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Director's View August 2016

We are delighted that our Music for a While project has been shortlisted for an RSPH Health & Wellbeing Award. Music for a While was delivered in partnership with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the University of Winchester. BSO Associate, Neil Valentine, provided music for people with dementia in older people’s wards in Poole, Portsmouth and Winchester hospitals throughout the summer and autumn last year. His personality and skills were crucial to the success of the project and everyone adored him! Music for a While built on our previous The Arts and Dementia Care in Acute Hospitals project with six hospitals in the region. We hope to work with the BSO to spread the work further in the future.
 
The AHSW Annual Conference in Buckfast Abbey on November 24th and 25th is now open for booking. Day 1 will showcase arts and health work in the region with keynotes from our 2016 Prizewinners, ForMed Films and Jayne Howard. Once again we are inviting you to submit proposals for 10 minute provocations – no powerpoint, just the power of your voice. Please get in touch if you are interested. On Day 2, Lord Bichard, Chair of the Cultural Commissioning Programme, and Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, will give a keynote. Interactive sessions will share learning from the Cultural Commissioning Programme in Gloucestershire and explore how AHSW can work with members across the South West to develop joined-up models of training, delivery and evaluation. The discussions will inform AHSW’s Arts Council Catalyst Evolve project, which is a collaboration with our Sub-regional Networks. Some of the ideas so far are: peer support networks, possibly action learning sets, to encourage sharing learning; a regional framework for delivering arts on prescription that can be presented to health and social care commissioners; and a regional evaluation project. We will be asking all those who sign up for the conference to submit their ideas for discussion.
 
Following discussions with our partners in the Alternative Visions project, I have written a blog about 'Cultural Value and Quality', drawing on the recently published report on the AHRC Cultural Value Project. You can read it here.
 
There’s still time to submit your practice examples to the APPG Inquiry:
The deadline for submissions is Friday 19 August 2016.
 
Alex
 

      
   News  
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AHSW Shortlisted for RSPH Health & Wellbeing Awards 2016

We are delighted that Arts & Health South West has been shortlisted in this year’s Royal Society for Public Health’s Health & Wellbeing Awards in the Arts & Health category. 
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AHSW Shortlisted for RSPH Health & Wellbeing Awards 2016
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Arts For Life's 'End of Life' Poetry Project at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

The ongoing poetry project led by Allison Day, a writer and nurse practitioner on A&E, seeks to highlight the importance of communication at the heart of the caring relationship, and to create an ongoing act of remembrance and legacy that aspires to be both affirmative and therapeutic.
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Arts For Life's 'End of Life' Poetry Project at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
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Study of bespoke hospital artwork - callout for contributions

An international study is exploring the increasing practice of commissioning purpose-built artwork in hospitals designed to specifically address the needs of patients. The study is looking for UK examples of artwork commissioned for the needs of particular patient groups.  
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Study of bespoke hospital artwork - callout for contributions
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Healthwatch Dorset: Be Yourself, Everybody Else is Taken

A children and young people's project launched by Healthwatch Dorset in January 2016 to encourage 11-25 year olds across Dorset, Bournemouth & Poole to share their thoughts about health and wellbeing in a creative way.
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Healthwatch Dorset: Be Yourself, Everybody Else is Taken
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Mental health website launched for actors in wake of suicides

ArtsMinds, a joint initiative between the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, Spotlight, The Stage and Equity, is to provide creatives with advice on relationships, health, careers and finances.
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Mental health website launched for actors in wake of suicides
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Funding boost targets arts provision for diverse communities

Arts Council England has committed £5.3m to a scheme aimed at developing greater resilience among organisations contributing to wider diversity in the arts.
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Funding boost targets arts provision for diverse communities
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Strategy aims to put artists at the heart of society

A new Arts Strategy setting out priorities and policy directions for the work of Creative Scotland is calling for greater commitment to paying artists fairly for their work to enable them to sustain their careers.
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Strategy aims to put artists at the heart of society
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Resource highlights arts-based technologies for disabled creatives

A website providing advice and best practice for using technology to aid creativity has been launched for the disability arts sector.  

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Culture Secretary endorses White Paper goals

Delivering schemes that close the gap in arts engagement to reach under-represented groups will be the Government’s priority for culture.

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   Events  
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AHSW Annual Conference & AGM 2016

This year AHSW is hosting a special 2-day annual conference, with options to buy tickets for either or both days. Day 1 will showcase best practice and learning from the region, and Day 2 will be an exploration of the issues surrounding Arts on Prescription, looking at ways for practitioners and organisations in the South ...
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Rediscovering the Radical: Theatre and Social Change

An international conference bringing together artists, political and community activists and academics to explore how theatre can contribute to radical change in the 21st century
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Sand Tray Therapy Course: An Introduction with Practical Applications

This popular six day course explores how Sand Tray Therapy encourages the non-verbal expression and construction of images which have both special personal and collective or cultural meanings.
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Whose Art? Our Art! The 2016 engage International Conference

The engage International Conference 2016 will explore how issues of access and activism impact on gallery and visual arts approaches to education and outreach.
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Arts, Culture and Innovation in Criminal Justice Settings: Improving Outcomes in a New Policy Landscape

The conference and publication will highlight the unique role of the arts in supporting rehabilitation, including how arts can support safe and secure prisons and improve outcomes for offenders.
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Pain/ting Past & Present: A Walking Tour of Hospital Arts and Health

Can the arts heal emotional and physical pain? Is the creative process crucial, or the art itself? Should art always be soothing, or can challenging artwork be good for us? How can we measure the 'value' of arts for health? Explore these questions through a walking tour of Southmead Hospital.
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WORKSHOP Exploring Play through Creative Writing

One day Orchard Foundation workshop for adults aiming to provide a creative, stimulating and enjoyable learning experience through the medium of writing for wellbeing.
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Creative and Credible Seminar: Evidencing the Impact of Arts for Health and Wellbeing

Part of the Douglas Alfred Bunce Memorial Lecture Series 2016. Led by Professor Norma Daykin.
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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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Children and Young People's Mental Health: Promoting Integration and Early Intervention

This event will bring together professionals from across the public sector to learn how to overcome the barriers that are preventing children and young people ...

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Rising Voices Wessex Summer Concert

Rising Voices Wessex's Summer Concert 2016 - an evening to remember!

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Models of practice in arts and commissioning

From arts on prescription to recovery colleges, there are a range of ways for arts organisations to engage with public service commissioning. Jessica Harris explains to ArtsProfessional exactly how each model works.
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Models of practice in arts and commissioning
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Guide offers blueprint for dementia friendly performances

A new guide to staging dementia friendly performances has been launched by West Yorkshire Playhouse (WYP), two years after it staged the UK’s first “dementia friendly” show.
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Guide offers blueprint for dementia friendly performances
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   Opportunities  
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AHSW Sub-Regional Leads required from Somerset and Wiltshire

AHSW is looking for members from Somerset and Wiltshire to represent their region as part of the AHSW Sub-Regional networks. The role of Sub-Regional lead is voluntary and the network is an important conduit for information to support AHSW's strategic work.
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AHSW Sub-Regional Leads required from Somerset and Wiltshire
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Chair of the Board of Trustees - Creativity Works

Creativity Works are looking to recruit a Chair of Trustees who will demonstrate the passion and commitment to progress the high quality work that Creativity Works is renowned for. Deadline: Monday 12th September, 9am.
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Chair of the Board of Trustees - Creativity Works
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Royal Opera House callout for collaboration with Arts and Health Organisations

The Royal Opera House are reaching out to arts and health organisations across the country in an attempt to engage service users with a subsidized performance of The Nutcracker, performed by The Royal Ballet, in December at Covent Garden, London.
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Royal Opera House callout for collaboration with Arts and Health Organisations
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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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Young Choreographers South West Scheme

A scheme open to young people aged 18-25 who are passionate about creating dance for performance or participation, who love to be challenged and inspired and ...

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 Work
 

Executive Producer - Kaleider (Exeter)

Kaleider are seeking an exceptional Producer with the skill, tenacity and passion to produce Kaleider, its productions and the work the company commissions. Deadline: Monday 12th September 5pm.
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Executive Producer - Kaleider (Exeter)
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Hidden Histories Project Coordinator - Beaford Arts

Beaford Arts is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Project Coordinator for the delivery of a major new heritage project ‘Hidden Histories of rural north Devon: Opening up the Beaford Archive’. Deadline: 12th September 2016.
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Hidden Histories Project Coordinator - Beaford Arts
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Community Engagement Officer (Maternity Cover), Cornwall Museums

Vacancy for Community Engagement Officer (Maternity Cover) 0.5 FTE £28,000 pro rata, based at Krowji Redruth, Cornwall. Deadline: 5pm Wed 24th Aug 2016
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Community Engagement Officer (Maternity Cover), Cornwall Museums
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Annual Conference booking goes live, AHSW August office hours and a call for new Sub Regional Leads

Hello Everyone,
 
As Alex has mentioned, we're delighted to open our 2016 Annual Conference for booking, as of today! Click HERE for information on ticket types and costs, accommodation, access and travel, and book your tickets at the bottom of the page.
 
I will be away from 19th August - 8th September, so if you are booking your tickets within this period and require assistance, I'll will be unable to assist until 8th September. I will respond to any enquiries relating to conference bookings as a matter of priority on my return. In the meantime you can direct any urgent enquiries to Alex at alex@ahsw.org.uk, although please do be aware that Alex will only be contactable at a reduced capacity until 1st September.
 
In other news, you will have seen that we are looking for new Sub-Regional Leads for Somerset and Wiltshire. Our Sub-Regional network is an important conduit for information to support AHSW's strategic work and for information to flow out from our organisation to practitioners on the ground. A 'lead' individual from each of the counties within the South West attends quarterly meetings and their contact details are listed on the AHSW website for anyone who wants to find out more about what is happening in a particular locality.
We do not currently have anyone representing Somerset and Wiltshire - so please pass this call-out on to anyone you know who might be suitable for the role, and if you are interested, please email Alex at alex@ahsw.org.uk.
 
 
I will be off on Holiday on Friday - have a great rest of the month and enjoy this heatwave!
  
Hannah
 

 

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