August 2017

Arts & Health in the Media

The Big Anxiety Festival tests theory of arts as a mental health fix

The art of healing: People affected by suicide find comfort in art sessions at local nonprofit

Is there a place for the arts in health?

Richard Benge: The arts isn't a 'nice to have', it's a road to good health

Why you won't want to miss art and mental health exhibition ‘All In: The Mind’

Creative approach to mental health underfunded despite evidence it works

Infusing healing art into the fight against cancer

Pa. woman helps homeless opioid addicts through art

Acting Out! Fest Returns to Blend Arts and Comedy with Mental Health Awareness

People can live with mental illness. I am living proof of this

Women’s Health Isn’t Taken As Seriously As Men’s, So One Artist Is Speaking Out

New CFCArts program brings creative arts to senior citizens

All hands-on deck as residents help on health hub art project

Art HOPE promotes creative wellness

Headspace Bunbury use exhibition as a chance to talk about mental health

Arts organisations encouraged to engage older audiences

New national body for culture, health and wellbeing

Arts could make 'powerful contribution' to NHS savings

Feeling Anxious or Depressed? Go to an Art Exhibition

Free art making workshops in Forbes for mental health carers

A growing art form: Dementia-friendly stage shows beginning to grow in importance, says key figure


Impact Arts, Scotland

The Audience Agency

Research, Publications & Resources

An Evidence Review of the Impact of Participatory Arts on Older People The UK has an ageing population. Many older people in the UK experience multiple disadvantages relating to health, deprivation, isolation and ageism. Such disadvantages are not only debilitating in themselves, but can also act as barriers to participating in those social and creative activities that protect good health and wellbeing.

Age Friendly Standards - New guidance for arts organisations on engaging older audiences Building on the success of its good practice charter for welcoming families, the Age-Friendly Standards offer advice for arts organisations and a way to signify commitment to welcoming older people.

Research Informed Approaches to Visual Arts Programmes. This handbook is not a tool-kit of prescription exercises to deliver visual arts projects, and it’s not an evaluation guide. What it is, is a result of a research project and is intended to be used by artists and other people who plan to deliver arts-based activities with people who are living with dementia. It is a set of useful ideas and recommendations that come from a robust research project setting out some foundations for developing visual arts projects with and for, people affected by dementia. It is designed to be as accessible as possible. In it you will find information about the Dementia & Imagination project; some key ingredients for delivering research-informed visual arts projects; case studies, a set of guiding principles, reflections of people involved in the programme, and some recommendations. If you want to read about the research in detail, or find other sources of support, this handbook will direct you there.

Events & Conferences


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

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

People Dancing International Conference: Glasgow 2017 People Dancing's second international conference will bring together dance artists, teachers, organisations and managers from all over the world to explore current issues and practices in community and participatory dance. Join us in Glasgow for an inspiring mix of presentations and keynote speeches, conversations, workshops, seminars and performances, produced in partnership with Scottish Ballet and Tramway. Conference themes include: cultural identity and sense of place - older people dancing - dance for people living with Parkinson's. Full conference Early Bird tickets - available until 5 September 2017 - are priced from £125 and day rates from £50

3-5 October, Glasgow

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.

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, Royal College of Physicians, London, UK

Seminar: What does art do at hospitals? Art is being created for Danish hospitals like never before. The state and regional authorities in Denmark are currently building and renovating hospitals to a total value of approximately DKK 42 billion/EUR 5.6 billion. This means that six new so-called ‘super hospitals’ and a wealth of freshly renovated wards and departments in existing hospitals are in need of being turned into welcoming, safe and home-like spaces, and art is expected to contribute greatly to this process. But what difference can art truly make in hospitals? Should it distract and divert? Can it actually promote healing? Is it allowed to challenge and provoke? How closely may it engage with patients; how subtle should it be? And what margin of freedom is available to art as it strives to accommodate all these expectations and operate within a hospital setting?

Nov 10 2017 10:00 - 18:00, Kosmopol - møder og konferencer, Fiolstræde 44, 1171 Copenhagen

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.

4th to 10th June 2018

The Arts in Society 2018 The Thirteenth International Conference on The Arts in Society will be held at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada 27–29 June 2018. We encourage you to register for the conference by the Advance Registration

Deadline: 27 September 2017, conference 27–29 June 2018


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

Opportunities, Funding & Training

Launceston (Tasmania) General Hospital Ward 4D Art Commission, open to contemporary professional Tasmanian artists. Arts Tasmania are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from artists for 2D artworks to be displayed on two walls near the nurse’s station on Ward 4D at the Launceston General Hospital. The EOIs must outline what the artist can deliver for the specified spaces/locations and budget. Artists may present existing artworks or propose to create new artworks for the space. The aim of the artwork is to provide a welcome visual distraction. It is hoped that the selected artworks will enhance the area for patients, staff and visitors to the ward. Artwork budget: $12 200 AUD + GST

Deadline for online applications 3 September

Lapidus Scotland is seeking a Creative Project Manager This is a self-employed position with a fee of £3000 for approximately 30 days across the year mid-September 2017 to the end of October 2018 (end date approx). It is essential that applicants have experience of Project Management in the arts, health and/or community sector within Scotland, with an understanding of the ethos of Lapidus Scotland and creative writing for health and well-being The position will include up to 2 hours per week administrative support. Please send a 2 page CV and explanation within the email message body explaining why you wish to apply for this position to

Deadline 4 September, interviews 15 September

Assistant Tutor - Creative Pathways, Impact Arts (Projects) Ltd. Impact Arts are looking for an Assistant Tutor for the Creative Pathways project in Livingston.

Deadline 4 September

CW+ Performing Arts Assistant (part-time) We are looking for a highly creative and organised person to coordinate our performing arts programme to ensure the best possible patient experience and environment is provided within our hospitals. To apply please submit an up-to-date CV and detailed covering letter no more than one side of A4, demonstrating how you meet the skills, knowledge and experience criteria. Please also ensure that your CV is reflective for the skills, knowledge and experience required.

Please email your application to: with ‘Performing Arts Assistant’ in the header.

Deadline 6 September, interviews 11 September

Dance Artists wanted for Dance to Health Programme, National Dance Company Wales Dance to Health is a pioneering nationwide falls prevention dance programme for older people. Combining evidence and physiotherapy with the creativity, expression and energy of dance it reduces the risk of an older person suffering a fall.

NDCWales is recruiting 3 types of dance artists:

-       One Lead Dance Artist will be responsible for the artistic co-ordination of programmes. They will receive full training and will be responsible for quality assurance of each programme - £250 per day, approx. 35 days over 1 year.

-       2 – 3  Dance Artists. The Dance Artist will receive full-training and be responsible for leading the sessions - £150 per day, approx. 37 - 55 days over 1 year.

-       2 – 3 Assistant Dance Artists. The Assistant Dance Artist will assist the Dance Artist and ensure that monitoring data is taken at each session. The Assistant Dance Artist will receive training from the rest of the dance team - £100 per day, approx. 30 - 45 days over 1 year.

Deadline 7 September, interviews w/c 11 September

Glenorchy Health Centre (Tasmania) Art Commission Opportunity. Applications are sought from contemporary artists to create a suite of artwork/design elements that are conceptually related to be located in any or all of three interior spaces of the new Glenorchy Health Centre in the atrium area including the voids, on a glass wall and in the adjoining terrace area.

Located in these areas the artwork will become the focal point for those using the Centre, bringing vitality and interest into the heart of the building. The artwork could include new media, be suspended, kinetic or change in some way throughout the day. It could be interpretive, a concept to engage, and be socially supportive for the clients, family, care givers and staff.

Deadline for online applications 10 September

Therapeutic and Reflective Writing online course 8-week online course focusing on writing for personal and professional development, with an introduction to journal writing, life writing, poetry therapy, reflective writing, techniques and resources for personal exploration and for use with clients and groups.

Begins 11 September (8 weeks)

Running Writing Groups 6-week practical online course for writers, academics and counsellors who want to gain a range of workshop management skills for use in their own creative, academic, professional, or recreational practice. 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 running workshops.

Begins 18 September (6 weeks) online course

MATCH Lab is open! We're now accepting applications for MATCH Lab, our matched funding and professional development program for independent artists and artistic groups. Are you looking to boost your fundraising skills, raise money for your next project and build a sustainable arts practice? MATCH Lab could be for you. Head to our website for guidelines, eligibility, past success stories and everything else you need to know.

Deadline 2 October

Facilitating Healing through Literary Arts  Change – Loss – Grief — Healing with Literary Arts alongside Visual Art, Music and Movement A residential course for experienced facilitators 2 -5th November 2017

Deadline 27 October, Lapidus, East Lothian, Scotland