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For Arts & Health South West: February 2017
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Director's View February/March 2017

Now that the early bird deadline for the international conference has passed you can book one day tickets (register for your tickets HERE).
 
The programme for the conference will showcase the extraordinary richness and variety of work around the world.  Following the opening keynote by Duncan Selbie, CEO of Public Health England, Nayreen Daruwalla will talk about the Dharavi Biennale and Mariantònia Oliver will perform a short extract from Las Muchas. The global public health theme will continue with a panel discussion including presentations on the arts, community development and health research in low and middle income countries (more info on this HERE), the work of the British Council on arts and wellbeing with ageing communities in Japan, and how the arts contributed to health communication in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. And that’s just one session to choose from twenty-one on the first day!
 
On the Monday evening, there’ll be a drinks reception at the Royal West of England Academy in the surroundings of their beautiful Galleries with the exhibition, Air, Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017. As well as Turner, Constable, Samuel Palmer and Paul Nash, there will be contemporary works that explore all aspects of the air we breathe including air-borne disease. After a performance from the Life of Breath project we will head back to the marquee to eat a Caribbean supper to the toe-tapping sounds of Professor Norma Daykin and the Bristol Reggae Orchestra!
 
On Tuesday 20th June, the main focus is acute health care, mental health and the shared territories of arts therapies, arts and health and medical humanities. Lord Howarth of Newport will open the day with a presentation about the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing's Inquiry. The Report will have been launched in parliament the week before, during Creativity and Wellbeing Week. Over 300 people have contributed to round tables, evidence sessions and Inquiry meeting in the Houses of Parliament. Lord Howarth will, no doubt, inspire us with a rabble rousing speech to match the one he gave in 2013! Then we have Fred Foote, US Army veteran, poet and doctor talking about his work with other veterans who have experienced post-traumatic stress, followed by Dr Iona Heath, former President of the RCGP and a passionate advocate for the arts in health. Sam Guglani is leading a 'Medicine Unboxed' session. Then an overwhelming choice of parallel sessions including arts therapies, research and medical humanities workshops, oral presentations on end-of-life care, maternal health, addiction and cancer, and the role of the artist in all of this.
 
If you can't join us I hope you’ll watch the live streaming of the main keynotes online. There will be lots of resources gathered and generated by the event which we will endeavour to disseminate widely once the conference is over.
 
Alex
 

      
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Evaluation of Aesop Pilot Programme

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Dance-Theatre Takes On Mental Health

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RSPH Health & Wellbeing awards 2017 open for entries

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   Events  
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No Boundaries - Conference

Arts industry annual conference with a focus on presenting questions and challenging new ideas on the role of arts and culture, finding positive approaches to influence change and support the sector’s growth in a rapidly changing, tumultuous world.
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Awkward Bastards II Event - DASH

Disability arts organisation DASH are pushing the conversation around inclusivity and invisibility forward at Awkward Bastards II, a 2-day event featuring day-long creative workshops, a Radical Practices open mic session, two panel debates and keynotes. 
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Joie de Vivre - exhibition of photographic images from Pavilion Dance South West

This exhibition features beautiful and dynamic images, taken by photographers Kevin Clifford and Matt Austin, of mature dancers which have been reproduced as a touring exhibition to be shown on the corridors of Salisbury District Hospital until 20th March. 
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Thrive (Performance) - Zest Theatre

This exciting, immersive production for young people uses humour, movement and spoken word to portray the most challenging of emotions with courage and optimism.
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Free Mental Health Training (monthly talks)

FREE Monthly courses and discussions to help broaden knowledge and understanding of specific conditions, issues and barriers to engagement for those experiencing mental ill-health and long term mental health conditions. 1-hr lectures followed by discussion.  
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Creative Inspiration Workshops by International Artist

Creativity Works are excited to announce that International Language Artist Camilla Nelson, will be running two Creative Inspiration workshops this spring entitled Poem Factory & Radical Landscapes.
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COURSE: Creative Care for Activity Coordinators, Care Staff and Volunteers

An exciting new course for anyone working with older people or involved in their care. It will introduce practical ideas in a range of art forms, across 8 weeks. Only £150 (Pilot Price)
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Conference: 'Connecting through Creativity: Facilitating relationship, healing and wellbeing in the therapeutic and helping professions'

Iron Mill are now now taking bookings for their 1st Annual Conference. Bookings made before 31st March receive a £35 saving on relevant standard offer fee.
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Reassembled, Slightly Askew - Audio-Based Experiential Artwork

An experiential autobiographical, audio-based artwork about the experience of falling critically ill with a rare brain infection and a journey of rehabilitation with an acquired brain injury. 
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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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Family Arts Conference 2017

A major cross-artform event exploring age, diversity and inclusion in family arts.

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Drawing the Line Exhibition, University College Hospital

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Museums for Health & Wellbeing conference

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   Opportunities  
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Include Art Exhibition - Submissions Invited

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Include Art Exhibition - Submissions Invited
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Artist Residency, ArtsTaunton

This residency will last around 12 days between 24 April and 9 June 2017, exploring Taunton’s waterways, the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal and River Tone, as well as the town’s green spaces. The artist is expected deliver a creative presentation of their research findings at a public event in July 2017.
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Artist Residency, ArtsTaunton
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 and Finally...

 
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Great events and opportunities this month!

Be sure to take a closer look at the huge of exciting events and opportunities in this month's (belated, I admit!) newsletter. 
 
From a fantastic array of conferences for all budgets, to artist residencies, free mental health training and even an experiential audio art installation where you lie in a hospital bed, hearing what it's like inside the head of someone in a coma, there's a lot to see this month.
 
Follow the links above to see more.
 
Don't forget to send me any listings for the next newsletter by 20th March!
 
 
Warmest wishes
 
Hannah
 

 

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