April 2017

Arts & Health in the Media 

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital arts-in-health program is helping families heal


Art project in Parkdale showcases link between housing, health


Get your art fix!


COPSY Art for Port Stephens Youth Mental Health


Spectacular Visualizations of Brain Scans Enhanced with 1,750 Pieces of Gold Leaf


5 Fun Ways To Impact Medicine (Without Medical School)


Art Cart is a crafty idea to improving mental health


Art fosters meaningful connections in local senior living communities


Huether sculpture planned for the entrance to OLE Health's new Napa campus


Milledgeville comes together for Art Healthy Festival


At Fountain House Gallery, Art Frames Focus on Mental Health


Rx For What Ails Us: A Doctor's Case Against Cutting Arts Funding


How a SA hospital is using music to help mums, bubs: Flinders Medical Centre’s Art in Health program celebrates its 20th anniversary


CityViews: Trump Cuts that Hit Arts Will Also Hurt Health in NYC Neighborhoods


The Health Benefits of Art


Wales begins arts and health mapping exercise


Artists help transform mental health unit


Nurse’s plastic collection transformed into mural at Toronto hospital


Bringing colour to the Critical Care Unit: vibrant new artwork from Peter Mcdonald


I thought my career as a doctor was over. It was the arts that saved me


Photographer supports healing through art

Breathe Arts Health Research

National Endowment for the Arts

Research, publications & Resources

Arts & Human Development Task Force: Fostering Arts-Health Research Partnerships In recognition of a growing movement to integrate the arts with health in community-based programs, the National Endowment for the Arts has published a free, online guide for researchers and practitioners. The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health is a blueprint for collaboration among academic researchers, arts organizations, and artists aiming to study the arts’ effects on health and to extend this research to arts programs or therapies. On April 5, 2017, the authors discussed the guide, intending to spur arts organizations working at the crossroads of arts, health, and well-being to harvest the results of their work for evidence that can be used to communicate value and impact.


  • Jeffrey Chapline, Founder of New Art Horizons

  • Julene Johnson, Professor and Associate Director at the University of California, San Francisco Institute for Health & Aging and Center for Aging in Diverse Communities

  • Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research & Analysis, NEA, will moderate the webinar

Events checklist – disability and access; a briefing from Voluntary Arts If you're planning an event, take a look at Voluntary Arts' checklist to consider accessibility requirements and be more welcoming.

Arts and Communities Programme - Report 2017. The aim of this report is to showcase the progress and achievements of the activity which has been delivered through the Arts and Communities programme and to consider the learning from the different approaches to programme delivery in each locality. The report considers the significance of the role of local authorities in the delivery of arts and cultural programmes which build common ground within communities. The report includes a series of case studies, tips and guidance to support the development of future programmes working to achieve similar aims.

Fundraising and data Protection - A survival guide for the uninitiated a new free guide to fundraising and data protection for charities, by Tim Turner

Recommendations for visual arts programmes for older people A report by Glaswegian artist Sharon Goodlet, based on findings from research trips to Australia and the USA. Sharon’s travels were enabled by a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship Award. A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Sharon has a Fine Art background with over 17 years’ experience of delivering visual art programmes for older people in hospitals, care homes and in community

Artists Residencies in Care Homes Programme Report. The final report from Magic Me’s programme of Artists Residencies in Care Homes, in partnership with care home provider Anchor and  performing arts companies including Punchdrunk Enrichment and Upswing.

The Social Wellbeing of New York City's Neighborhoods: The Contribution of Culture and the Arts This report presents the current findings of a study of culture and social wellbeing in New York City conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP) in collaboration with Reinvestment Fund. The project began in the fall of 2014 when SIAP accepted an invitation from Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City, to conduct a study of the social value of the arts. The study builds on SIAP’s over twenty years of research and writing on the non-­‐ economic impact of the arts on urban communities. During that time, SIAP has formulated a perspective on culture’s role in urban neighborhoods based on the idea of neighborhood cultural ecology or “natural” cultural districts. We’ve completed a variety of studies—typically combining quantitative data analysis and qualitative evidence from interviews and observation—in a number of cities, including Philadelphia, Seattle, and Baltimore.

An independent evaluation of Music in Mind, a Rhythmix programme supporting children and young people with mental health problems. The evalution was conducted by Dr Alison Daubney and Gregory Daubney MSc, covering the period 2013 to 2015 and services across Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

Mapping Social Prescribing in London. The London Voluntary Service Council has published ‘Mapping Social Prescribing in London’, outcomes and learning from a project to map social prescribing activities in London as part of relating to the Five Year Forward View. The Social Prescribing Network consists of health professionals, researchers, academics, social prescribing practitioners, representatives from the community and voluntary sector, commissioners and funders, patients and citizens, who all work together to share knowledge and best practice, to support social prescribing at a local and national levels and to inform good quality research and evaluation.

Art therapy and participatory art for the well-being of refugees: a systematic review by Kate Phillips


A systematic review of participatory arts for promoting wellbeing and quality of life in healthy older people by Emily Bradfield


Building Better Healthcare Awards 2017 will continue to recognise and reward innovation in the healthcare built environment and medical device and technology sectors, and will throw light on those people leading the way in enhancing services across the sector. Now in its 19th year, the competition is open for entries and the winners will be announced at the prestigious event at The Brewery in central London on 1 November.

Events & Conferences 

How to Tackle Recruitment Risk in the NFP Sector. This FREE webinar will help your organisation get the best candidates and make better hiring decisions with concrete techniques that talent and HR teams from not for profits have used to significantly reduce costs through innovation in their hiring processes.

Facilitated by Senior Account Manager at Xref Mike Brett and including discussion by key figures from three not for profits, this webinar will give you the tools you need to:

  • reduce hiring costs

  • use technology to get the best candidates

  • secure the right candidates for your organisation.

Xref recently conducted research to demonstrate how serious the issue of inefficient hiring processes is in the market. The research highlighted the alarming number of people willing to deceive potential employers. In this webinar, you’ll discover Xref’s key findings, and specifically what they mean for the not-for-profit sector and how they can help your organisation thrive.

3rd May, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm AEST

Melbourne Knowledge Week is a week-long festival that melds art, technology, business and science to explore and co-create our future city. Over 70 new wave events have been designed to inspire curious minds to cross paths and collaborate to bring future-focused ideas to life. Throw yourself into a week full of innovation and creativity where you’ll hear from international industry leaders, test cutting-edge technology, taste future food and help to solve Melbourne’s future challenges.

1-7th May various venues Melbourne, Australia

Fundamentals of Fundraising workshops. These workshops provide an overview of the foundations and principles that arts fundraising and development staff need to know. It's perfect for emerging practitioners who want the basics of arts fundraising, philanthropy and sponsorship, and established arts workers who want a refresher.

Workshops throughout May in Launceston, Western Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, Australia.

Life and Death Mandala Workshop. Royal Trinity Hospice is running a creative workshop for Dying Matters Week, exploring the themes of life and death through the ancient Tibetan practice of making a mandala. The workshop will involve creating a sand mandala followed by a supportive discussion exploring the transient nature of life as illustrated by the mandalas. Facilitated by Diana Kagiafa, an experienced Art Therapist, and Mark Craven, a Senior Counsellor at Trinity, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore the themes of life and death through art. Please note, while the workshop will be using a Tibetan ritual, it is open and inclusive of all religions and philosophies.

The event is free (donations accepted for materials) but please RSVP. If you have any questions please contact Megan Veronesi at or call on 0207 787 1012.

11th May London

Transformation: body, mind and society. Symposium to accompany the exhibition by Annie Cattrell RSA FRBS in the Ruskin Gallery, 21 April to 19 May. Convened and chaired by Dr Marius Kwint, Reader in Visual Culture, University of Portsmouth. In this interdisciplinary symposium, leading researchers trace the exciting theme of transformation through art, architecture, history, psychology and biology.

Welcome by Prof Helen Valentine, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Anglia Ruskin University, symposium speakers:

  • Steffen Lehmann (Professor of Architecture, University of Portsmouth)

  • Annie Cattrell (De Montfort University)

  • Sherria Hoskins (Professor of Psychology and Dean of Science, University of Portsmouth)

  • Rohan McWilliam (Professor of History, Anglia Ruskin University)

  • Marina Wallace (Emeritus Professor, University of the Arts London)

12th May, 10:30 - 18:45 GMT Cambridge

Arts and Wellbeing Pecha Kucha, Arts and Health Network Scotland Arts and Health Scotland. This evening will be a chance to network and celebrate the role of creativity in health and wellbeing, share projects, ideas and create new partnerships. The evening will centre of the positive impact of the arts on humanity, encouraging discussion and shared learning in the sector across Scotland.

Arts and Wellbeing Pecha Kucha - 18th May, 6pm to 8pm GMT, Belmont Filmhouse Aberdeen

Read Write Express is offering a series of monthly Writing for Wellbeing evening workshops around the theme of resilience. The workshops will provide a supportive space where, through reading, discussion, writing, sharing and listening, participants will use a variety of approaches to look at their lives, as well as considering ways of dealing with stress and managing roles, responsibilities and to-do lists with the aim of developing perspective, self awareness and coping mechanisms. The workshops may also include other non-writing activities such as light movement, breathing, visualisation, voicework, pairwork, laughter and drama games. No writing experience necessary, just a willingness to explore and experiment.
Wednesdays 7.30pm to 9.30pm GMT, Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road, London. Monthly classes, 17th May, 14th June

Reawakening Festival, Dorset’s first arts festival for dementia, Reawakening, will celebrate the county’s heritage, countryside and artistic life – from the Jurassic coast to Thomas Hardy, historic houses and estates, horticulture, ceramics, music, dance, poetry and drama, textiles, basketry and carving in wood and stone. Arts workshops for people with memory loss and their companions are led by facilitators trained to override dementia symptoms and encourage participants to revive, develop and learn artistic skills joyfully together and are fascinating, fun and effective. To register a dementia-friendly venue or event in the festival programme, contact

15th May – 3rd June, Dorset, UK

Social prescribing: From rhetoric to reality, King’s Fund. Social prescribing involves empowering individuals to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to non-medical and community support services. This event, run in partnership with the Social Prescribing Network and the College of Medicine, brings together national leaders and innovative local areas to provide a platform for enabling strategic collaboration and sharing of best practice. It is an innovative and growing movement, with the potential to reduce the financial burden on the NHS and particularly on primary care.

The day will explore the range of benefits of social prescribing, and how best to measure and evaluate the impact and outcomes. Pioneering local areas will showcase their approach, challenges and achievements, and provide practical resources for commissioners and practitioners to develop in their own locality.

18th May, The King's Fund, London, fees from £60 for voluntary or community sector to £450 for commercial sector

Community arts for health partnerships in African settings. A free Royal Society for Public Health webinar looking at two arts-for-health partnerships, focused on diabetes (South Africa) and social inclusion (Uganda).

1 -2 pm GMT, 23rd May

Singing for Better Breathing. Launch of the final report and documentary film of the Singing for Better Breathing project. If you wish to attend please RSVP to Di White, adminstrator, Sidney De Haan Research Centre, tel 01303 220870 or

1-3pm GMT, 6th June, Royal Festival Hall, Level Five function room, London

Sixth Neurosciences and Music Conference. The Mariani Foundation, in partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is continuing a series of annual ‘Neuromusic’ conferences. The central theme of this sixth conference is Music, Sound and Health. The programme will include symposia, poster sessions, a workshop and a keynote lecture.

15 – 18th June, Boston, USA

Living Well Right to the End: Annual meeting. A College of Medicine meeting to consider the complexities and multiple interpretations of maintaining quality of life towards the end of life.

26 - 29th June Rydal Hall, near Ambleside, Cumbria

Collective Encounters specialises in Theatre for Social Change and is committed to developing innovative and exemplary participatory practices. The company is committed to sharing its learning with the wider sector and providing CPD opportunities for both emerging artists and experienced professionals working across participatory, community and collaborative arts disciplines. This year's masterclasses will focus on the arts and dementia, participatory theatre, and managing arts projects with a social impact.

All masterclasses will be co-facilitated by Collective Encounters’ Artistic Director, Sarah Thornton and Head of Participation, Mandy Redvers-Rowe. Training methodology will involve tutor presentation, group discussion, practical workshop components and action learning sets. Participants will be provided with high quality materials to take away with them to support and remind them of their learning.

All masterclasses run from 10 am – 5 pm and are based at Collective Encounters’ workshop space: MPAC, 1-27 Bridport Street, Liverpool, L3 5QF.

Read more by clicking on the links below:

Saturday 20 May – Arts and Dementia

Saturday 15 July – The Collective Encounters’ Approach to Participatory Theatre

Saturday 21 October – Managing Arts Projects with Social Impact

Each full day masterclass costs £85 (£65 unwaged). Book two for £150 saving £20. Book all three for £200 saving £55

Arts & Wellness Retreat & Symposium In collaboration with the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Arts for Health Florida is offering a 3-day retreat for those in fields related to arts in health including healthcare practitioners, art therapists, educators, and artists. This is a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge in a breathtaking environment. Registration is available for all three days or for the symposium day. RETREAT & SYMPOSIUM FEES, 3-Day Retreat & Symposium - $395, (Includes meals and on-campus housing). One-Day Symposium Pass (May 10th) - $195, (Includes all meals). All Arts for Health Florida members will receive a 15% discount off registration fees

9th – 11th May, 2017 - May 11, 2017, Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Arts Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

Architecture and Mental Health Conference, London An interdisciplinary conference for architects, developers, clinicians and artists, showcasing design innovation in mental health care – produced by East London NHS Foundation Trust @ELFTArts in collaboration with Architects for Health and The Royal College of Psychiatrists Arts Special Interest Group.

19th May 2017, The Wash House, 25 Old Castle Street, Aldgate, London E1 7NT. Cost: £50-75

Creativity and Wellbeing 2017 This year will see the sixth annual festival of arts and health Creativity and Wellbeing Week. The week will take place from 12th-18th June with events in London and further afield. Plans are developing for the festival and we would like to encourage organisations to start thinking about how they will be involved. It is very straightforward to include events in the Week and we will be launching a big press and PR campaign to promote the Week and all the events within it., so start planning and you can begin uploading events at

12th - 18th June

Creative Minds North is produced by Carousel and Venture Arts in collaboration with: Mind The Gap (Bradford); DIY Theatre (Manchester); Lawnmower Theatre Company (Newcastle); Tin Arts (Durham); More Music (Morecambe); Blue Room at the Bluecoat Gallery (Liverpool); Prism Arts (Lancaster), Headway Arts (Northumberland), Dark Horse Theatre company (Huddersfield) and First Step (Liverpool). The conference is for learning disabled artists, performers and film makers, arts organisations, critics, funders, programmers, curators, students and tutors and anyone interested in learning disability arts. It will continue the discussion about how art is created by learning disabled people and the way this art is talked about, created and presented.

The main themes for our first conference of 2017 are:

  • How do we create great art?

  • What does the term professional mean?

  • How can the work be best described and discussed?

  • How can we help the wider arts world to commission work?

At the conference you can see performance, film and visual work and take part in discussions. Artists will present their work and there will be opportunities to talk or address the conference themes in a variety of accessible ways.

15th June

The Arts in Society 2017 Conference

The Twelfth International Conference on the Arts in Society features research addressing the following annual themes and 2017 Special Focus.

  • THEME 1: Arts Education.

  • THEME 2: Arts theory and history.

  • THEME 3: New media, technology and the arts.

  • THEME 4: Social, political and community agents in the arts.

  • 2017 Special Focus: Gestures That Matter

14th – 16th June, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris, France

Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference - full 2-day program for our Annual Conference is now available. 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. Speakers include - Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England; Dr Nayreen Daruwalla, Program Director for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children at SNEHA in Mumbai; Lord Howarth of Newport launching the final report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing’s Inquiry and  Dr Iona Heath, former President of the Royal College of GPs. Performances by Julian West and Neil Valentine

19th, 20th and 21st June, Bristol, UK

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. 

Tuesday 25th – 28th July 2017 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.

Tuesday 8 August–Thursday 31 August 2017. Various Locations throughout Victoria, Australia

Call for Papers

People Dancing International Conference 2017. We are delighted to announce a worldwide call for contributions to the programme of our second international conference for community and participatory dance. People Dancing is working with Glasgow’s Tramway and Scottish Ballet to present this high profile showcase at our second International Event, in Glasgow, on 3-5 October 2017. The programme will offer focused exploration of community and participatory dance and its impact. It will be created around three themed and inter-connected strands: cultural identity and sense of place; dance and older people; and dance for people living with Parkinson’s.

Deadline for submissions 5pm GMT 10th May

Opportunities & Training

Healthy Futures – Empowering young adults, BUPA Foundation. The BUPA Foundation has launched a new funding round through its Healthy Futures funding programme. The Bupa UK funds practical projects to tackle challenges in health and social care and make a direct impact on people's health and wellbeing. This funding round is focused on young adults aged 18 to 25 and the Foundation is specifically interested in projects that will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of young adults who face ongoing health challenges.

Open Age in Queen’s Park is looking for speakers: Open Age is a charity that works to Improve the physical and mental well-being of older people. We run over 300 activities a week around London to help bring people together and reduce loneliness and isolation. For our 2017 Programme, I am looking for free speakers who are able to give a 45 minute talk plus Question & Answer session at our two weekly Socials for two different groups of older people. These are on Monday mornings or Wednesdays Afternoons in Queen’s Park. Contact Geoff Brown - Head office: 020 8962 4141


Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing. This eight-week online course in writing for personal and professional development provides an introduction to journal writing, life writing, biblio-poetry therapy and reflective writing, it will provide skills, techniques and resources for both personal exploration and for use with clients and groups.  Teaching will take place in a flexible, virtual classroom with peer interaction and professional feedback and guidance. The course is suitable for those wishing to experience writing for self- development or those wishing to use it to work with others.

For further enquiries email i

Venue: Online, Cost: £399, £350 for Lapidus members. Starts: Starts 24 April 2017

Running Writing Groups. Discover how to design, launch and facilitate your own writing group. This six-week online course, led by experienced practitioners Victoria Field and Anne Taylor will furnish writers, academics and counsellors with the skills and confidence to run writing workshops. As you work through each weekly session, you will explore what makes an effective writing group environment, gain the tools and resources for designing a writing group of your own, and devise a strategy for delivering workshops.

Venue: Online, Cost: £399. Starts: 1 May, 2017

VicHealth Alcohol Culture Change Initiative. VicHealth’s final alcohol culture change funding round provides a pool of $1.06 million to fund up to six projects delivering solutions to tackle risky drinking cultures for middle and older aged Victorians. VicHealth welcomes submissions from a diverse range of organisations that may include rural organisations, the arts sector, music industry, digital (e.g. video game or app designers), media organisations, radio, industry, bloggers, community groups, sports clubs, innovation specialists and a wide range of other organisations.

Deadline Monday 1 May 2017

Training: Introductory Workshop in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes by Meril Morgan. This 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. This workshop day is open to writers who are interested in supporting others to write, and practitioners in the healthcare or caring professions who are curious about bringing writing into their practice. Participants will be invited to engage in creative writing exercises and also to respond to their experience in plenary sessions with peers and tutors. Information will also be provided to contextualise the field of Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes and how it is developing within national arts and health directives. Attending an introductory workshop day is recommended for students applying for the MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes; it is also open to writers and practitioners in the healthcare or caring professions who are curious about the field.

For further information or to book a place on this introductory workshop please complete this registration form and email to or call 020 8832 3073.

13th May, 11am – 5pm GMT, Engineer's House, Bristol. Fee £75.

The Australia Council Arts Governance Program is a national opportunity for arts organisations to enhance their governance practices through a program tailored specifically to the arts. The program aims to enhance governance skills, supporting leaders to prosper and arts organisations to thrive.

Program Outcomes

  • Enhanced understanding of arts governance by boards and senior leadership in organisations of all sizes.

  • Strengthened understanding between senior leadership, including artistic leadership, and board members.

  • Greater confidence in managing board and organisational performance.

  • Greater confidence in guiding the artistic health of an organisation.

Call for Artists for the Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show. For the 13th year running, Macmillan Cancer Support will be holding its prestigious annual art exhibition at Bonhams, Edinburgh from August 24-27. We are now inviting Scottish based artists to submit up to 3 art works, in any medium, for open selection. All work should be 2D and framed. A minimum of 50% of the sale price goes directly to support people living with cancer.

Call to Younger Artists. In our aim to keep the show current, fresh and surprising, we will be particularly pleased to welcome submissions from younger, emerging artists in the 18-25 age range who will have the opportunity to exhibit, and sell, alongside more established, mid-career artists. For further information, please contact

Deadline for applications 16th June

Location - Scotland

Artangel Everywhere. Proposals invited for Artangel Everywhere – Artangel Everywhere explores a broader understanding of place. Creative proposals are invited for projects that embrace the idea of a connected community and can be experienced by people around the world. The selected proposal will undergo an extensive R&D stage before moving into production. Artangel will build a team that could include technologists, engineers, and designers to support the idea, making connections between complementary fields of expertise as a key aspect of the production process.

Deadline 30 April 2017

Research assistant. Nordoff Robbins Scotland is seeking a research assistant to support a service evaluation project conducted in collaboration with its sister charity, Nordoff Robbins England and Wales.

Location - Nordoff Robbins Scotland, 4 Logie Mill (Ground floor – Unit 3), Beaverbank Business Park, Edinburgh EH7 4HG

Deadline 7 May 2017

Researcher/evaluator for art/wayfinding project. Willis Newson is seeking a researcher/evaluator to work with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust to evaluate a large-scale art and wayfinding project as part of Connect, the public art programme for the 3Ts hospital redevelopment. Willis Newson is managing the overall delivery of Connect, as well as the Art and Wayfinding project.

The budget for the evaluation is £15,000 + VAT

Deadline for tenders is 23 June 2017 and interviews will be held on 10 July 2017.

Arts Health Early Career Research Network (ECRN), brings together early career researchers working on projects that lie at the intersection of the arts, humanities, health and medicine.

The ECRN has three aims:

  1. To LINK together early career researchers through social events, networking opportunities and workshops

  2. To provide podcasts and newsletters to help early career researchers LEARN more about the field

  3. To run training events to enable early career researchers to LEAD their own research projects

This network is open to any early career researchers in any country, so please do circulate it to other researchers at other institutions or any mailing lists and feel free to share on social media.

For any further queries, please contact

Creative Cities Network The 2017 Call for Applications for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is open! Until 16 June, midnight CET, cities around the world can submit their application to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). Created in 2004, the UCCN fosters international cooperation with and between cities that have identified creativity as a strategic driver and enabler for sustainable urban regeneration and development. Today the Network brings together 116 cities from 54 countries, working towards common objectives: placing creativity and cultural industries at the core of local development plans, and actively cooperating through inter-city partnerships at the international level. The UCCN is a flagship programme of UNESCO for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, and the New Urban Agenda, at the local level. If your city is interested in joining this growing Network, you may access the documents on our website and find out what is required and what it means to become a UNESCO Creative City.

Deadline - 16th June

Call for submissions - Chicago International Children's Film Festival. Submit a film to the largest children's film festival in North America and the first Academy Award qualifying children's film festival in the world. The rundown. Each year, our Festival presents the best, most innovative films and educational experiences for kids, families, students, and industry professionals. In 2016, 287 films from over 40 countries screened for approximately 26,00 children, parents, and teachers at 7 venues around Chicago. What we're looking for. The Festival advocates inspired, innovative programming for young people. We are seeking humanistic, culturally diverse, and compelling films that reveal the world in new ways and leave room for the child's own imaginative response. For further information, please contact

Deadline - 31st May

Cancer Innovation Challenge. The Cancer Innovation Challenge isn't just for people and organisations with experience of working in healthcare. It is for anyone with creative/technical skills and experience of capturing/working with large complex data sets. The Cancer Innovation Challenge is a project funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to encourage Innovation Centres in Scotland to work in partnership to help Scotland become a world leading carer for people with cancer. The project brings together three Innovation Centres, and is led by The Data Lab in collaboration with the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI) and Stratified Medicine Scotland (SMS). The Innovation Centres are funded by the SFC to support transformational collaboration between universities and businesses. The Centres aim to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship across Scotland’s key economic sectors to create jobs and grow the economy. There will be a programme of activities surrounding each work stream involving industry, the public and stakeholders in the wider health sector.

There are currently 4 ways you can be part of the challenge:

  1. Apply for funding from the PROMs/PREMs funding competition.

  2. Take part in the Cancer Data Dive. This is a 4 day hack event in 15-18th June. Synthetic cancer data sets have been specifically created for this event. It is open to anyone!

  3. Respond to the Cancer Data consultation. A consultation period has been launched to invite people to help us shape the Cancer Data funding call which will launch later in the summer.

  4. Become a reviewer. We have an open call for funding application reviewers to complement an internal pool we will be building.

For further information, please contact or visit

Location: All Scotland ,England, Wales, Northern Ireland

Deadline 5th June 12:00 GMT

Call for applications documentation bursary 2017 Are you involved in an arts and health project? Would you like to showcase your work to a larger audience? invites applications for a €4000 bursary to produce a short film, audio documentary or publication about an arts and health project. Applications are invited from artists working in healthcare settings, healthcare professionals, arts and health organisations/partnerships and others working in the field of arts and health. Download the application form and FAQs here

Deadline for applications is 12th June 5pm GMT

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 & 30th July, 10 - 5.30pm GMT

Venue: Engineer s House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB

IFACCA is seeking a new Executive Director. The International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA) is the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture, with member organisations in over 70 countries. Founded in 2001 and based in Sydney, Australia, IFACCA provides services, information and resources, including networking, knowledge and analysis, advocacy and capacity building, to member organisations and the wider international culture sector. 

With the forthcoming departure of the founding Executive Director, Sarah Gardner, we are seeking an Executive Director who will be instrumental in achieving the Federation’s vision of a ‘world in which arts and culture thrive and are recognised by governments and peoples for their contribution to society’.  The Executive Director will deliver the Strategic Plan; lead and motivate a high performing team; build IFACCA’s membership, partnerships, international profile and reputation with stakeholders; and oversee the effective financial and operational management of the organisation.  

Applications for the position, including a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role, a curriculum vitae and the names of two referees, should be emailed to For a job description please visit here.  Applications close on Tuesday 30 May 2017.