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Director's View December 2016

You will receive this Ebulletin just as you are winding down for Christmas and I hope you are all able to enjoy a restful and happy time with friends and family. Our virtual office will be closed from the 23rd December until 3rd January.
 
Sue Isherwood, AHSW’s Chair, and I had a fascinating time visiting Vilnius, in Lithuania, for the first meeting of the Art and Social Change project. It is supported by the European Union Erasmus Plus fund and our responsibility is to create an online community of practice to support the exchange of information and sharing of resources. From the UK our partners are Portraits of Recovery, PoRE, in Manchester, which works with people in long-term recovery from addiction, and Theo Stickley, Associate Professor of Mental Health at Nottingham University. The other partner countries are Sicily, Lithuania, Germany and France. You can find out more information here.
 
In the opportunities listings you will see that we are looking for a freelance project assistant to work with us on the Art and Social Change project. The deadline for applications is January 10th so please do circulate the information to anyone you think might be interested.
 
Our work with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, on behalf of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, has been hugely rewarding and interesting for me personally. The APPG Inquiry has hosted 13 round tables which have involved over 350 artists, participants, providers, academics and other stakeholders making presentations to parliamentarians, or contributing to Q&As as audience members. There were approximately 200 submissions of practice examples, many of which will be cited in the Inquiry Report. Some of these have recently been uploaded to the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing’s website.
 
The work goes on, but already the Inquiry is proving to be a fantastic opportunity for the sector to have their voices heard. The Inquiry Report will be launched in Parliament on 13th June during Creativity and Wellbeing Week. It will then be the subject of Lord Howarth’s keynote at the Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference the following week. I would like to thank all my colleagues, regionally and nationally for this collective endeavor. We have high hopes that it will benefit everyone through the process of engagement and making recommendations to agencies throughout the system. It has significantly influenced my thinking which is reflected in a talk I gave at the recent RSPH conference on Arts Therapies, Medical Humanites and Arts and Health. It is called ‘Shared Territories’ and you can read it here in the AHSW blog.
 
Finally, don’t forget that if you want to apply to volunteer at the international conference, the deadline is tomorrow. You can find out more HERE.  
 
A very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017.
 
Alex
 

      
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Arts & Social Change Project

Information about a new Erasmus+ partnership project, which AHSW will help to deliver.
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Arts & Social Change Project
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SingAbout Christmas Song!

Nobody Should Be Alone at Christmas Time is a song written and produced for Independent Arts SingAbout groups by local musicians Jessica and Jason Paine. All proceeds from the sale of the record will go back into helping socially isolated people on the Isle of Wight through the work of ...
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SingAbout Christmas Song!
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Shape Open 2017 - Power: The Politics of Disability

A group exhibition of artwork created by both disabled and non-disabled artists in response to themes such as: how do we creatively challenge the language of power, politics and disability? To what extent do we need art to be a form of political protest? 
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Shape Open 2017 - Power: The Politics of Disability
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AHSW Podcast

New Episode: Annual Conference Podcast 1 - Emma Lazenby & Jo Black   We are now releasing AHSW Podcasts, which you will be able to listen to on this page and download to your computer, phone or tablet via iTunes. Subscribe to the AHSW Podcast on iTunes by clicking here      ...
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 Conference Feedback Survey
 

Conference Feedback Survey

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Exploring Play Through Creative Writing (A one-day writing workshop)

This Orchard Foundation workshop for adults, co-facilitated by Fiona Hamilton and Kate Pawsey, provides an opportunity to explore, experiment and follow your curiosity in a stimulating, creative and safe environment.
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Priorities for the UK creative industries workforce post-Brexit

This seminar will bring together policymakers, officials and senior representatives from across the creative industries to discuss the priorities for ensuring the UK creative workforce remains globally competitive during and after the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
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Dance and Museums: A Third Conversation

Pavilion Dance South West and Sally Lewis are organising a third event for the South West museum and dance sectors, kindly hosted by the Museum of Bath at Work.
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Beyond Words Conference 2017, Plymouth

Privileging the unspoken in arts and communities in a posthuman world. Last Booking Date for this Event: 7th March 2017
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New Exhibitions at the Circle (Bath Hospital)

Art at the Heart of the RUH is pleased to present a new exhibition at the Circle, Bath Hospital, of work by artists Ione Parkin and Terri Hogan.
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South West Theatre Symposium 2017

Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre Bristol, Take Art and Activate are coming together again with a host of artists and industry professionals from across the South West to celebrate theatre making in the region. Bursaries Available.
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Embedding 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' into Arts Practice - Workshop

A workshop for artists who are interested in using the 5 ways to wellbeing within their practice.
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New Art Therapy Group in Bristol

Art Therapy Group in Bristol aims to provide a safe, supportive and facilitated space to creatively explore issues and find out more about yourself. 10 ...

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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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Annual Conference 2016 Discussion Sheets

Written-up version of the creative notes from table discussions at Day 2 of our Conference: Artist/Commissioner and Clinician/Patient Relationships; Stakeholder conversations (Patient, Clinician, Academics/Researchers, Artist, Commissioner); and "What Next?" for arts and health in the region.
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Annual Conference 2016 Discussion Sheets
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Office Volunteer - Studio Upstairs

Studio Upstairs currently have volunteer vacancies in both the London and Bristol offices.
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Office Volunteer - Studio Upstairs
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Free Creative Courses for Volunteers - Living Well Research Project

Skills and Learning Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole are still looking for volunteers to take part in the Living Well research project. The research is collecting evidence on the impact Community Learning has on people’s ability to cope with stress, anxiety and changes in life.
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Free Creative Courses for Volunteers - Living Well Research Project
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Dorset CCG invite sustainable and innovative solutions to support home care for Adults.

Dorset County Council & Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group would like to invite you to their Re-procurement Event on 19th January 2017.
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Dorset CCG invite sustainable and innovative solutions to support home care for Adults.
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 Work
 

Group Supervisor - Studio Upstairs

Studio Upstairs is seeking a new Group Supervisor interested in facilitating a monthly group supervision, for the Studio Upstairs Bristol Team of 4 Art Therapists and a Psychotherapist. To Start February 2017
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Group Supervisor - Studio Upstairs
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Freelance Project Assistant - AHSW

AHSW is seeking a free-lance Project Assistant within reach of Exeter to support the delivery of our our core work and a European funded project ‘Art and Social Change’. Deadline: 5pm, on Tuesday 10th January
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Freelance Project Assistant - AHSW
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Gallery Manager (South London) - Studio Upstairs

The Gallery Manager will make a significant difference in promoting the artwork of Studio Upstairs, help the charity to increase its trading income and deliver ...

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DCLG Communities Fund

Funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government for projects that bring together the community and local authorities to design and implement services in partnership.
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DCLG Communities Fund
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Annual Conference feedback and more!

Annual Conference Feedback
You will have seen that I’ve started putting up resources from the Annual Conference on the website - the first in a series of Podcasts and the Discussion Sheets from Day 2.
We really want to hear what you thought of this year’s conference. As it’s one of our biggest core activities it’s really important that what we do with the conference serves you, our members, and is relevant and useful to you. Please take the time to fill out a quick survey here: CONFERENCE FEEDBACK SURVEY (the page might take a couple of moments to load), where you can let us know what you thought of it, and give us your suggestions for next year.

AHSW Job Opportunity!
You have also hopefully seen that we are recruiting a Freelance Project Assistant! The successful candidate would be ideally based in (or within reach of) Exeter, and would develop resources to support our role in the Art and Social Change project, but would also provide invaluable support to me in delivering some of our core work in creating a responsive and interesting website and ebulletin, and social media presence. This is a home-based role but I would aim to meet with the Project Assistant in Exeter every fortnight. The link to the job listing, again, HERE.
As Alex mentioned, we're closing up the office for Christmas tomorrow, but if you want to call me to talk about the role, I'm back in on 3rd January.
 
Happy Christmas! 
 
Hannah
 

 

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