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AHSW Annual Conference & AGM 2017

Friday 24th November 2017, 9am - 5pm
Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

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.


Dr Richard Kimberlee

Richard is a senior research fellow at the University of the West of England. He teaches Public Health Economics to MSc Public and Environmental Health students and Physician Associates. He is a founding member of the national Social Prescribing National Network of the UK. He is the South West lead for the Social Prescribing Network. Richard graduated with a first class Sociology/Psychology BA honours degree from Lancaster University in 1983. His MSc. Politics (Distinction) was gained from UWE in 1996, followed by a PHd in 2000. He has taught at Liverpool (John Moores) University, Bradford University and Bath Spa University. His current research interests includes: evaluating complex community health interventions and assessing their social value.  This evaluative work includes analysis of: DoH, SRB, Big Lottery, NRSI, Sport England and EDF programmes. He has worked with a plethora of third sector organizations in the UK and across Europe to develop the capacity of the sector to profile their work. He has a passion about nurturing the social prescribing initiatives that are evolving across the country to ensure that we can develop more preventative health services as resources become scarcer. 

Shrigley Image

image: Illustration by David Shrigley commissioned for the 'Creative Health' Report.







Alex Coulter will introduce the findings from Creative Health, which will set the context for the day.

Dr Richard Kimberlee, Senior Research Fellow at the University of the West of England and regional lead for the Social Prescribing Network, will then speak 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 regional work from across the South West with 10 minute Provocations and there will be further information about local work available via display stands.

If you are interested in submitting an idea for a Provocation please email Alex at alex@ahsw.org.uk or if you would like to book a display stand, email Hannah at info@ahsw.org.uk


The programme will also include Arts & Health South West's 2017 AGM. Details of the AGM including an agenda and accounts will be sent out to members by 1st November.



Please download a copy of the draft programme (updated 27th October) here:

DRAFT AHSW Annual Conference 2017 Programme (PDF)








Gasp! Exploring breathlessness through creative arts

There will be a panel discussion, a performative element, and the exhibition of an installation piece by artist Louise Jenkins… stories made from the letters to the breath for that we’ve collected for Life of Breath Project at:

Arnolfini, Bristol (just across the river from Watershed) Nov 24th 7.30-9.30 pm

book via: GASP Bookings



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