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For Arts & Health South West: January 2018
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Director's View January 2018

Is creativity good for our health and wellbeing? This is the question we will be exploring at our two-day residential winter school at the end of March. We are looking for 2 healthcare professionals, 2 artists and 2 researchers to take part in an immersive creative research experience and question if, and how, creativity impacts on our health and wellbeing. We will be joined by 2 people who have experience of long-term or other health conditions in 'co-producing’ the research.
 
The winter school will be facilitated by lead artist, Sarah Desmarais, and lead researcher, Professor Paul Dieppe. Sarah will facilitate creative activities in response to the natural environment of Durlston Country Park in Swanage, Dorset. Sarah is a textile designer maker, crafts researcher, arts facilitator and mindfulness-based psychotherapist. She is very experienced at creative facilitation with people who have a wide range of artistic experience, including none! The winter school is part of AHSW’s Catalyst Evolve Learning Programme. As this first year is a pilot to inform future plans, it is free to attend. You can find out more here. (Deadline for applications: 5pm on 21st February)
 
I would urge you all to contribute to the current DCMS Select Committee Inquiry on the social impact of participation in culture and sport. The Inquiry will focus on five major themes, taking evidence on social mobility, health, crime reduction, education, community engagement and diversity. You can submit up to 3000 words and they are looking for case studies. The deadline is 22nd February.
 
It’s the time of year for consultations. An important one for our sector is Arts Council England’s consultation on their next 10 year strategy. Please join the conversation and argue for the value of the arts and culture for health and wellbeing as a priority area for the future. And, if you work with young people and mental health, you can provide feedback on the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper. Although much of this consultation is tick box responses, there are opportunities to highlight the value of arts-based approaches towards the end of the 21 questions. Please help us create more clamour for this work!
 
 
Alex
 

      
   News  
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AHSW Winter School 2018

We are looking for 2 healthcare professionals, 2 artists and 2 researchers to take part in a FREE, immersive two-day research exploration to experience and question if, and how, creativity impacts on our health and wellbeing. Deadline for Applications: 5pm Friday 21st February 2018
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AHSW Winter School 2018
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Lottery shortfall forces cuts and changes to ACE 2018-22 budget

£39m less per year is available as Arts Council England announces new funding streams and a new name for Grants for the Arts. (via ArtsProfessional)
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Lottery shortfall forces cuts and changes to ACE 2018-22 budget
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All in the Mind Awards 2018

Have you experienced mental health difficulties now or in the past? Is there a person or group that has made a huge difference to you? Claudia Hammond and BBC Radio 4 want to recognise the people and organisations that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help ...
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All in the Mind Awards 2018
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   Events  
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NEW Exhibition at Art at the Heart of the RUH (Royal United Hospitals Bath)

The Landscape Collective: This prestigious exhibition will show a very large number of landscape collective works by a group of UK based photographers. The exhibition opens on 26th January and will be on show until mid-April.
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Sound Connections Early Years Conference

This year’s conference will focus on the impact of music on health and wellbeing in early-childhood. Join Sound Connections to delve deeper into the extraordinary role that music and the arts can play in positively affecting health and wellbeing of babies, children in early childhood, and parents and carers. 
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Dramatherapy South West Conference/AGM 'Bringing in the Light'

Dramatherapy SouthWest is delighted to announce a forthcoming conference & AGM with a range of exciting workshops & performances bringing illumination to deepest winter and uplift our spirits. This conference is a CPD certified event, at a very reasonable rate.
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Managing Arts Projects with a Social Impact

This full day course adopts a nuts and bolts approach to managing arts projects with a societal impact from planning to evaluation.
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Effective Facilitation with Hard to Reach Adults

This two-day course will explore good practice in theatre facilitation when working with hard to reach adults. It will introduce ideas on how to engage reluctant participants, techniques for dealing with conflict, ready tested exercises and activities that work well in settings for hard to reach adults and the different ...
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Demystifying evaluation: Measuring the social impact of participatory activities

This half-day seminar will outline the theory and practicalities of measuring the social impact of participatory activities on individuals and communities.
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Delivering Workshops in Unusual Places

This half-day seminar will introduce attendees to ideas and strategies for getting the best artistic and personal outcomes when working with vulnerable adults in unusual spaces.
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Creative Ageing: Delivering Excellence in Participatory Activities for Older People

This full day seminar will explore different approaches to designing and delivering first class participatory arts and cultural activities for older people.
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Where Next for Social Prescribing in England - outcomes, patient choice and cost-effectiveness

This Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar will provide an opportunity to discuss the key issues in the increased use of social prescribing in England.
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Growing Excellence in Dementia Care: 10th International Dementia Conference

Ireland’s largest annual dementia event, featuring expert speakers from Ireland and abroad – showcasing best practice nationwide. Early Bird tickets available until 20th January 2018

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Aesop National Arts in Health Conference and Showcase

An event for health decision makers; the focus of the Conference is on how the arts can contribute to current health priorities. Early bird booking deadline 31st ...

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Art Therapy Group in Bristol Open to New Members

This Art Therapy Group in Bristol aims to provide a safe, supportive and facilitated space to creatively explore issues and find out more about yourself. Wednesday evenings 7-9pm ongoing throughout the year, read on for details.
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Art Therapy Group in Bristol Open to New Members
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Call for Submissions: special issue of Perspectives in Public Health

Public Mental Health Special Edition (2019): This special issue will be drawing together research and features that identify and evaluate current practice that may prevent mental ill-health by promoting mental health recovery and wellbeing in communities or in primary care services.
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Call for Submissions: special issue of Perspectives in Public Health
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Call for Entries: European Healthcare Design Awards 2018

Celebrating the cream of healthcare design projects worldwide, the awards will help set a benchmark from which to advance standards in the creation of healthcare ...

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 Work
 

Fundraising and Communications Director - Creative Youth Network

Creative Youth Network are looking for a dynamic and experienced Fundraising and Communications Director to support our work helping young people to achieve their potential. (Part time, Bristol) Deadline: 9am, 5th February 2018
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Fundraising and Communications Director - Creative Youth Network
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 Training and CPD
 

Creative Writing in the Therapeutic Encounter

This experiential Continuing Professional Development day focuses on creative writing and its use within therapy and therapeutic settings. Friday 9th March, 10:00am – 3:30pm. Early bird offer ends 31st Jan.
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Creative Writing in the Therapeutic Encounter
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Introductory Workshop in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

1-day workshop at the Metanoia Institute gives participants the opportunity to explore the personal and professional qualities involved in the practice of Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. Saturday 19th May 2018 in Bristol.
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Introductory Workshop in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes
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Music Care Training Course

A three level training programme that prepares caregivers to use music in their care practice with increased confidence and theoretical understanding 

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Online Course 'The Art of Wellness: Visual arts and Health'

Learn how visual art practices are used in expressive therapies, community healthcare initiatives, and enhancing community health benefits. This free, short course from the University of ...

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 Funding Opportunities
 

Literature Works Annual Fund Open for Applications

The Fund offers awards of between £100-£500 designed to support community based literature activity and to celebrate writing talent in the South West. Round 1 closes 8th June 2018, Round 2 closes 7th December 2018.
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Literature Works Annual Fund Open for Applications
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 And Finally...

 
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Deadline for Challenge Fund applications

For those who have already registered their interest, the deadline for your Challenge Fund applications is 31st January 2018!
 
See our Challenge Fund Page for more info, or email Catherine West at catalyst@ahsw.org.uk
 
Good Luck!
 
Hannah

 

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