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AHSW's Director and Trustees reflect on various aspects of arts, health and wellbeing.


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Reflections on recent national developments

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:28

The Secretary of State for Health s speech last week, at the King s Fund Social Prescribing: Coming of Age conference, provided an opportunity for him to expand on his views on Social Prescribing.

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Ray Smith - Blog by Guy Eades, October 2018

Monday, 22 October 2018 11:04

The artist Ray Smith b.1949 who lived at Tintinhull in Somerset has recently died. 14th September 2018. Ray was a highly versatile visual artist working across media, formats and dimensions. More especially he brought to his work and for those he worked in partnership with, lots of humour, creativity, generosity and a great sense of fun.

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Social Prescribing and Arts on Prescription

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 13:06

Alex writes about current developments in social prescribing and the arts

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Shared Territories (talk given at the RSPH)

Thursday, 22 December 2016 16:47

A transcript of Alex Coulter's talk given at the Royal Society of Public Health.

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'Cultural Value' and 'Quality'

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:43

Alex reflects on the challenges surrounding the idea of 'quality' and how this relates to our ideas about 'cultural value', exploring shifts in focus within current thinking around these two concepts.

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All Party Parliamentary Group's Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry

Thursday, 21 January 2016 15:35

The All Party Parliamentary Group's Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry has at its heart a series of round tables, where practitioners, academics, people with lived experience, and service providers come together to share perspectives on the benefits of the arts for health and wellbeing, and the challenges we face in making more good practice happen.

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The Barometer of My Heart

Friday, 7 August 2015 15:00

Alex reflects on the work of artist, Mark Storor. His latest project with Producer, Anna Ledgard, is The Barometer of My Heart which offers an intimate reimagining of masculinity, inspired by workshops and real conversations with men.

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Scientific investigations of art, healing and public health

Monday, 22 June 2015 13:27

AHSW Trustee, Paul Dieppe, flags up literature review of quality scientific evidence for the benefits of arts in health

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Is the Evidence for Arts and Health Good Enough?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:35

Alex Coulter's reflections on the Chief Medical Officer's comments on the evidence base for wellbeing within the context of research and evaluation of arts and health work.

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Sustenance of the Soul, Science and the Imagination

Friday, 13 February 2015 12:31

This blog is inspired by reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. As he says: "Medical professionals concentrate on repair of health, not sustenance of the soul. Yet and this is the painful paradox we have decided that they should be the ones who largely define how we live in our waning days."

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