Arts & Health News

19th July 2017
Creative Health: Report
The All-party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts Health and Wellbeing will formally launch a report from Westminster.

Welsh arts and health mapping exercise to inform future practice
Arts Council Wales is conducting a survey of existing arts and health activity to inform its approach to health and wellbeing in the future. The survey will detail the nature, scope and logistics of recent, current and future arts and health project.

July 10th
First National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare Conference

12th – 20th June
Creativity and Wellbeing Week

Arts Council England
LAHF has produced a brochure including all the events in the week (click to view on Issuu).

19th, 20th & 21st June 2017 – tickets available until 31st May 2017
Culture, Health & Wellbeing International Conference and Exchange

Bristol Culture Health Wellbeing
The conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

31st May
‘Beyond Bars’ arts festival
‘Beyond Bars’ will showcase the experiences and the problems of punishment through the work of former prisoners in music, theatre and poetry. Book here.

10th May – 28th June 2017 
Folk music for people with dementia
Arts4Dementia are providing eight workshops of music, singing and dancing for people with dementia and their carers at St Mary The Boltons, Kensington.

8th May
‘The Way I See It’ – Free event at The Wellcome Trust
Join Created out of Mind collaborators for a discussion exploring how dementias are represented in the media, in music and through stories.
Book a place

Until 1st May
Liverpool and Salford
HOAX Our Right to Hope

An award-winning trilogy of artworks telling the true story of a young man from Manchester, his poetry, his life and death with schizophrenia.
Ziggy’s Wish in partnership with Psychosis Research Unit presents stage musical HOAX My Lonely Heart, graphic novel HOAX Psychosis Blues, and a free narrative app together

16th May 2017
Central and North West London Arts in Health Away Day at Rudolph Steiner House, London

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I’ll be blogging after this Away Day bringing professionals together for skillsharing, networking, and attending to the evidence-base.

19th May 2017
Architecture and Mental Health Conference: Creative Environments That Promote Care

Fragmentary: exploring mental health & photography
Fragmentary is an arts website focusing solely on exploring the complex issues of mental health and emotions through photographic projects and artworks. We are looking for works that move, provoke, and stir a dialogue surrounding mental health, the psychology of the self and others, or projects with therapeutic potential.

May 2017
Carnegie UK Trust announces £150,000 Engaging Libraries Programme (UK)

Public libraries (UK & Ireland) that want to pilot creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing may apply to the Engaging Libraries programme between the 2nd May and the 23rd August 2017.
The programme offers £5,000 – £15,000 to libraries along with a package of support from library and engagement experts.

Library staff who are interested in applying are invited to attend one of the applicant workshops running during May 2017.
Read more at:

May – August 2017
Funding for music making projects (England)

Youth Music, England’s largest children’s music charity, has announced new application deadlines for its grant making programmes. Grants are available to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people up in challenging circumstances as well as projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector. Youth Making’s funding programme is made up of three separate funds. Read more at:

Closes 15th May 2017
PhD studentship: Impacts and Experiences of Using Participatory Instrumental Music in Health and Wellbeing Contexts.
University of Winchester – Centre for Arts as Wellbeing

22nd – 30th April 2017
Preview 21 April 6-9pm

Spatial Affinities
// Creativity

Stacey Coughlin
in conversation with Elaine Fox, Lisa Risbec and Jodie Silverman

Bankley Studios Gallery, Bankley Street, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3PP

Spatial Affinities’ is an exploration of the essence of Space/Place and our emotional and behavioural responses to it, within both the individual and collective context.

Containing installation sculptures, the exhibition considers the idea that conversations form their own atmosphere or ambience and how mental imagery can emerge and linger through these interactions.

Influenced by relational aesthetics, hermeneutics, and dialogical art, this series involves talking one-to-one with creative practitioners and artists about their creativity.

Shared Spatial Discussion: 30 April 2-4pm
All welcome to attend
Drawing the exhibition to a close, some of the artists involved will be in discussion together and responding to the artworks on display.Open Sat & Sun 12-4pm
or by appointment. Please contact
@StaceyLCoughlinBankley Studios & Gallery
Bankley Street, Manchester, M19 3PP

April 6th 2017
So Many Beauties

This month a musical partnership between a North West composer and people with dementia will be shared at Manchester Cathedral. A musical ensemble and choir will perform ‘So Many Beauties’, celebrating a project funded by the Arts Council and the charity Music in Hospitals known as ‘Adages’. Project leader Holly Marland, who plays a kora, wrote the piece collaboratively in residential care homes and hospitals. The sessions involved residents singing, writing poetry, having creative conversations and improvising using percussion.
Book a place here. 

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