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

You can now book a place at AHSW’s Annual Conference and AGM on 24th November at the Watershed in Bristol.
 
After my introduction to the findings from Creative Health, which will set the context for the day, we are very pleased that Dr Richard Kimberlee, Senior Research Fellow at the University of the West of England and regional lead for the Social Prescribing Network, will be speaking about the regional picture for this fast developing area of practice. We will then hear from Sue Moss, Public Health Principal at Bristol City Council, about the work going on with social prescribing across the City. In the afternoon you will be able to experience how the Bristol Arts on Referral team deliver arts on referral as part of the city’s social prescribing offer. Continuing the theme, we are delighted that Viv Gordon will be performing PreScribed (a life written for me), which explores the side effects of being a GP navigating an NHS in meltdown. We will be showcasing your work with 10 minute Provocations and there will be opportunities to display information about your work. If you are interested in submitting an idea for a Provocation or booking a display stand please email Hannah or me.
 
As a follow up to the publication of the Creative Health report, we are very pleased that there will be a Westminster Hall debate on the Effects of the Arts on Health. The debate is initiated by the Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, the Rt Hon. Ed Vaizey MP, and will be on 11 October 2017 from 4.30-5.30pm. It will feature a response to the issue from the Minister for the Arts, John Glen MP, and you can find out about how to attend HERE.
 
We are encouraging arts and health practitioners to email your local MP to tell them about your work and encourage them to attend the debate. If you don’t know who your MP is you can find them HERE. Emails can be short and simply link to your activity and the debate. It may also be helpful to link to the report and ask MPs whether they might consider joining the APPG. A strong expression of interest in the debate is likely to prompt increased action in response to the Inquiry report. If you would like more guidance on this please contact me at appgahw@gmail.com.
 
Please spread the word about the debate via your networks and tweet about it using the hashtags #APPGAHW and #ArtsHealthWellbeing
 
Please remember to fill in the annual members’ survey. We are very keen to hear your views.
 
Alex
 

      
   News  
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Interactive Sound Sculpture at Exeter Library explored in relation to Dementia, Mental Health and Communication

BellHouse will be installed in Exeter Central Library from the 6th-28th of October. During that time you are invited to view or be involved in a participatory event exploring Dementia, Mental Health and communication. 
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Interactive Sound Sculpture at Exeter Library explored in relation to Dementia, Mental Health and Communication
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ONS Wellbeing data 2012-17

The Office of National Statistics has released wellbeing data for the past six years. The personal wellbeing data is searchable by region and indicates that happiness and life satisfaction levels have increased slightly over time.
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ONS Wellbeing data 2012-17
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Creativity and Wellbeing Planning - 2018

Creativity and Wellbeing, the annual festival of arts and health, will take place from 2 June to 10 June 2018. LAHF are now inviting organisations to add their events to their website, to be promoted as part if the festival - deadline 23rd March 2018!
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Creativity and Wellbeing Planning - 2018
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   Events  
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AHSW Annual Conference & AGM 2017

A Bristol-based arts and health conference with a packed programme of keynotes, workshops and performance. An opportunity to hear inspiring and practical insights into what's happening with Social Prescribing and engage with arts and health work happening across the South West.
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FREE Under 5s Stay and Play at Trinity Community Garden

Come and join Trinity Community Garden at our Under 5’s Stay and Play, for arts and crafts, creative play and story-time at our FREE drop in sessions every Thursday morning.
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Weekly Community Day at Trinity Community Garden

Come and join Trinity Community Garden at their Weekly Community Day, for Food Growing DIY and Cooking at our FREE drop in sessions, open to all.
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Wild Walks for Wellbeing (Bristol)

Improve your mental health and fitness through walking, with the Wild Walks for Wellbeing group who run free sessions every Thursday afternoon in Bristol.
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Museums as Spaces for Wellbeing - South West Networking Event

The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing are encouraging museums to think about setting up partnerships with health related organisations in their area, and are looking for individuals to attend FREE networking days as part of a 2017 training programme.
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New Exhibitions at the Central Gallery (RUH Bath Hospital)

Art at the Heart of the RUH is pleased to present a new exhibition at the Central Gallery at RUH Bath Hospital: the RUH Staff and Volunteer Exhibition 2017
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Ageing Well Conference

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK - LIMITED TICKETS REMAINING. How does society prepare for an ageing population? This is an opportunity to be influenced by new perspectives, share knowledge and network with a range of other organisations.
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Medicine Unboxed 2017: MAPS

This year’s Medicine Unboxed which brings together academics writers and clinicians is themed around the notion of Maps.
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Fashion and Psychoanalysis International Conference

The Freud Museum is hosting an international conference bringing together psychoanalytic thinkers and fashion experts to offer fresh perspectives in fashion and mental health. Tickets from £25.
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Art in Mental Health: A Foundation Course in Art Therapy

This popular part-time course introduces participants to key factors in working with visual art in a wide variety of therapeutic and health contexts, focussing on broad mental health issues. Students will gain an awareness of the uses and value of Art Therapy along with a general understanding of the theory ...
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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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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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   Resources  
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Art of the Possible

The NCVO Cultural Commissioning Programme has published a guide for commissioners of health and wellbeing services on partnering with the arts and cultural sector to deliver better outcomes. 
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Art of the Possible
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   Opportunities  
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 Work
 

Exciting opportunity for an artist/urban designer to work as part of an engineering team and other regeneration developments in West Bay, Dorset, UK.

Dorset Coast Forum (DCF) are looking to appoint a Consultant Artist / Urban Designer for concept development and detailed design on three exciting projects in West Bay, Dorset. Read on for a full brief, deadline 3rd October 2017 
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Exciting opportunity for an artist/urban designer to work as part of an engineering team and other regeneration developments in West Bay, Dorset, UK.
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   Opportunities  
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 Training and CPD
 

Clowning and Dementia Training Part 1

The Original Spinners are delighted to be hosting Clown in Dementia training led by international clown and trainer Angela Halvorsen Bogo. On 14th and 15th of October in Bristol, UK.
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Clowning and Dementia Training Part 1
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Arts in Health Research Intensive at the University of Florida

A 5-day introduction to the field of arts in health and fundamentals in evaluation and research. January 29 - February 2, 2018 at the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine. Scholarships available!
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Arts in Health Research Intensive at the University of Florida
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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 ...

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 Funding Opportunities
 

Health and Wellbeing Social Prescribing Fund

The Department for Health’s Health and Wellbeing Fund 2017/18 for social prescribing is now open for applications. Read on for more information. Deadline: 21st November 2017.
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Health and Wellbeing Social Prescribing Fund
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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 ...

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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 ...

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 And Finally...

 
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Let's Get Reacquainted

At our AHSW Board Away day this month we talked about the importance of finding ways to really get to know all the people that make up AHSW's membership.
 
This is why, as Alex said, it's really important for us that you take the time to fill in our annual members’ survey
 
We will also be taking the opportunity at our Annual Conference & AGM in November to have more conversations with you about what brings you to Arts and Health and what your interests, aspirations and concerns are. 
 
I'm going to be dedicating more of my time this coming year to getting to know our members better, so as AHSW's official 'Enquiries Service' operator, I'd love to hear from you!
 
My available office days at AHSW might change a little next month, but more info on that in the next newsletter.
 
Best wishes
 
Hannah
 

 

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