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

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing’s Inquiry Report: Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing was launched in parliament on 19th July. Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes and Chair of the Health Select Committee, spoke about the importance of the inquiry in the context of social prescribing. John Glen, MP for Salisbury and Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Tourism, made a commitment to pursue the recommendations in Creative Health, in particular to work with Ministers in the Departments of Education, Health and Local Government to deliver a cross-government strategy on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.
 
There were presentations from Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and The Reader, with powerful personal testimonies from people who have experienced the benefits of the arts for their own health and wellbeing. On Friday 21st July there was another launch at Manchester Metropolitan University with more moving stories of transformational change from The Homeless Library,Start in Salford and Portraits of Recovery.
 
The report has received good coverage in the press. Prior to the launch there was a fantastic piece by Nicci Gerrard in the Observer, and also one by Sam Walker, an artist who lives in Devon and who presented at our round table on Young People, Mental Health and the Arts. On the day of the launch it was covered by the Telegraph and the Daily Mail as well as the Guardian, The Times, the Evening Standard and Sky News amongst others.
 
Some of you may have seen Daisy Fancourt and Russell Haines on BBC Breakfast. Russell is an artist who discovered his love of painting at Artlift in Gloucestershire. His story is a case study in the Creative Health Short Report. Daisy has made a brilliant 5 minute pod cast about Creative Health which you can listen to here. If you would like to be sent a hard copy of the main report please email culture@kcl.ac.uk with your name and postal address.
 
Now for a long holiday!
 
Alex
 

      
   News  
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Creative Writing Brings Generations Together

Independent Arts' Creative Writers project has been incredibly productive in recent months. During the summer term, they connected with four primary schools and five local libraries to work with children on creative writing projects.
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Creative Writing Brings Generations Together
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Creative Freelancers Report

The Creative Industries Federation has published a report looking at the experiences of freelancers working in the arts. Nearly half of the creative workers in the creative industries - 47 per cent - are freelance compared with 15 per cent across the workforce as a whole.
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Creative Freelancers Report
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Art 'doesn't need to be useful', report advises self-evaluating organisations

A new resource aims to guide arts organisations through self-assessment, whether they have chosen to do it or been asked to do so by a funder.
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Art 'doesn't need to be useful', report advises self-evaluating organisations
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Arts and Health Top the Agenda at Somerset s Latest Creative Networking Event.

Health and wellbeing are the focus of Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre’s creative speed networking event on Wednesday 20th September. This dynamic evening offers health and arts professionals an opportunity to forge new relationships, discuss potential projects and launch a new arts and health network for Somerset.
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Arts and Health Top the Agenda at Somerset s Latest Creative Networking Event.
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New national body for culture, health and wellbeing

The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing will be merging with the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing to become a new Sector Support Organisation - the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA), led by Arts and Health South West.
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New national body for culture, health and wellbeing
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Creative Arts Therapies and Arts In Health: Current Training Provisions and Future Challenges

A conference held jointly between Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies (BCAT), Canterbury Christ Church University and The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) 
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Growth in the UK creative industries and priorities for the Industrial Strategy (Seminar)

This seminar will examine the priorities for the UK’s creative industries post-Brexit.
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Talk: Other-ing - Working on the border

Join Art Refuge UK’s Bobby Lloyd and Naomi Press for a talk and panel discussion about the art therapy work currently being delivered by Art Refuge UK's team with unaccompanied minors and adult men in the Calais area of northern France.
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Workshop: Other-ing - Engaging with our prejudice, power and privilege

How does privilege create power and how can power lead to an acting on prejudice?  This workshop is for therapists and professionals alike to reflect on working with those who are different to us.
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Other-ing: Apples and Bananas Exhibition

Apples & Bananas is a student-led exhibition showcasing artwork made by graduating MA Art Therapy students from the University of Hertfordshire. This exhibition is a celebration of their shared experience of becoming art therapists. 
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Arts and Health Speed Networking

Want to see more creative projects promoting health and wellbeing in Somerset? Come to Tacchi Morris' Arts and Health Speed Networking event to make connections, explore collaborative projects and find out about funding.
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Looking at innovative approaches to improve the Health and Wellbeing of older people.

A 2-day conference organised by Nottingham City Council in partnership with the Imagine Programme and supported by The Baring Foundation.

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Sensing Movement: A Dance, Health and Wellbeing Symposium, Dublin

This one-day symposium will focus on connection, community and sustainable dance and health practice, supporting health practitioners, movers, teachers, students and those searching to connect ...

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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 ...

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 Research
 

Longitudinal research into wellbeing

Taking part in art classes can improve mental health and enhance social inclusion over a prolonged period, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion.
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Longitudinal research into wellbeing
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Movements of Care - contributions wanted

Katherine Hall, a dance artist based in Bristol, is seeking contributions for a new publication collating a list of ‘movements of care’ or physical actions designed to deliver care. Deadline for responses: Fri 4th August 2017
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Movements of Care - contributions wanted
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Call for evidence: The arts for refugee health and well-being.

If you or your organisation works with refugees or asylum seekers using the arts, please read on to see if your work meets the evaluation criteria and could contribute to this systematic review. This call is for work that has not been published academically. Deadline: 1st November 2017
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Call for evidence: The arts for refugee health and well-being.
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Call for evidence: participatory arts for promoting wellbeing and quality of life in healthy older people

Emily Bradfield is carrying out a review of evidence of participatory arts in older age. If you run participatory arts activities for older people, she is interested in your evaluation report(s).
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Call for evidence: participatory arts for promoting wellbeing and quality of life in healthy older people
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CHW conference feedback survey

I'm now back in the office after 10 days exploring central Europe - thank you for your patience if you sent any enquiries through to me during that time!
 
We are now at the point where we'd like to gather together feedback about the Culture Health and Wellbeing 2017 International Conference.
 
We have made a survey which should take less than 10 minutes to complete.
 
If you attended the conference, we'd really love to hear what you thought. As a very small team, organising this kind of event is something completely different to what we usually do, which is why feedback is so important. 
 
You can find the survey here: CHW 2017 Feedback Survey
 
Have a restful summer everyone - our next newsletter will come to you in mid-August before we close the AHSW office for a short break.
 
Hannah
 
 

 

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