June 2017

Arts & Health in the Media 

We need an “outbreak of kindness”, says Campaign to End Loneliness

£5m art and design programme to enhance Edinburgh hospital


New York artist returns to hometown of Virginia Beach to present art installation, and nurture creativity of children


The healing powers of art to those with mental illness


Bayside artist’s work features on Brisbane billboards as part of mental health campaign


The healing power of art


Atlantic Health leading the way in healing arts


Coatbridge art workshop offers help to people with mental health problems and learning difficulties


Highlighting the role of art in good health


Wellbeing and health: How art has given us our lives back


Using Art as Tool to Ease Effects of Memory Loss 

Music Can Help Improve Skills in Children With Learning Disabilities

Escape from hospital stress


Arts and science combine for dementia care


Music to their ears: Song- and instrument-based therapy helps kids with special needs develop, participate


The rise of pottery and why we all need some soulcraft in our lives - even Brad Pitt


Music to their ears: Song- and instrument-based therapy helps kids with special needs develop, participate

Mayday Club autistic advocacy youth choir releases album

Psychologist Kathy Pike on The Role of Arts in Today’s Mental Health Crisis

How music is being used to treat autism

Research, publications & Resources

Talking about Arts in Health. A white paper from the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine addressing the language used to describe the discipline from a higher education perspective.

Dance for Falls Prevention – evaluation of pilot A report, published by Aesop on its dance for fals programme, has shown positive outcomes for participants, including reduction in loneliness, and improvements in functional health, mental health and wellbeing.


Academics call for singing on prescription for respiratory illness Research published by the Sydney de Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health has shown that singing improves the quality of life for people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

"Making Sense of Dance" toolkit. This resource is intended to support anyone who wants to lead or take part in a movement session, and results from an ongoing collaboration between Sense and Studio Wayne McGregor. It is intended to help support staff and participants interested in developing creative movement-based and provides tips and ideas for creative activities which can be adapted and developed to suit people of all abilities.


Non-clinical community interventions: a systematised review of social prescribing schemes. This review focused on evaluation of United Kingdom social prescribing schemes published in peer-reviewed journals and reports. Schemes, including arts, books, education and exercise “on prescription” refer patients to community sources of non-clinical intervention.


Arts in Health: Designing and researching interventions. A new book by Daisy Fancourt, published by Oxford University Press, that provides an overview of how to go about undertaking research and practice in the field of arts in health. Part I explores the context for arts in health interventions, including the history of the use of arts in health and the theoretical and political developments that have laid the foundations for its flourishing. Part II examines how to design an arts in health intervention, develop partnerships and find funding and considers the sensitivities around working in healthcare. Part III considers the value of research for the field of arts in health and how to design and undertake a research project. Part IV provides a fact file of arts in health research and practice, showing how the arts can be applied and the benefits they can bring across a range of medical disciplines.


Self evaluation is a vital first step towards improving your work.  It can also help with self confidence and resilience. Arts Council England has developed a Self Evaluation toolkit for people, companies and partnerships in the arts, cultural and creative sectors.


Art at the Heart of the RUH wins a Creative Bath Award for Art. Congratulations to neighbouring arts and health charity Art at the Heart of the RUH who won the Creative Bath 2017 Award for ‘Art’. The awards took place on Thursday 8th June 2017 and celebrate the very best of Bath’s creativity. Find out more on their website.


Events & Conferences 

Arts 4 Dementia Drama workshops. Working with director Ross Crosby, these eight weeks of free workshops at Arcola Theatre will use theatre, reminiscence and storytelling techniques to explore the mind and wellbeing.

6 June - 25 July, London

National Alliance for Musicians in Healthcare conference. The first national conference for the National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare will be held at Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney Street, London SW3 on Monday 10 July 2017, 11:00-18:00, supported by Arts Council England.

The National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare (NAMIH) represents a range of practitioners committed to supporting, developing and delivering person-centred music practice within healthcare.

10 July

GEM's Intermediate Course: Health and Wellbeing. Want to advance your professional development & support wellbeing in your heritage organisation?  Are you already delivering health and wellbeing programmes but are looking for ways to improve or build upon this practice? In partnership with National Alliance for Museums Health and Wellbeing (NAMHW), the course Health and Wellbeing has been developed as part of GEM's ACE-funded Learning & Sharing Centre project. Health and Wellbeing is one of five GEM intermediate courses that will address the core competencies identified by GEM, to help raise professional standards in the museum, heritage and cultural sector.

10 July, 27 November and 24 January (2018) 

People Dancing Summer School 2017 Staged at De Montfort University, Leicester, from Thursday to Friday 25-28 July, Summer School 2017 promises to be a celebration of dance and an inspiration to dance practitioners working across a wide range of communities.  This year's courses include dance for:

  • People living with Parkinson’s (both at Introductory and Advanced levels)

  • Early years

  • Older people

  • Including disabled people in your dance practice

  • People living with cancer

There will also be a special choreography course, hosted by Cecilia Macfarlane and Jo Rhodes, building on the popular book: Any Age, Any Body, Any Dance, as well as opportunities to explore new techniques to broaden your dance practice - including Parkour with artists from Urban Playground and a Musical Theatre workshop with West End star Alexandra Jay. 

25 – 28 July, De Montfort University, Leicester

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, Birmingham. 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

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

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

Call for Papers

Call for artists, bloggers, writers and people with experience of breast cancer. Breathless Breastless Project is a breast cancer awareness art exhibition, bringing together artists and people with lived experience. The Project has exhibited in Aberdeen and Peterhead and also at The Saltaire Arts Festival Bradford. The project is seeking new work to be exhibited at The Carre Gallery, Sleaford, Lincolnshire in November 2017.

If you would like to be involved in the Project in any way or would like more information, please contact Louise Stedman - e:; t: 07706 691346

Opportunities & Training

Youth Music’s grants programme provides funding for inclusive music-making projects in England. It is made up of three separate funds, offering small, medium-sized and strategic grants. Each grant has a separate deadline, with the small grants deadline being 18 August 2017.

Fund A offers small grants for high quality music-making projects and involves a simple application process.

Fund B offers medium-sized grants for larger programmes of work.

Fund C offers grants for strategic programmes to help embed sustainable, inclusive music-making across a local area.

Closing dates for applications to Fund A is 5pm on the 18th August 2017, Fund B the 10th November 2017 and Fund C the 23rd June 2017.

Intermediate Course: Health and wellbeing in museums. This East Midlands course, designed by the Group for Education in Museums, is aimed at supporting the professional development of mid-career heritage educators involved with health and wellbeing. The course will combine a one-day workshop with a few short activities to be completed prior to and after the workshop, reinforcing and embedding your professional development.

10 July 2017

Artists' expressions of interest, Children's Hospital Group, Dublin. The Children’s Hospital Group (CHG) invites expressions of interest from experienced artists to enter into a phase of Research and Development between August and October 2017 leading to proposals for a range of ambitious artworks that will be integrated into the new children’s hospital public realm spaces and its Paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centres.

This Research and Development Phase will be a stand-alone contract and the realisation of resulting proposals will be contracted separately. The closing date for Expressions of Interest is Wednesday, 19th July at 2pm. An information meeting for artists will take place in the F2 Centre, Dublin 8 on 3rd July.

The new children’s hospital to be built on the grounds of St James’s Hospital Dublin is the most ambitious healthcare development in the island of Ireland in terms of scale, design and clinical care. Designed by BDP and O’Connell Mahon Architects, this iconic building will be a world class facility that will look after children and young people from all over Ireland who have complicated and serious illnesses and who are in need of specialist and complex care. In addition to the hospital, two Paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centres will be built at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown and Tallaght Hospital to open in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The project will bring together three existing children’s hospitals: Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and the National Children’s Hospital at Tallaght Hospital.

Deadline 19 July 2017

Fully Funded MA in Arts Management, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is offering 10 fully funded places for a September 2017 intake to the MA Arts Festival and Cultural Management Degree.

Deadline 30 July 2017 at 08:50

The 2017 Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery Acquisitive Art Prize. Art in science, science in art. The Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) Research Week Committee invites emerging and established artists to participate in the 2017 ACMD Acquisitive Art Prize.

Artists are invited to respond to the theme art in science, science in art by exploring the intersection between these two disciplines through the artistic medium.

The winning entry will be awarded the Acquisitive Award of $1,000, and will be featured in the Research Week 2017 Program and Abstract booklet, as well as be considered for inclusion in the St Vincent’s Research Report for 2017. There will also be a People’s Choice Award of $100 and a St Vincent’s Staff Award of $100.

22 July, Melbourne Australia


Conference: Creative Bridges Conference 2017. A collaborative and interdisciplinary conference drawing on the professional, practical and personal experience of researchers, practitioners, and participants to explore and expand the diversity of Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) from a range of disciplines (literature, counselling & psychotherapy, neuropsychology, medicine, emotional geography, socio-spiritual approaches), to showcase relevant research and practice, assess the current picture of the field and find inspiring and robust ways forward for CWTP research and practice.

29 & 30 July, Engineer’s House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB


RSPH Photographic art award. The RSPH "flash points" competition is seeking submissions that highlight health and wellbeing in the UK across the life course: "thought-provoking snapshots of lives from as diverse a range of demographics as this country is home to".

6 August