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For Arts & Health South West: April 2017
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Director's View April 2017

There is now a more detailed programme for the international conference available on the website.
 
I am particularly excited about the Big Debate on Tuesday 20th June on What is Creativity? It will be an opportunity for the audience to explore this complex question in relation to mental health with a panel including the artist Bobby Baker, the composer Toby Young, the Art Therapist Val Huet and the academic Theo Stickley. However, it will be a difficult choice between the debate and a conversation between Oncology Consultant, Sam Guglani, Director of Medicine Unboxed and the novelist Sarah Moss, about her book, The Tidal Zone, which you can read about in this Guardian review. 
 
Then again, Medicine Unboxed will compete with a discussion on the national picture for arts, health and wellbeing in the UK as a follow up to Lord Howarth of Newport’s keynote that morning. Due to the general election on 8th June, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing’s Inquiry Report will still be under wraps but Lord Howarth will be able to give us a tantalising teaser of what is to come.
 
If you are interested in policy and strategy, later on Tuesday there will be a session with several presentations from Finland where the government has committed to integrating the arts into health and social care. The impact of culture on health and wellbeing is recognised at the political, administrative and structural level and we will hear examples of how this is being delivered in practice. Much to learn. Day tickets for the conference are available HERE.
 
The booking deadline for the conference is 5pm on 31st May!
 
That week in June will be rather an intensely international one for Arts & Health South West. Following the conference we have a two day meeting with our partners in the Art & Social Change project, from France, Germany, Italy and Lithuania. I have just come back from a week with our partners in Nottingham. We spent a day at the Recoverism and the Arts conference in Manchester and heard from people who had participated in Portraits of Recovery projects, our UK partner in the European project, and experienced the work of Fallen Angels Dance Theatre. Recoverists shared their powerful stories of transformation through the arts and talked of their ambition to catalyse a social movement. You can find out more in the Recoverist Manifesto
 
Alex
 

      
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hArt to begin pilot programme for children affected by domestic abuse

The programme is funded by Children in Need, and taking place in Dorset. This will be led by a fully qualified art psychotherapist who will be training another qualified therapist to run the same programme.
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hArt to begin pilot programme for children affected by domestic abuse
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LAUNCH of Bristol Arts on Referral Alliance (BARA)

Save the date for the launch of Bristol Arts on Referral Alliance (BARA): Monday 19th June, 5pm – 6.30pm  
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LAUNCH of Bristol Arts on Referral Alliance (BARA)
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Funding for new Include Programme at Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre

Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre has been awarded funding to develop a dynamic programme of inclusive arts in Taunton. The scheme, which is hoped will act as the pilot for a bigger arts on prescription programme in the region, will bring some of the UK’s most exciting inclusive companies to the South ...
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Funding for new Include Programme at Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre
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Wales begins arts and health mapping exercise

A new survey will inform how the Arts Council of Wales encourages the arts sector to make a greater contribution to health and wellbeing.
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Wales begins arts and health mapping exercise
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Arts outreach projects should focus on 'fun', report says

Work with local communities is challenging and most likely to succeed in collaboration with organisations that already target those communities, according to a new 'Arts Council Communities Programme' report. 
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Arts outreach projects should focus on 'fun', report says
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Independent Arts wins national Arts Council Grant

A £85,000 grant from Arts Council England will fund a new project Time & Tide, a programme across the Isle of Wight of participatory arts to increase older people’s engagement with cultural organisations and address social isolation.
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Independent Arts wins national Arts Council Grant
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Artisan Studio have found a new home!

From now on all Artisan Studio's courses will run in their new studio in Branksome - a self contained annex in a new community hub on Branksome recreation ground.
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Artisan Studio have found a new home!
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 AHSW Podcast
 

AHSW Podcast

New Episode: Rosie Mead - Music in Healthcare Settings    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  You can also listen via Soundcloud. ...
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Running Writing Groups - online course

Discover how to design, launch and facilitate your own writing group. This new 6-week online course will furnish writers, academics and counsellors with the skills and confidence to run writing workshops.
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I Am Joan - Spring Tour 2017

I Am Joan is an autobiographical one woman show. A hopeful comedy about a woman in recovery from trauma finding empowerment by connecting with various inspiring Joans, such as Joan Collins, Joan Jett and Joan of Arc, all of whom embody elusive qualities of resilience and self-belief.   
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Alternative Visions special Exhibition Event

Alternative Visions will be open for a special viewing as part of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference. with a live performance of Delirium: Time and Violence by Victoria Hume, a new piece based on a series of interviews with patients, carers and staff, about delirium and its prevalence in ...
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Transformation: body, mind and society

In this interdisciplinary symposium, leading researchers trace the exciting theme of transformation through art, architecture, history, psychology, physics and biomechanics. 
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Radical Landscapes workshop with International Language Artist

Exploring Sound, Movement, Mark and Language making in the landscape with artist Camilla Nelson. This workshop introduces a variety of movement, sound, and mark-making techniques as part of a poetic investigation into our relationship with the landscape.
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How are you healing? An exhibition about healing

Healing means wholeness: wholeness of our body, mind and spirit, as well as the community and environment we live in. This exhibition shares highlights which have come out of research into healing by a team at Exeter University. 
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Creative Bridges Conference 2017

A collaborative and interdisciplinary conference drawing on the experience of researchers, practitioners, and participants to explore and expand the diversity of Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) 
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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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Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing

8-week course focusing on writing for personal and professional development, with an introduction to journal writing, life writing, poetry therapy, reflective writing, techniques and resources for ...

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New Exhibitions at Art at the Heart of the RUH

Find Another Bath and SWIII: An Exhibition by South West Illustrators. Read the full article for images and more details.

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Dementia-friendly Art-making in the Museum

A hands-on creative activity for people with dementia and carers, inspired by Sea Life and art from the Victorian to the modern, including an aquarium. Includes exhibition ...

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Dementia-friendly Tour of Art and Sea Life

A friendly, relaxed tour of the exhibition Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful which combines the Victorian art of naturalist Philip Henry Gosse with a real aquarium ...

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Mindfulness: Cultivating Presence (with RAMM)

Train your senses and awaken your creativity. Learn techniques to help deal with stressful situations and the demands of everyday life. In collaboration with Mind ...

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Rising Voices Wessex - one day music and singing workshop

Learn something new about music, singing, rhythms and the basics of reading music.

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Exploring chronic pain through performance - Participants Wanted!

Raquel Meseguer (Lost Dog / Unchartered Collective) is looking for 10 participants with chronic pain to develop an immersive performance this summer 2017. Please book onto taster workshop by: 1st May 2017
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Exploring chronic pain through performance - Participants Wanted!
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Drop-in Group for Adults with Mental Health Issues

Art from the hArt for adults is a 2-hour, once a week, opportunity to enjoy some creative work, meet people, and find out how to express yourself in new and creative ways. Wednesdays, 1-3pm in Pennington, Hampshire.
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Drop-in Group for Adults with Mental Health Issues
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Soul Relics Museum seeks contributions

Soul Relics is a new online platform on storytelling, objects and mental health, which is seeking personal contributions in the form of photographs and stories, related to personal life and/or institutional barriers to mental health care. 
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Soul Relics Museum seeks contributions
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Researcher / Evaluator to work with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trus

Paid brief for a Researcher/Evaluator to evaluate a large-scale art and wayfinding project as part of Connect, the public art programme for the 3Ts hospital redevelopment. Deadline for tenders: 23rd June 2017
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Researcher / Evaluator to work with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trus
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Programming Assistant (Dorchester Arts)

Dorchester Arts is seeking a part-time Programming Assistant to support the work of the Artistic Director. This new role will provide vital administrative and practical support for this busy and hugely important area of activity. Deadline: 9am on Monday 8th May.
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Programming Assistant (Dorchester Arts)
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Introductory Workshop in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

1-day workshop at the Metanoia Institute gives participants the opportunity to explore the personal and professional qualities involved in the practice of Creative Writing for ...

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Alternative Visions news and a new AHSW Podcast

You will see within the reams of events listings and news listings this month that we have exciting things coming up with our touring exhibition 'Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art in the South West' which opens for a preview event on 1st June. If you'd like to join us for the grand opening, you can register HERE. 
 
I'm also excited to say there's a new episode of the Arts & Health South West Podcast out today, with Rosie Mead of Musica. You can listen HERE. 
 
As Alex mentioned above, don't forget to register for the Culture Health and Wellbeing conference by 5pm on 31st May! There are still 1-day tickets available which are more affordable at £150. We'll look forward to seeing you there!
 
 
Best wishes
Hannah
 
 

 

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