art Therapy along with a general understanding of the theory ...
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New Initiative offering free workshops in association with Lit Up! and Age Concern Poole

Lit Up! are excited to announce a new initiative between Lit Up! and Age Concern Poole that aims to engage local writers with Memory Lane cafes, using creative writing as a means of connecting with people with dementia. The first workshop begins on 27th June 2016. 
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New Initiative offering free workshops in association with Lit Up! and Age Concern Poole
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Kaleider seeking first Chair of the Board

The new Chair will join the Exeter-based Kaleider (an organisation who commission artists to design, promote and produce extraordinary live experiences) at a time of exciting growth and development. Closing Date: Thursday 21st July, 5pm
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Kaleider seeking first Chair of the Board
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Call for Practice Examples

As part of an Inquiry into the role of the arts in health and social care, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing is seeking examples of the arts and culture influencing health and wellbeing outcomes. 
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Call for Practice Examples
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Storytelling for Health Conference - Call for Contributions

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board is holding its very first Storytelling for Health conference on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June 2017. This major international conference will bring together arts practitioners, health practitioners and researchers.
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Storytelling for Health Conference - Call for Contributions
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 Work
 

Theatre for children in hospitals opportunities, funded by BBC Children in Need

NEWMAN UNIVERSITY BIRMINGHAM and the COMMUNITY & APPLIED DRAMA LABORATORY (CADLab) are seeking applications from self-employed, free-lance artists to undertake part-time hours on a temporary basis to support year 1 of the ‘Bird Island’ Bedside Theatre project for children in hospitals, funded by BBC Children in Need. Deadline: Friday 1st July ...
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Theatre for children in hospitals opportunities, funded by BBC Children in Need
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Paid Coordinator - Immediate Start

DT2 Productions and Dorchester Arts are urgently seeking a co-coordinator/administrator to handle the advancing and detailed tour itinerary planning for a 12-date South West tour of ‘Kinetics’ by Sue Wylie from mid-September to late October 2016. 
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 Training and CPD
 

Movie and Documentary in Mental Health: From research to public engagement

This interdisciplinary intensive summer school at King’s College London will introduce participants to the use of film in mental health. 7th & 8th July 2016
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Movie and Documentary in Mental Health: From research to public engagement
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Health and Wellbeing training from Dorset Community Action

Thanks to the support of LiveWell Dorset, Dorset Community Action, Bournemouth & Poole CVS's, and Health Promotion Devon these courses are being provided at an extensively subsidised rate to voluntary and charitable organisations in Dorset.
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Health and Wellbeing training from Dorset Community Action
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Art in Mental Health: A Foundation Course in Art Therapy

Part-time course which introduces participants to key factors in working with visual art in a wide variety of therapeutic and health contexts, focussing on broad mental health issues. Students will gain an awareness of the uses and value of Art Therapy along with a general understanding of the theory which ...
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Art in Mental Health: A Foundation Course in Art Therapy
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Using Music in the Early Years (with an SEN Focus)

A thought-provoking workshop highlighting the importance of music to foster learning, communication and wellbeing for babies and young children.
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Using Music in the Early Years (with an SEN Focus)
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Mental Health Awareness Training for Arts Professionals and Practitioners

Suitable for anyone working in the arts who wants to develop awareness and skills to work inclusively with adults with mental health needs. Bridgewater Arts Centre, Wednesday 6th July 2016, 10am - 3pm. £25 for organisations, FREE for individual practitioners.
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Mental Health Awareness Training for Arts Professionals and Practitioners
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 Funding Opportunities
 

New Capital Grants available from Arts Council England

The ACE Captial Grants Fund supports organisations to be more resilient by having the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work. Deadlines October 2016 / March 2017
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New Capital Grants available from Arts Council England
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 And Finally...

 
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Annual Conference Updates

There will be more information on our Annual Conference in next month's e-bulletin, including information on this year's themes, an introductory look at our 2-day programme and instructions for how to submit a provocation and book your place at the event.  
 
As always, please do get in touch with me via info@ahsw.org.uk if you have any information you would like me to publicise on our website and in upcoming ebulletins. We're always happy to share work that our members are doing. Soon I'll be creating a guidance template which I'll put up on the website so you have all the information you need for submitting an article for me to publish. In the meantime, I'm happy to chat by email!
 
Very best wishes
 
Hannah
 
 

 

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