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

The full programme for the international conference is now available to view online with details about individual sessions and presenter’s biographies. Registration for the conference closes at midnight on Wednesday 31st May. We will be sending out a last reminder in a conference newsletter. If you are attending, we will be in touch with further information soon after registration ends. If you are not able to attend, the main sessions will be live streamed to the conference website and afterwards be available via YouTube.
 
On Tuesday 20th June, the opening keynote is by Lord Howarth of Newport. He will be highlighting some of the key messages and findings of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing’s Inquiry. Following Lord Howarth’s keynote, there will be a session at the conference looking at strategic initiatives and how we might build on them. We have Norma Daykin Professor of Arts as Wellbeing, University of Winchester, speaking about the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, Ellen Rule Director of Transformation, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group presenting Cultural Commissioning in Gloucestershire – the NHS Perspective and Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, talking about DevoManc, the Northern Powerhouse - Fact and Fiction. You can find out more about the session HERE. 
 
The launch of the full Inquiry report has had to be postponed until after the election. All-Party Parliamentary Groups don’t exist during purdah! The launch will now be on 19th July in the House of Commons and on 21st July in Manchester, so more on that in the July newsletter.
 
Don’t forget to vote!
 
Alex
 

      
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Film screening of 'See Me, Hear Me & Relax' - Conversations about being seen and heard between differently abled people.

In Sept 2016, there was a "Flashmob" performance in Exeter, created by people with, and without, learning difficulties. To keep the conversation going a film was made about people's reactions to the flash mob. In this article EncounterTT talk about the film, and its upcoming screening at Exeter Respect Festival 2017.
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Film screening of 'See Me, Hear Me & Relax' - Conversations about being seen and heard between differently abled people.
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Creative Industries Federation launches a general election manifesto for the creative industries

The Creative Industries Federation has launched its manifesto for all political parties for the general election. It builds on the industrial strategy document recently submitted to government.
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Creative Industries Federation launches a general election manifesto for the creative industries
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University Hospitals Bristol: Sanctuary Space

Willis Newson commissioned & collaborated with artist Ptolemy Mann to create designs for the new Sanctuary space at Bristol Royal Infirmary, making innovative use of sliding panel technology to create an interactive artwork.
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University Hospitals Bristol: Sanctuary Space
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Perinatal Positivity Animated Film - Crowdfunder Campaign

ForMed Films need help to fund a 5 minute animated film called Perinatal Positivity aimed at families to be. The film will reach thousands of people across the UK and beyond. It will help families think about their mental health in the time before, during and after childbirth.
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Perinatal Positivity Animated Film - Crowdfunder Campaign
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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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TAnDem Arts and Dementia Conference - 'Making sense of arts and dementia: Perspectives on research and practice'

The second TAnDem Arts & Dementia Conference will continue to explore how we make sense of what actually goes on when an artist works with people with dementia and how researchers, arts practitioners, care staff and those directly affected by dementia can use this knowledge. 
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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 entry for two. All materials supplied.
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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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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 in Exeter & East Devon.
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South West: Region of Readers Project Volunteer Reader Leaders

Volunteer Reader Leaders required to facilitate Shared Reading Groups in libraries as part of a new project, South West: Region of Readers.
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South West: Region of Readers Project   Volunteer Reader Leaders
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Call for chapter proposals for 'Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries'

This new book will inform practitioners about innovative practice and relevant theoretical perspectives in museum and gallery work. Deadline: 30 June 2017
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Call for chapter proposals for 'Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries'
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Engagement Officer - Older People (Bristol Museum and Art Gallery)

The Engagement Officer role is based within the Engagement team in Bristol Culture. The post holder will work closely with colleagues across the city to create an excellent and confident audience-focussed service for people with dementia an their families and deliver an outstanding cultural offer in Bristol. Deadline: 20th June 2017.
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Engagement Officer - Older People (Bristol Museum and Art Gallery)
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Director of Dance: Take Art (South Petherton, Somerset)

This is a significant appointment for Take Art, who are looking for an energised individual with drive, enthusiasm and a clear idea about how they would like to develop dance in Somerset - in both the professional and participatory spheres. Deadline: 12 noon, Wednesday 7th June 2017
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Director of Dance: Take Art (South Petherton, Somerset)
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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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 Training and CPD
 

Clowning in Dementia Care: places still available!

Aimed at people who have some experience or a strong interest working with people with dementia. This 2 day course will introduce the basics of clowning as a means to connect sensitively with people with dementia in residential homes. 3rd and 4th June 9:30-5:00
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Clowning in Dementia Care: places still available!
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Alternative Visions opens to the public

Another exciting thing happining for AHSW this month is the opening of our exhibition, Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art in the South West (created in partnership with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Outside In) which is open to the public from 3rd June, at Bristol Museum.
 
The exhibition will be at Bristol Museum until September, when it will move down to Falmouth Art Gallery. From there it will travel in January to The Wilson in Cheltenham, and finally to Poole Museum in March 2018, before the artworks are returned to the artists.
 
Something special about this exhibition is that there will be 'Discovery Pens' available, which, when touched to each artwork label, will play a spoken response to each piece, recorded by artists with learning disabilities in Bristol, who are part of Artists First. Having listened to all of these audio responses, they really bring the artworks to life in a way which I hadn't imagined - so I would wholeheartedly encourage you to go and listen to them, and be immersed in the dialogue that emerges. 
 
Just an advance warning, as well, that from now until after the CHW Conference, we at AHSW have our conference hats firmly glued on. I'll be back doing the June bulletin and regular activities from 27th June, and then we'll be starting to plan the November Annual Conference!
 
Stay Tuned!
 
Hannah
 

 

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