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For Arts & Health South West: August 2017
AHSW
 

Director's View August 2017

A new policy briefing for arts and cultural organisations is now available to download on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing’s Inquiry webpage: Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing. The policy briefing is co-produced with NCVO and the Cultural Commissioning Programme. It gives you a summary of the Creative Health report and the key recommendations for arts and cultural organisations.
 
We will be considering the recommendations of Creative Health at our annual conference this autumn, particularly those that encourage a focus on building relationships, partnerships and co-production between the cultural and health and social care sectors.
The conference is on 24th November in Bristol and will showcase examples of good practice in arts and health from the South West region as well as provide opportunities for debate and interactive learning. We will be inviting applications for 10 minute ‘provocations’, as in previous years, and if you would like to propose one please get in touch. More details about the programme for the conference in the September newsletter.
 
Everyone who attended the Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference should have received a request to complete a feedback questionnaire. If you haven’t already done so, we would be very grateful for your views and you can access the questionnaire here.
 
We are also now sending out our annual members’ survey. Please follow the link to respond as your views will help us to shape the future direction of the organisation. We will have the results available for the AGM and annual conference in November and they will inform our business plan for 2018-22 which has to be submitted to Arts Council England soon after.
 
 
Alex
 

      
   News  
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Is There a Place for Arts in Health? - A blog by Daisy Fancourt

Dr Daisy Fancourt's recent blog post for the Oxford University Press website, where she explains that "in times of austerity, it is more important than ever that we look for creative ways to improve health."
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Is There a Place for Arts in Health? - A blog by Daisy Fancourt
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Research supports theory that arts can heal society

People who engage with the arts are more likely to be charitable donors and volunteers, a new study has found. 
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Research supports theory that arts can heal society
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Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

A new study, published in the Frontiers neuroscience journal, found learning to dance helped older people combat cognitive decline and improved their balance at a greater rate than simple physical exercise.
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Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain
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Watch: Medicine Unboxed

A portfolio of performances from Medicine Unboxed is available to watch on Vimeo.
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Watch: Medicine Unboxed
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Arts organisations encouraged to engage older audiences

New 'Age-Friendly Standards' launched by the Family Arts Campaign aim to complement existing standards for welcoming families.
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Arts organisations encouraged to engage older audiences
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Watch: Arts and Mental Health on Sky News

Watch and share this segment from Sky News about arts on prescription and the findings from the APPG enquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing.
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Watch: Arts and Mental Health on Sky News
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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 ...

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   Events  
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Arts in Health Manager Forum

An opportunity for arts programme managers and arts coordinators to find out more about other hospital arts programmes in the UK, share best practice, be inspired and network. RSVP by 29th September.
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To Helen Back

A spoken word production from a performer who lives with a disability and talks about recovery from sickness.
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Health Humanities & Arts in Health International Symposium

This symposium aims to bring arts and health together with health humanities for a fruitful exchange and opportunities to enrich practice. It will present and explore the latest research and provide an opportunity to share evidence-based practice. 
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Lost Weekend Festival 2017

A 3-day festival of music, technology, art and ideas offering arange of free and ticketed events taking place in venues and unusual spaces across Exeter city centre.
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Creative Hub Laboratories with EncounterTT

Experimental and inclusive workshops open to early-to-mid-career artists of all disciplines and curious people who want a license to nurture their creativity with others.
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The Loonies Fest: Creating Healing Lunacy

F.E.E.L. (Friends of East End Loonies) present The Loonies Fest: Creating Healing Lunacy - an all-day free festival of visual & performing arts, documented mad history and mad culture, honouring people’s lunacy, creativity and individuality.
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Call for Abstracts: the International Health Humanities & Arts in Health Symposium.

The Symposium will showcase and explore the latest research and provide an opportunity to share evidence-based practice. There will also be a series of workshops, debates and networking opportunities. Deadline: 12pm, 25th September.
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Call for Abstracts: the International Health Humanities & Arts in Health Symposium.
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 Training and CPD
 

E-learning Art Therapy Introduction and Foundation courses

These online courses, offered by the Oxford College Of Arts and Therapies, have been designed by experienced art therapists to help participants decide if an art therapy career is for them.
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E-learning Art Therapy Introduction and Foundation courses
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RCP accredited arts and health training

A short introductory course for doctors, allied health professionals and nurses interested in learning more about the potential of the arts to impact on health, run by London Arts in Health Forum. Thu 21 September 2017, 6-9pm.
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RCP accredited arts and health training
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   Opportunities  
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 Funding Opportunities
 

The Art of Writing Strong Applications for Funding (Training)

This course aims to dispel the mystique of writing strong applications for funding – whether grants from trusts/foundations or statutory bids. 1-day training sessions across the UK, Sep 2017 - Feb 2018.
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The Art of Writing Strong Applications for Funding (Training)
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The Art of Fundraising (Training Sessions Sept 2017 - March 2018 across UK)

Is fundraising a dark art? Fundraising is often seen as partly a magical process and part luck. This 1-day course supports participants to dispel the myths and to learn how research, planning and careful preparation can build successful fundraising. 
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The Art of Fundraising (Training Sessions Sept 2017 - March 2018 across UK)
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 And Finally...

 
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AHSW becomes a Kaleider Resident!

I'm pleased to announce that I will now be spending some time using the wonderful Studio at Kaleider as my base for AHSW.
 
Kaleider is an organisation based in Exeter, UK, "which brings people together to design, promote and produce extraordinary live experiences, products and services". Kaleider are an Arts Council NPO organisation and they are one of the partners organising the amazing Lost Weekend festival in Exeter this October - their part will involve an amazing interactive sound installation in Exeter Library and the ephemeral and mysterious 'Listening Trees' in Exeter's public gardens. 
 
50 'Residents' share the Studio space at Kaleider, from theatre practitioners, to film makers, environmental social scientists, artists and software developers. It is a hub "for individuals and companies who are trying to make the world a better place in pioneering and creative ways". I am the 50th resident, and am excited for the connections that will come out of interacting with so many creative people who perhaps can shed light on the intersectons between art, health, creativity and wellbeing, from surprising new perspectives. 
 
In other news, as Alex mentioned, preparations for this year's Annual Conference will be stepping up a gear in September, so there will be much more information to share on the programme, and tickets, very soon.
 
I hope you had a wonderful summer!
 
Hannah 
 

 

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