February 2017

Arts & Health in the Media 

British artist transforms children's hospital

Arts and culture build stronger communities

Dementia and Alzheimer's patients see symptoms ease as dance brings clarity and rejuvenation

Creating is not just a 'nice' activity; it transforms, connects and empowers

Raise Your (He)art Rate With A Workout At The Met

Victorian arts companies join forces to improve mental health of creative workers

'Creativity improves wellbeing': art transforms mental health ward

Mental health patients combat illness and stigma with art'

The healing arts: Hospital sculpture aids good health

Museum promotes Art for Health and Healing

Open Mind: Open depicts student artwork on mental health


Mental health patients in Leytonstone create work of art to celebrate Dignity Action Day


Paste Interviews the Artists behind the Disney Princesses Promoting Women's Health


New arts program supports dementia patients and spouses


KINDLE: Artists and health care


Dance sector adopts data-driven approach to dancers’ health


Air Arts leads the way in enhancing the hospital environment



Arts for Health Florida

Art in Healthcare Scotland

Performing Arts Healthcare Blog

Research, publications & Resources

Wellbeing Index shows direct impact of creativity in later life A new ‘index’ developed by Age UK and the University of Southampton has found that taking part in social activities has the most direct influence on improving a person’s wellbeing in later life.


Is this the best it can be? is a new toolkit that can be used by anyone delivering arts and creative learning through collaborative or participatory projects and programs. Developed by ArtWorks Scotland, the ideas and approaches featured within the toolkit have been developed through collaborative engagement with artists, professionals from other sectors and participants working in this area. The toolkit is made up of a guidance document and a set of downloadable tools. It will ideally be used from the start of a project, but the questions can provoke reflection at any point in a project or program.


Arts and Health South West (AHSW) are now releasing AHSW Podcasts, which you will be able to listen to and download to your computer, phone or tablet via iTunes.


Understanding Copyright and Related Rights, World Intellectual Property Organisation. This booklet provides an introduction for newcomers to the subject of copyright and related rights. It explains the fundamentals underpinning copyright law and practice, and describes the different types of rights which copyright and related rights law protects, as well as the limitations on those rights. It also briefly covers transfer of copyright and provisions for enforcement.

Funding, Resources & Fundraisers

BBC Children in Need, Main Grants program accepts applications of up to £10,000 per project from non-profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect

  • Any kind of disability

  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties

  • And/or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Deadline 1 June 2017

Creative Partnerships Australia - Sponsorship Masterclass. This powerhouse one-day masterclass is sure to get your synapses firing. International fundraising and sponsorship expert Nicole Newman will share 20+ years of experience to inspire you with new approaches and practical ways to transform your sponsorship strategies. With the early bird discount, tickets are just $70 including lunch and refreshments. Total bargain! This event will sell out, so avoid disappointment and book your ticket now.

Events & Conferences 

"The Movement of Arts in Health" Webinar Series Join Jill Sonke, Director of the Centre for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida for the first session of a 3-part webinar series beginning on March 1st to share her expert insight on the movement of arts in health.

Wednesday, March 1, Wednesday, March 15, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 11 a.m. EST


Family Arts Conference, Family Arts Campaign. Learn and share best practice in working with families at this national event. Further program details to be released soon but highlights will include:

  • UK & international perspectives on welcoming older people as part of the family experience

  • New insights on arts-based approaches to inclusion and diversity

  • Findings from new research on family audiences and participation from Arts Council England and others

  • Exciting new developments announced on the Family Arts Campaign’s plans to support the sector

For further information, please contact, or call 020 3198 6106

15 March, St George’s Bristol and Watershed, Bristol


Arts in Health California Conference at UCSF Mission Bay. Arts in Health California’s Second Annual Conference at UCSF Medical Centre at Mission Bay featuring a variety of presenters, including writers, artists, musicians, dancers and singers, physicians, medical students and patients. An opportunity to learn about the UCSF at Mission Bay Hospital both as a healing environment and an art destination, the award-winning UCSF Art for Recovery Program

Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PST, Oberndorf Auditorium, UCSF Mission Bay, 1855 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158. $25 – $50


No Boundaries, the national symposium for the arts, presents questions & challenging new ideas on the role of Arts and culture in society.

Tue 28 Mar & Wed 29 Mar 2017, HOME Manchester & Hull Truck Theatre


Creative therapies for perinatal health symposium. In this one-day symposium, learn how the creative arts can be integrated with mindfulness-based mental health interventions for individuals with post-natal depression, includes talks, experiential exercises and networking in the intimate surrounds of a North London art cafe. Speakers include Dr Tamara Russell, clinical psychologist and creator of the Body in Mind training program; Liz Finegold, artist and psychological therapist; Dr Chrissy Jayarajah, psychiatrist and quilting enthusiast; and Rosie Lowman, director of the perinatal mental health charity Cocoon Family Support.

24 March 2017, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM GMT, Shamineh Art Gallery & Café, Carnegie House, New End, London

£68.32 – £104.79


Arts and Health – Check Up, Check In Following on from the first Arts and Health- Check Up, Check In event which took place in Dublin in January 2016, have joined forces with Create and the Arts Initiative in Mental Health, Sligo to bring you the second such event in May 2017. Arts and Health- Check Up, Check In is a networking event for arts and health care practitioners and artists who work in healthcare settings

5 May, The Model in Sligo, Ireland


ARCHITECTURE AND MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE: Creative Environments that promote care. East London NHS Foundation Trust @ELFTArts presents an exciting interdisciplinary conference for Architects, Developers, Clinicians and Artists, showcasing design innovation in mental health care, in collaboration with Architects for Health and The Royal College of Psychiatrists Arts Special Interest Group.

Fri 19 May 2017, 09:30 – 16:30 BST, The Wash House, 25 Old Castle Street, Aldgate, London

£50 – £75


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

14 to 16 June, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris, France


Creativity and Wellbeing 2017 Next 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

Creativity and Wellbeing Week 12th-18th June


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

Call for Papers

Call for case studies from Dementia-Friendly Heritage Group – deadline 30 April 2017. The Group is calling for case studies to be included in the ‘dementia-friendly heritage guide’, to be published in autumn 2017. All case studies that illustrate dementia-friendly heritage initiatives are welcome. The Dementia-Friendly Heritage Group is a peer network working collaboratively to create a resource that will inspire and support heritage sector staff and volunteers to make their sites more dementia-friendly.


The Arts in Society Conference - Regular Proposal Deadline: 14 March 2017. The Twelfth International Conference on the Arts in Society will be held 14–16 June 2017 at The American University of Paris, in Paris, France. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing the conference themes.

Opportunities & Training

Historic Royal Palaces are looking for a research partner to work with on the Sensory Palaces project helping us to understand the wellbeing impact of a heritage based, multisensory, learning and engagement program for people living with early stage dementia and their carers. We are planning to collect the data in 2017 and publish the final research in early 2018.

Sensory Palaces is a health and wellbeing program, managed by the Learning & Engagement team, for people living with early stage dementia and their carers.

The program engages audiences through a unique combination of senses, spaces and stories. Each session, over the course of two hours, provides a chance to explore stories from the palace, participate in fun, sensory activities, and build social connections. Sensory and participatory activities include music, drama, dance, and arts and crafts; for example, a sensory tour of the William III’s private apartments followed by music making inspired by the baroque period.

Sessions are free for participants. They are delivered by expert freelancers, skilled in supporting people living with dementia and their carers.


Call for applications: Global Cultural Fellows, The Institute for International Cultural Relations, University of Edinburgh. The Institute for International Cultural Relations at the University of Edinburgh invites applications for its Global Cultural Fellows program for 2017-18.  The Global Cultural Fellows will explore cultural interests and values during academic year 2017-18 including a week of intensive activities during the world-famous Edinburgh festivals from 12-18 August 2017.

Each year the Global Cultural Fellows will explore a different theme.  For 2017-18, the theme would be “Exploring Cultural Interests and Values”.  Cultural interests and values are collectively held beliefs, ideas, and learning experiences. The 70th anniversary of the birth of the festival city of Edinburgh offers an important opportunity to explore the cultural values that created one of the biggest annual cultural interactions in human history.  The global values that informed the creation of the festival resulted from the vision of a few individuals and were fostered through a network of global and national institutions. Broadly, they reflected the Enlightenment Project with an optimistic view of learning from human interactions.

In exploring cultural interests and values at the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh’s Festivals, the Institute for International Cultural Relations (IICR) will appoint 30 Global Cultural Fellows from around the world to take part in a series of curated conversations.  2016 was a tumultuous political and cultural year. It provides the motivation for IICR to examine the cultural origins of our interests and values.

The Cultural Conversations -- rooted in participatory research techniques -- will explore the creation, contestation, and choices for cultural interests and values, including universal values.  The conversations will take place during 7 days of the festival, with a day devoted at the end of the week to bring together the themes. After the conversations, the Global Cultural Fellows will stay involved in IICRs activities for the 2017-18 academic year from their home organisation.

Deadline: 15 March 2017


Call for applications: Global Cultural Leadership Program. Through its framework, content and methodology, the Global Cultural Leadership Program (GCLP) specifically aims to improve the skills of cultural managers, as well as develop collaborative peer-to-peer learning and network building. The program offers a set of learning modules, tools and manuals for practice-based learning, giving you opportunities to build meaningful collaborations at the global level, and enabling you to develop fresh insights into international cultural collaboration practices.

For the second edition of the GCLP, the Cultural Diplomacy Platform is looking specifically for applications from outstanding cultural managers from the ten Strategic Partners of the EU (three participants from each of these ten countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the USA), as well as from the 28 European Union Member States (ten participants, each from a different EU countries).

The participants to the GCLP 2017 will come from different fields of relevant cultural practice in their respective countries and represent sectors that are specifically interested in reaching out with their work globally.

This second edition of the GCLP will take place in Athens, Greece on 19-23 June 2017.


Call out for organisations to take part in Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2017, 12-18 June 2017. This year’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week will be taking place from 12-18 June and we’re looking for organisations, artists, clinicians, commissioners and thinkers to get involved. Our sixth festival will be structured around the life course, exploring the different ways in which we can benefit from engaging with the arts throughout our lives. Each day will be dedicated to a section of the life course, so we are encouraging organisations to submit events, performances, workshops, talks, launches and exhibitions to synchronise with this. The deadline for event information to appear in our printed brochure is 24 March, midday. The brochure will be distributed to venues across London so we highly recommend submitting information to us by this date for maximum reach. If submitted afterwards, we can include listings on the festival’s website. Please use the festival theme as a guideline – we also welcome events that do not necessarily fit within the theme for each day. Last year Creativity and Wellbeing Week reached 25,000 people and 2017’s festival is set to be even bigger. Get involved, network, demonstrate best practice and show everyone what you have to offer.

Submit your event:, if you have any questions, please email


Free online short course: The Art of Wellness: Visual arts and health. A free course from the University of Tasmania arts and health program. Students will learn how visual art practices are used in expressive therapies, community healthcare initiatives, and to enhance community health. Central to the learning are many hands-on visual arts activities aimed at introducing the key principles of visual arts based practices in healthcare. The short course takes students around 6 hours to complete.


“Time Slips” creative storytelling training for artists and care professionals working with older people living with dementia. A creative storytelling training day led by internationally renowned artist and educator Anne Basting, Professor of Theatre at the University of Wisconsin / Milwaukee and a 2016 MacArthur Fellow.

Tuesday 14 March, 11am to 3.30pm, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, Scotland


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 Wednesday 31 May 201