July 2017

Arts & Health in the Media

Arts can help recovery from illness and keep people well, report says

The rules of hospital art: ‘If you can’t clean it, you can’t have it’

Poetry and painting... on the NHS: Doctors advised to send patients to classes to help boost their health

Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia

Art Show Celebrates Beauty of Diversity - Event aims to diminish stigma of mental illness while exhibiting local talent

This Is Not Your Typical Merger: Medicine Meets The Arts, Design And Business

The fine art of mental illness: What paintings tell us about someone’s psyche

Study reveals how creative professionals think differently about space

Science classes won’t future-proof our children. But dance might

Art won’t save a community – but it will educate, delight and enrich it

Choirs just as worthy of funding as football, report argues

Pensioners dance away their fears of falling in free sessions

Developing creative thinking skills through art

Prescribe poetry to patients to reduce burden on NHS, GPs advised

Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection announce Why Music? The Key to Memory

Creative touch: Urban Indians are seeking art, dance and movement therapy for improving mental health

Inclusive instruments

Sculpting a path to better brain health at Baycrest

Mercy embarks on new way to provide behavioral health care

Focus on mental health at the Grahamstown Arts Festival



Reading Well

Jacquie Garton-Smith - Who most deserves your kindness?

Make A Move


Research, Publications & Resources

Future Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance announced. The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing and the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing are pleased to announce that from April 2018 we will be merging to become a new Sector Support Organisation, the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA). Funded by Arts Council England as part of the National Portfolio Fund 2018-2022, the new organisation will be led by Arts & Health South West

Promoting mental wellbeing and social inclusion through art: six month follow-up results from Open Arts Essex Art boosts long-term mental health – new study. Taking part in art classes can improve mental health and enhance social inclusion over a prolonged period, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion.

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing, presents the findings of two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists and arts administrators, academics, people in local government, ministers, other policy-makers and parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament. If you would like a hard copy of the report, please email your name and address to

All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Report Podcast This podcast provides an overview of the APPG report launched on the 19th July 2017. 'Creative Health' is an inquiry into the use of arts for health and wellbeing. The research has been gathered over the last two years from collaborations between artists, academics, healthcare professionals and politicians.

Look, i’m priceless! Handbook on how to assess your artistic organisation Published by European network IETM, the report uses online resources and real-world examples to guide arts organisations through the sorts of questions and outcomes they should focus on to achieve their assessment objectives. It aims to help arts practitioners design, carry out and use their evaluations, and to control the process, identifying “risks and traps” along the way.

RETHINKING RELATIONSHIPS. The Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations seeks to increase awareness of the civic role that arts organisations play – and could play – nationally and locally. We want to create a strong and growing movement of organisations committed to demonstrating ‘next practice’. We will work with others to craft recommendations on how policy change and practical support can strengthen this role. We will build on research and consultation working in partnership with arts and social sector organisations and the public and private sector.

ACE self-evaluation toolkit Arts Council England have launched a self-evaluation toolkit for people, companies and partnerships in the arts, cultural and creative sectors.

A new study by Royal Albert Hall shows that listening to live music has a significant positive impact on wellbeing. It found that 69% of British people are ‘happier’ and ‘more stimulated’ when listening to live music. Respondents also said they were ‘more sociable’ (59%) and ‘more engaged’ (68%) when live music is playing, while 73% agreed that ‘live music can make an event feel more special’.

REPOSITORY FOR ARTS AND HEALTH RESOURCES This site is for anyone interested in the field of arts, health and wellbeing, but particularly academics and researchers; policy-makers in central and local government; health and social care managers, and creative arts professionals engaged directly in using their artistic skills in healthcare and community settings to support health and wellbeing.

Reading Well for long term conditions. As part of its successful Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, The Reading Agency and Society of Chief Librarians have launched Reading Well for long term conditions. The scheme is part of the Society of Chief Librarian’s Public Library Health Offer and has been developed with leading health organisations and people with lived experience and their carers. Wiltshire Council are supporting the Reading Well for long term conditions scheme this summer, by providing a series of books in libraries around the county.

Choir singing and creative writing enhance emotion regulation in adults with chronic mental health conditions. Adults with mental health conditions commonly experience difficulties with emotion regulation which affect their social functioning. Arts-based groups provide opportunities for shared emotional experiences and emotion regulation. This study explores emotion regulation strategies and the emotional effects of arts-based group participation in adults with mental health problems and in controls.



Launching new CHA 2017 National Conference Arts in Health Award sponsored by HESTA. Catholic Health Australia is delighted to launch a new Arts in Health Award in recognition of how the arts can enhance the health and wellness experience of patients and aged care consumers in Catholic hospital and aged care facilities and services across Australia.  

VicHealth Awards. The VicHealth Awards are a fantastic opportunity to have your health promotion work – from local projects to state-wide campaigns – recognised and celebrated by the health promotion sector, and beyond. Nominations close at 5pm, Friday 4 August and should be submitted online at where the full entry criteria is outlined. 


The categories for the 2017 Awards are:

·Promoting healthy eating

·Encouraging physical activity

·Preventing tobacco use

·Preventing harm from alcohol

·Improving mental wellbeing

·Communications in health promotion

·Building health through sports

·Building health through arts

·Improving health equity

·Research into action


Events & Conferences


Centre Stage: Identity and Self in the Performing Arts In the performing arts, whatever our role, more often than not we are driven by a desire to create, for our work to meaningfully and uniquely contribute. Alongside that, what we do cannot easily or objectively be appraised. Research and personal experience tells us that our identity and sense of self can be bound up with what we do creatively and the success of these endeavours. This workshop explores matters of identity for people who work within the performing arts. It includes an exercise to help you identify and reflect on your individual core values and how these values and other tools can help you through good times and bad. The role of self-talk and judgment, self-compassion, thought defusion, and emotional acceptance in your own personal and ongoing negotiation of who “you” are, will be discussed. Wednesday 2 August, Arts Centre Melbourne


LIFE GIVING STORIES 2017: Five storytellers from diverse backgrounds on the ultimate gift of life. Everyone has a story. Stories help us connect to each other. They can sometimes save lives. Directed by master storyteller and photographer William Yang and writer and producer Annette Shun Wah, Life Giving Stories is an inspiring storytelling work bringing together five storytellers from a culturally and linguistically diverse background to tell personal stories about their lives.

Be moved by the heartbreaking stories of grieving parents who donate the organs of their son to the extraordinary strength and resilience of individuals who have been touched by organ and tissue donation. Accompanied by rare photographs from private collections, they reveal engaging and moving insights into family, determination, ambition and hardship. Click here to view the Life

Giving Stories 2017 trailer

For more information about Life Giving Stories 2017, please contact MHCS Project Officer Nicole Stevens on T. 02 8753 5000 or MHCS Senior Consultant Kevin Bathman on M. 0404 962 992.

BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS TODAY Group bookings are welcome. Food and refreshments will be served.

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August 6, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (AEST) Bankstown, NSW

The Arts Wellbeing Collective. Thanks to the generosity of the William Buckland Foundation, Arts Centre Melbourne will be taking the Arts Wellbeing Collective program on the road to six regional hubs during 2017. Events will be held in Geelong, Warrnambool, Horsham, Bendigo, Wangaratta and Bairnsdale. Each event will be hosted by Greta Bradman, and will consist of an amalgamation of key modules from across the workshops presented as part of the Arts Wellbeing Collective Pilot Program.

8 - 31 August. Various Locations throughout Victoria, Australia

National Conference: Local Government - The Arts and Older People This conference will look at innovative approaches to improve the Health and Wellbeing of older people. CCP will be presenting, along with presenters from public health, Age Friendly Manchester and Canterbury Christchurch University. Organised by Nottingham City Council in partnership with the Imagine Programme and supported by The Baring Foundation, the audience will include commissioners of health and social care services for older people, care home managers, and people working in the arts and cultural sector.

5 & 6th September

Creative Arts Therapies and Arts in Health After a number of conferences on the subject of the differences and similarities between the practices of arts in health and arts therapies, "Creative Arts Therapies and Arts in Health: Current Training Provisions and Future Challenges" will explore the differences in training between the two approaches. £45 including lunch, t: 0121 440 8273, e:

7 September, Novotel Birmingham Centre, 70 Broad Street, B1 2HT

Landscape, Gardens & Health (LGHN) Conference 2017 ​The therapeutic value of landscapes and gardens: evidence-based design and beyond

£45 or £25 for students/concessions – lunch included.

Friday 22 September 9.30 am  - 18.00 pm, Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre, Bristol BS20 0HH


Silver Sunday an annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK - falls on Sunday, 1st October 2017 and coincides with the United Nations’ Older People’s Day. The day it celebrates the value and knowledge which older people contribute to communities while combating loneliness and isolation. 

1st Oct

The Age of Creativity Festival 2017. England’s first festival for older people is happening later this year. Creativity and culture is good for you, particularly in later life.  The Age of Creativity Festival 2017 will celebrate an eclectic programme of national, regional, local and community events from across England.

The festival fortnight will shine a light on the diverse work that is going on up and down the country in this field and raise the profile of what we do with a collective voice. But they need your help to make it happen. They need venues, organisations, teams and individuals to create opportunities for older people to take part in creative and cultural activities as participants, audience members, volunteers and artists.

1st – 14th October 2017

Attachment & The Arts Conference. Being close to others and having trusting relationships is at the heart of being human. The breaking of these affectional bonds can have cruel and catastrophic effects on any of us. The BAAT ‘Attachment and the Arts’ conferences have aimed to explore art therapy through the lens of attachment theory. The questions are: ‘What is the value of art in building close, trusting relationships?’; ‘What are the implications for art therapy practice and research?’.

Friday 6th Oct, 10am to 16:30pm, Regent's University London, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London

Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival 2017 Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival 2017 (PMCAF’17) will once again be coordinated by the Metro South Addictions and Mental Health Services (MSAMHS), Metro South Health, following the success of the inaugural Festival in 2015 and last year’s Festival in 2016. The Festival is a competition and exhibition that engages young people from primary to tertiary education levels, as well as providing the opportunities for addiction and mental health consumers and carers to participate in a creative arts event. PMCAF’17 will showcase original drama pieces, music and dance performances, as well as visual and media art work by primary and high school students across the Catholic, State, Independent and Alternative sectors on the theme of addiction and child and youth mental health. The Festival aims to align with the five categories of the Australian Curriculum in the arts to raise community awareness and literacy around substance use and mental health, to improve resilience and help seeking behaviours, as well as to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Mental Health Week, 11th October, Queensland, Australia

The Arts Wellbeing Collective EXPO. Join us for a full day event celebrating all things wellness! There will be stalls, activities, workshops, and plenty of surprises. Best of all, the full day is free to attend. Mark it in your diaries now, and stay tuned for program announcements.

Mental Health Week, 11th October, Arts Centre Melbourne

Why Music? The Key to Memory Radio 3 is to return to the Wellcome Collection this autumn for a free weekend of events and broadcasts exploring the relationship between music, memory and the mind.

Why Music? The Key to Memory will feature discussions on everything from the power of song in helping people with a dementia to how conductors learn complicated musical scores and how jazz improvisation works.

Highlights of the weekend include:

·A talk from Dr Catherine Loveday about how people’s enduring musical tastes are dictated by the ‘reminiscence bump’ – the period in our lives from which older adults have the strongest recollections (from the age of 15 to 21).

·A performance from Singing with Friends, a community choir for families living with dementia led by Wigmore Hall in partnership with Westminster Arts, which will be broadcast alongside discussions from those involved on the joy of singing together.

·Findings from Created Out of Mind, a team of artists, scientists and clinicians who have worked together over two years at Wellcome Collection, on how choral singing helps people with dementia.

·A special edition of The Listening Service looking at ‘earworms’.

·A special six-hour ‘slow radio’ night sequence, using music to bind together the voices of people living with dementias as they talk about their concerns and lives.

Visitors will be able to book tickets for the broadcast discussions and there will be a drop-in events including in-gallery interactions to explore music, memory and the mind, pop-up activities, and a look at improvisation and memory.

Why Music? The Key to Memory will be broadcast on Radio 3 and will also be available on iPlayer for 30 days.

13-15 October. All of the events are free, but most are ticketed. Booking opens on 29 September.

Unleashing health by design: Creating a culture of wellness in our cities Organised by SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange in collaboration with Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, the inaugural Congress seeks to share and stimulate new research, innovative practice and progressive policy ideas on how to design economically and ecologically sustainable cities that enhance citizen health and wellbeing.


Six dedicated streams will focus on:


·Sustainable development;

·Smart cities;

·Urban planning;

·Homes and neighbourhoods;

·Work and mobility.

16-17 October 2017

Royal College of Physicians, London, UK

Creativity and Wellbeing 2018. Following the success of this year’s Creativity and Wellbeing festival we are pleased to announce the dates for next year’s celebration of health and creativity. The week will take place from 4th to 10th June 2018 and we expect it to be bigger than ever. This year, there were over 330 events with more than 35,000 people attending.


Call for Papers

Health Humanities & Arts in Health International Symposium. The Symposium will present and explore the latest research and provide an opportunity to share evidence-based practice. There will also be a series of workshops, debates and networking opportunities. Early Bird Registration and abstract submission is now open.


Call for abstracts: We welcome a range of presentation styles including the following:

·15-minute papers - 15 minute presentation and 5 minutes for questions. This can be an individual or team presentation.

·Flash Sessions – these are 5-7-minute short discussion pieces/provocations

·Practical Workshops – this is an opportunity to share some art making or show what you do

·Other – please submit another format if you wish, suggested formats are welcome


Keynote speakers include:

·Professor Stephen Clift (Director Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Christ Church Canterbury University)

·Professor Paul Crawford (Professor of Health Humanities, University of Nottingham).

·Professor Susan Hogan (Professor in Cultural Studies and Art Therapy, University of Derby).

·Professor Aaron Williamon (Director at the Centre for Performance Science at Royal College of Music London)


27 & 28th November 2017, Derby Enterprise Centre, UK. Early bird reduced rates available until 1st August 2017

Performing Arts Workers - Contribute to Research. Greta Bradman is currently conducting research into the mental health and wellbeing of adults who work in the performing arts in Australia – that includes front of house staff, catering staff, administration staff, tech staff, musicians, dancers to name just a few categories, who are aged 18 years or older. If you can spare approximately 15 to 20 minutes of your time, please click here to complete the survey

Opportunities, Funding & Training

Participation Project Manager, The National Portrait Gallery is looking for someone with significant previous experience of working in arts for the health and wellbeing sector to develop and deliver an engaging learning project to four London children’s hospitals. The successful candidate will be a creative thinker with insights and ideas in exploring collections and a strong collaborator with the ability to work independently and manage experimental projects. In return you will have the opportunity to work with an outstanding collection and a range of contemporary artists to deliver a child centred project which enhances opportunities for learning for children of all ages and abilities.

Part-time, 24 hours per week. Pro-rata £33,000 per annum. Three Year Fixed Term Contract

Deadline 4 August

Aberdeen Performing Arts - Drama for the Autistic Learner/NT Insight Sessions. Learn to create a ready-to-deliver drama workshop for the Autistic Learner with specialists from Touchstone, followed by 2 Insight Sessions on NT's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Aberdeen Performing Arts are delighted to host a Practitioner Training event in collaboration with Touchstone and the National Theatre. Learn to create a ready-to-deliver drama workshop for the Autistic Learner with theatre specialists from Touchstone, followed by 2 Insight Sessions on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, led by Kim Pearce (Resident Director on both UK tours), and concluding with the production itself at HMT.

Deadline 9 August

Creative Partnerships Australia Arts fundraising mentorships: Applications open. We’re offering 12 arts fundraising mentorships for Australian arts organisations in 2017/18. Successful organisations will nominate their lead fundraiser, development manager or equivalent and we'll match them with an experienced arts fundraiser. Over 10 months mentors and mentees will work together to set organisational fundraising goals while developing skills and methodology. Interested? Head to our website for program guidelines, application form and other information.

Deadline 18 August

Call for applications for second round of ‘Celebrating Age’ funding Celebrating Age is a joint Arts Council England/Baring Foundation fund, which supports partnerships between arts and older people’s organisations.


The programme will support cultural spaces and other organisations working collaboratively, in a partnership or as a consortium, to:

·Support arts and cultural spaces to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people

·Take arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage.

Partnerships or consortia may include those between cultural organisations and also between cultural and non-arts organisations. Lead applicants must be Arts Council funded. Full details of the programme criteria and application schedule are available on Arts Council England’s website.


The deadline for initial EoI 31 August

Youth Arts Project Management and Reflective Practice* - 6-day Training Course

14 & 15 September, 12th & 13th October, 15th & 16th November 2017, 10 am- 4.15 pm

Cockpit Arts, London

British Lung Foundation Singing for Lung Health Training. The BLF are now recruiting for our next "Singing for Lung Health" training course

16 & 17 September, Glasgow

Best Practice in Community Regeneration Awards: SURF - Scotland's Regeneration Forum. Apply now for SURF’s annual awards recognising Best Practice in Community Regeneration - categories are Creative, Community Led, Most Improved Place, Housing and Youth Employment. SURF’s annual awards process is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government. It is open to all community regeneration projects in Scotland which are currently in place or have been completed within two years of the closing date.

Deadline 17 September

Winston Churchill Craft and Design Travelling Fellowships The new Craft and Design 2018 Travelling Fellowships programme is currently open for applications for those inspired by the work of overseas designers, with a project in mind to support craft skills or wanting to work with overseas craft people/designers.

Deadline 19 September