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

We hope to see you at AHSW’s annual conference on 24th and 25th November. If you haven’t already signed up, bookings close in two weeks at noon on 10th November - book your tickets via the website HERE. We’d love you to be part of a conversation on how we can better support joined up work across the region, the focus of Friday’s discussions. Ruth Ben-Tovim from Encounters Arts will use her skills in inspiring creative dialogue to help us explore shared territories and frame a narrative for how we can work together. You can find out more about what Encounters Arts do HERE. I am also pleased to say that on Friday afternoon Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, the APPG Inquiry researcher, will join me on the platform to talk about how the Inquiry is going and discuss how it might be useful to us all in the future.
 
At the annual conference we will be announcing an exciting new initiative which will enable three organisations to be supported in organisational or project development, through the launch of a challenge fund. This is part of our Catalyst Evolve project and will replace the AHSW Prize for 2017.
 
A couple of other deadlines for your diaries:
4th November for applications for our freelance fundraiser post 
20th November for abstracts for the international conference
20th November for applications for free places for artists at the international conference, particularly relevant if you are working with older people.
 
We are joining forces in marketing the Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference with the Storytelling for Health Conference in Swansea on 16th and 17th June 2017. They are open for abstract submissions until 3rd November. You can find out more HERE. June 2017 is a busy conference time for our sector. The previous week there is the European Healthcare Design conference in London.
 
Last night I had a lovely evening with Lisa Tregale, Head of Participation at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and BSO Associate Musician, Neil Valentine, at the gala dinner for the Royal Society for Public Health Awards 2016. Our Music for a While project was one of three shortlisted for the Arts, Health and Wellbeing Award. You can find out more about Music for a While and download the research and final reports here. A shame we didn’t win! But huge congratulations to the Centre for Performance Science for their ‘Grand Challenge in Music, Health and Wellbeing’, which explores how active engagement with the arts can support and enhance mental and physical health in community and NHS settings.
 
The most amazing thing about the awards ceremony was how much the arts dominated. Angela Rippon was the guest speaker and she talked about dance being the most effective exercise for staying healthy and about the benefits of music for those with dementia. John Ryan, the comedian, was a great advocate, talking about the power of the arts in health promotion and wellbeing. Several projects in other categories involved the arts and we were particularly pleased that Livewell Southwest won the Public Mental Health & Wellbeing Award for the Livewell Arts Festival in Plymouth.
 

Alex
 

      
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Emmeline Burdett from DAO reviews the Southbank's 'Death Café' event

Southbank Centre invited people to take part in a tea party-style discussion of death and dying on Sunday 11 September. Emmeline Burdett encountered the ’encouraging, safe space for open discussion and shared understanding of ideas about and encounters with death and dying’ set up as a Death Café.
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Emmeline Burdett from DAO reviews the Southbank's 'Death Café' event
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The Age of Enlightenment exhibition and workshop

The Age of Enlightenment exhibition exploring the themes of age and ageing, is showing at Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from the 5th Nov 2016 to 7th Jan 2017. 
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The Age of Enlightenment exhibition and workshop
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Theatre Production may influence policy change on women in prison

A theatre production called 'Key Change' that toured into Dorset during October shares powerful stories of women’s experiences prior to being in prison.
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Theatre Production may influence policy change on women in prison
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Parkinson Dances film

A 30-minute film about contemporary dance in the treatment of Parkinsons. Watch it on the AHSW Website here!
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Parkinson Dances film
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 Annual Conference Lift Share
 

Annual Conference Lift Share

Car sharing to the conference helps to make your journey as carbon-neutral as possible.   How it works:  The boxes below have details of the lifts that are currently being offered. If you are interested, please email Hannah at info@ahsw.org.uk and she will put you in contact with the person giving that lift share. ...
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New Exhibitions at Art at the Heart of the RUH

SCI-ART SYNERGY and Judy Rodrigues: Circadian Gardens
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Commissioning Value Social Enterprise Conference

A conference exploring commissioning and local initiatives (including arts and health), with the aim to be inspired and discover how we can better work together to achieve social change and build socially enterprising collaborations that deliver required services.
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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 are interested in running workshops or creative groups. It is part of the co|Create series of socially engaged artists' continued professional development.
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Feel It Festival

Feel It festival presents four days of events dedicated to investigating some of the most fundamental of human experiences: pain – of body, mind and spirit – and breath. 
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Beyond The Frame: Expanding Horizons for Extraordinary Artists

This practical symposium, brings together Disabled artists and galleries to learn about the Tu Fewn commisioning project, network, shape future projects, and discuss the importance of diversity in the arts.
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Exploring the Impact of Arts Therapies: Learning Disabilities Conference

This London conference will examine the role of arts therapies and creative approaches in supporting people who have a learning disability in the UK.
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A Rose by Any Other Name? Using Poetry as a Tool for Collaborative Research

A talk exploring a new method, in which social scientists, artists and community partners work together as research partners. The intention is to produce art-as-research, which is engaging, accessible, meaningful, and rooted in the interests of the communities it represents.
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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 explore how AHSW can work with members across the South West to develop joined-up models of training, ...
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Webinar: Cultural participation and its effects on wellbeing and health

The Royal Society for Public Health is holding a webinar to look at evidence from Norway and Australia on the impact of culture on mental ...

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Poetic Autoethnographies: Exploring the Potential of Collaborative Arts-based Research

A free workshop aimed at poets, academics and community groups interested in exploring ways in which we can work together.

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Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture National Symposium II

Featuring a varied range of speakers with a diverse areas of expertise, who will stimulate conversation amongst the audience regarding the contemporary climate of GRT arts and ...

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EMG Symphony Orchestra Concert in aid of Exeter Stroke Singing Group

A concert by EMG Symphony Orchestra Exeter Cathedral with an exit collection in aid of the Exeter Stroke Singing Group (which brings together stroke survivors from across ...

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Creative and credible evaluation for arts, health and well-being: opportunities and challenges of co-production

This paper reports findings from a one-year UK knowledge exchange project completed in 2015. Stakeholders’ experiences of evaluation were explored in order to develop online resources to strengthen knowledge and capacity within the arts and health sector
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Creative and credible evaluation for arts, health and well-being: opportunities and challenges of co-production
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Last chance to submit Artwork for Alternative Visions Exhibition

Submissions are NOW OPEN for artists, who align themselves with Outside In's criteria, to enter work for possible inclusion in the exhibition. Deadline for submissions: 4th November 2016.
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Last chance to submit Artwork for Alternative Visions Exhibition
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Creative Café - welcoming older people and those with memory loss

A sociable space to meet, create, reminisce and reimagine! Try a range of fun and gentle arts activities including music, writing, crafts and more – carers welcome to participate too. No experience of art needed! Sessions run in South Glos. 
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Creative Café - welcoming older people and those with memory loss
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Creative Arts Courses - Remapping Your Life

Give your wellbeing a boost! Make new friends! Lose yourself in creativity for an hour! Try a range of fun and gentle arts activities including music, writing, crafts and more. No experience of art needed! Sessions run in South Gloucestershire.  
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Creative Arts Courses - Remapping Your Life
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Mentoring opportunity: textiles, reminiscence and dementia. Poole, Dorset.

Mentoring opportunity for a visual artist with particular emphasis on textiles. Part of 20-week project in Poole Jan-Jul 2017. Deadline: Monday 14th October 2016
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Mentoring opportunity: textiles, reminiscence and dementia. Poole, Dorset.
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Arts Marketing Association - callout for speaker on "Wellbeing in the Workplace"

The AMA are looking for a speaker/practitioner to give an introduction about wellbeing for arts marketers in the workplace, for their next members networking meeting in Exeter.
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Arts Marketing Association - callout for speaker on
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CALL FOR SCORES - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra invites composers to submit scores, a selection of which will be performed by the full BSO and Kokoro (BSO's new music group) in workshops led by Mark-Anthony Turnave as part of the BSO's Composers' Day on 18/02/17. Deadline: 16th Nov, 5pm.
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CALL FOR SCORES - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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Call for participation: From Inclusion to Partnership Exhibition

This call is for work made collaboratively by artists with disabilities and with artists without disabilities for an international exhibition which brings together works from different disciplines (displayed in digital format). Deadline for submission: Friday 2nd December, 17:00.
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Call for participation: From Inclusion to Partnership Exhibition
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Executive Director - Artlift

Artlift is a Gloucestershire based charity that brings together professional artists with hundreds of people every year who are diagnosed with a range of health issues, from cancer to depression, with proven health benefits. Deadline: 9am Tuesday 7th November 2016
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Executive Director - Artlift
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Freelance Fundraiser - AHSW

Arts & Health South West would like to appoint a free-lance fundraiser on an initial 1 year contract for £10,000 (including VAT). Deadline: Friday 4th November, 5pm.
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Freelance Fundraiser - AHSW
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 Funding Opportunities
 

Apply to become an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation

The application portal to become a National Portfolio Organisation in 2018-22 is now open. The Deadline to register on the online submissions portal is 4pm on 13th January 2017
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Apply to become an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation
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Crowdfund for arts: £125,000 of extra funding for individual artists

Do you have an artistic project or an idea that will benefit the people around you? If so, you could get up to £10,000 extra funding towards your crowdfunding project.
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Crowdfund for arts: £125,000 of extra funding for individual artists
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Comic Relief Local Communities Fund Open

Grants between £1,000 - £5,000 available via the Dorset Community Foundation (fund delivery partner). Deadline: Noon on 23rd November 2016.
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Comic Relief Local Communities Fund Open
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Annual Conference Practical Info and MORE!

It’s less than a month till this year’s Annual Conference!
 
Programme
Many thanks to those of you who have booked already, the full programme is available here for those who haven’t taken a look yet: Conference Programme (PDF)

Tickets (including concessions) still available!
Ticket sales end at noon on 10th November, so make sure you don’t miss out! There are still more than 5 concessional places available for Day 1, Day 2, or Both-Day tickets (£55 for single day, £100 for both-day). Get your tickets here: Conference Bookings Page

AGM
For those who are coming along, please take a look at our most recent set of accounts here: AHSW Accounts 2015-16It’s important that we send these to all our members a few weeks before our AGM, and this year our AGM is happening before lunch on Day 1 of the conference, so do take a look.

Lift Share
I’ve put up a board on the website showing what lifts are available - if you’d like a lift to the conference, take a look to see what’s available and follow the instructions on the Lift Share Page
 
Special Diets
I've noted everyone’s dietary requirements and will be sending everyone who has booked some more detailed information about how lunch works on the day, so that you know what to expect if you’re veggie, vegan, gluten free and more.
 
Thursday Meal
Anyone else for a delicious meal at the Riverford Field Kitchen? If you’re coming for both days of the conference and would like to join us on the Thursday night, email me to reserve a place - final numbers are going to be sent to the restaurant on 10th November.
 

Change of AHSW Address
Our address has now changed to:
Arts & Health South West
PO Box 834
Exeter
EX3 9BB.
 
That’s about it (phew!) - see you at the Conference!

Hannah
 

 

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