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AHSW Annual Conference and AGM 2018

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th December 2018, 9am - 4:30pm
Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW

This year we are offering a 2-day annual conference in Bristol focusing on 'Diversity & Inclusion in Arts and Health'.



The conference will happen at the Trinity Centre in Bristol on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th December 2018. As usual, AHSW Members receive a discount by buying members-only tickets!

Visit our eventbrite profile to view more information and to buy tickets: http://ahsw.eventbrite.com 

(you can also request to pay via invoice when you check out)


If you have requested to pay by invoice and fail to pay by the start of the event (13th December), your ticket will be invalidated, unless you alert us beforehand to the delay and agree a payment schedule. 

Tickets are available for either or both days and we have 60 FREE PLACES for day 1, which we are offering as bursaries to enable artists and health practitioners working in addiction and/or recovery and people in active recovery to attend the first day for FREE. To register for one of these free places, email admin@artandsocialchange.eu with a brief description of your role and work. Then, you will be provided an invitation to register for one of the FREE places for the first day. You will need to book separately for the second day.

You can get  early-bird tickets from now until 18th October, after that ticket prices increase to a standard price. There are also concessions available for day 2. 



Join us for a day exploring the experience and lessons emerging from an EU project, Art & Social Change - which has a focus on the use of the arts for health practitioners in addiction and recovery. 

The project offers a rich case study on diverse perspectives. The project has brought together health practitioners from this sector - where burnout can be particularly acute, with artists, and people in active recovery. They are co-developing a training programme for health practitioners on using art in addiction and recovery contexts. AHSW are producing a special podcast series with participants in the project. Listen to a discussion about art in the lives of healthcare workers on the project in the first episode HERE.

Read about the first and second round pilot training HERE.

The project is premised on the CHIME theory of recovery and uses an experiential model of delivery - embedding arts activities in the approach to training. It has also brought together cultural perspectives from five different countries - around the difficult and often stigmatised area of addiction.



On the 14th December we will focus on diversity and inclusion in arts and health, as well as have the AHSW AGM.

Sado Jirde, Director of Black South West Network, is helping us plan the conference. Claire Hodgson, joint Artistic Director of Diverse City, will be speaking and we will be hearing from some of the artists involved in the Alternative Visions project. Come and engage with the discussion and find out practical ways to make change happen. We are inviting ‘provocations’ of 10 minutes on the subject of diversity and inclusion in arts and health. Please get in touch with alex@ahsw.org.uk if you would like to speak.

A full programme will be available soon, to include a keynote from Claire Hodgson, two panels focusing on different aspects of diversity and inclusion in the arts, provocations, and various interactive workshop sessions on topics including diversity and fundraising.


Lunch and tea & coffee is included in the ticket price. 


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