January 2017

Arts & Health in the Media 


What Doctors Can Learn From Looking at Art

Happy feet: how a dance prescription saved my life

Everything We Know About Whether and How the Arts Improve Lives

Can This Doctor’s New Gallery Make Art L.A.’s Next Wellness Trend?

New Cross-Sector Research Projects Explore Arts, Health, and Business

Arts Council of Wales: Health budget should fund art therapies

Short Film 'Purpose' Wins Art With Impact's December 2016 Short Film Competition on Mental Health

Art may reveal early signs of dementia

Art for health's sake

Painting a picture of good health - how art helped one man cope with wife's cancer diagnosis

Art’s Content: Jacobs Medical Center Captures Curative Power of Creativity

Friday essay: can looking at art make for better doctors?

Drexel Selected to Be Site in NEA’s First-Ever Funding of Arts Labs

Art studio to help with mental health difficulties launched by Plymouth mum

Registrations open for DCMC Art for Health workshops

Art helps dementia patients re-engage

MetroHealth transforms the medical arts with cultural arts

Arts and health collaborate on £600k scheme for young people


ART WORKS BLOG - Music Saved My Life: How Arts Therapy Helped a Master Sergeant Recover from the Wounds of War

London Arts in Health Forum blog

Research, publications & Resources

ImagineNation is a celebration of this important work, and a call to arms for everyone in education and the arts in the UK today. Every effort must be made to halt the erosion of the arts as an essential pillar in the structure of education, and to ensure that all children are the recipients of a broad and balanced education.

The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health. Responding to a need identified by the federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, the NEA commissioned this guide from the cognitive neuroscientist Julene Johnson, PhD, UCSF, and the arts consultant Jeff Chapline, New Art Horizons. It advises arts practitioners and biomedical or behavioral health researchers how to partner effectively in documenting and studying the contributions of community-based arts programs to positive health outcomes.

Evaluation framework to guide arts for health and wellbeing Public Health England has issued a new publication to help commissioners gather robust evidence of the effectiveness of arts projects.

Singing is good news for care homes – New report by Live Music Now ‘The regular inclusion of singing and live music activities in residential care homes can support positive responses to Care Quality Commission’s assessment questions’, according to a report from Live Music Now on the Choir in Every Care Home initiative. It includes the largest ever review of the published evidence about music for older people, and its findings on quality assessments have been endorsed by the Care Quality Commission. Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC’s Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, says: ‘Creativity and innovation are key ingredients in outstanding care homes, and regular singing and live music activities can help care homes positively address all five key questions our inspectors ask of care homes.’

AHSW Annual Conference 2016 Discussion Sheets. AHSW have published a written-up version of the creative notes from table discussions at Day 2 of their 2016 Conference: Artist/Commissioner and Clinician/Patient Relationships; Stakeholder conversations (Patient, Clinician, Academics/Researchers, Artist, Commissioner); and "What Next?" for arts and health in the region.


Using subjective wellbeing: Measuring wellbeing and cost-effectiveness analysis A new discussion paper from the 'Measuring Wellbeing' series produced by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing - designed to ignite discussion about measuring wellbeing.


Mapping city approaches to wellbeing The Carnegie UK Trust is seeking information on the approach of different cities around the world to wellbeing. The Trust has published guidance for cities looking to develop approaches to improving the wellbeing of their populations and is now seeking examples of good practice. The guidance offers insights into how to establish wellbeing activities and frameworks as well as a detailed rationale for the reason for developing population-based approaches to wellbeing.


Research into literature, nature and wellbeing. Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing is a new 2-year AHRC funded research project exploring links between literature, health and environmentalism over the last century. It will look at current research into nature and wellbeing and the role of the arts and humanities in developing this relationship. The research will include a series of seminars and publications. Its aim is to inform research and policymaking at a moment when human-nature relations are of increasingly urgent local, national and global significance, both in current wellbeing initiatives, and manifold environmental crises.

Museum object handling: A health-promoting community-based activity for dementia care In a quasi-experimental design (N = 80), this study examined the wellbeing impact of handling museum artefacts, by testing for differences across domain, time, gender and stages of dementia. The results indicated that people with early and moderate impairment showed positive increases in wellbeing, regardless of the type of dementia but those with early stage dementia showed larger positive increases in wellbeing. We can feel confident that for most people with early- to middle-stage dementia, handling museum objects in a supportive group environment increases subjective wellbeing and should be considered part of a health promotion strategy in dementia care.

Funding, Resources & Fundraisers

MATCH Lab (Australia) is the new iteration of our matched funding program for independent artists and groups. It supports artists to build fundraising skills, increase knowledge of philanthropy and arts partnerships, develop broader arts business knowledge and create sustainable sources of revenue for their work into the future.

Creative Partnerships Australia - National Coaching and Mentoring

Creativity Connects* (USA) is an initiative that shows how the arts contribute to the nation’s creative ecosystem, investigates how support systems for the arts are changing, explores how the arts can connect with other sectors that want and utilize creativity, and invests in innovative projects to spark new, collaborative ideas.

A key component of Creativity Connects is a grant opportunity in the Art Works category that supports collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships between the arts and non-arts sectors, specifically: Agriculture, Business and Economic Development, Science, Technology, Healthcare, Community, Education, Environment, Military, Transportation

Art Works: Creativity Connects projects mutually benefit both the arts and non-arts sectors by:

  • Demonstrating the beneficial contributions of artists and creative work to societal health.

  • Supporting the infrastructure for the arts to work in new ways with new sectors.

  • Building bridges that create new relationships and constituencies.

  • Creating innovative partnership projects to advance common goals.

* Creativity Connects™ is used with permission from Crayola, LLC.

Events & Conferences 

Age Friendly Museums Network Scotland free Seminar, Glasgow Museums. The Age Friendly Museums Network invites professionals from the health/social care, voluntary and Museum sectors to share their skills and expertise with museum professionals and explore how cross sector partnerships can accomplish great outcomes. We are keen to have a 50:50 mix of museum and health/social care/voluntary sectors, so please book early. For further information, please contact (Jane Turner), or call (UK +44) 020 7323 8972

8 February, 10:00 – 16:00, Scotland Street School Museum, 225 Scotland Street, Glasgow, Scotland

Dundee Smart Care Convention, Dundee Voluntary Action. Technology is helping disabled and older people live independently for longer by supporting good quality social care. People with dementia who wander can be rescued with mobile phone technology. Home health monitoring for people with heart disease, diabetes or COPD can help avoid emergency admission to hospital. Smartphones are turning into personal stethoscopes and the internet is full of useful health information.

Come and see some of the innovations, talk to people from the Health & Social Care Partnership, local voluntary organisations and commercial companies and find out more about what technology can do for you, your patients or the people you care for.

Entry is free, but please book a ticket to help us plan. For further information, please contact (Murphy Kennedy), or call 01382 797742

Tuesday 14 February at 12:00 – 17:30, The Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, Scotland

Lecture - How the arts can transform care for older people. Anne Basting is a theatre artist and educator, known internationally for her groundbreaking creative practice which engages older people in care settings and their wider communities. Her work demonstrates the potential of storytelling and creative expression to improve the lives of older people living with cognitive impairment. Basting has developed an alternative concept of ageing, one that focuses on its possibilities as well as its challenges, and views sustained emotional connections as critical to our wellbeing as we age.

Her lecture will focus on the positive impact of community-building projects with older people as collaborators, including The Penelope Project, a collaboration between UWM Department of Theatre and Luther Manor Senior Living Community; The Islands of Milwaukee programme which aimed to create a sustainable network to bring meaningful engagement to older adults who are at risk of isolation; and a new creative training programme being launched in 2016 with 50 Wisconsin nursing homes.

Monday 13 March, 6pm, Halle Lecture Theatre, Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, EH21 6UU

Admission free, but booking essential.

Family Arts Conference, Family Arts Campaign. Learn and share best practice in working with families at this national event. Further programme 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

Social Value Boot Camp The Social value boot camp is a practical one-day workshop with an emphasis on knowledge exchange and creating resources that are relevant to your organisation, and can be applied the very next day. This course provides organisations with the knowledge and tools to understand and make use of Social Value Act principles, demonstrate local impact to commissioners, and produce stronger proposals for funding and other income.

Date 3 March , 09.30–16.30, NCVO Conference Suite, London. Book online now

Pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income, 30% discount for NCVO members

NCVO members, <£5m - £195, £5m or more - £345. Non-members, <£5m - £280, £5m or more - £495

WRITING SUCCESSFUL BIDS When you write a funding application, how often are you successful? Your time is precious and good funding opportunities few, so make sure every application is as strong as possible Come and learn with NCVO consultants how to make your bid stand out.

Date 27 January, 09.30 - 16.30, NCVO Conference Suite, London. Book online now 

Pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income, 30% discount for NCVO members

NCVO members, <£5m - £195, £5m or more - £345. Non-members, <£5m - £280, £5m or more - £495


Creative & Cultural Skills Conference  National Conference – Building a Creative Nation: Diversity and Fair Access. Join us on 2 March for a day of debate, discussion, workshops and networking, and to be the first to hear about the exciting developments happening in the creative industries. This year the conference is on the theme 'Building a Creative Nation: Diversity and Fair Access', which will examine the state of diversity, fair access and recruitment practices in the creative industries, assessing the effect of new vocational employment initiatives such as apprenticeships and technical courses.

For further information, please contact

2 March

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

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, Programme 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


Art Exhibition Celebrates Drawings By The Founder Of Modern Neuroscience

Drawing the Line

Transplant and Life

Opportunities & Training
The Arts Participation (for Healthcare Professionals) QQI Level 5 course sets out to give participants the chance to explore and develop art making with the aim of building the confidence and expertise to work on arts projects within healthcare settings. Participants will experiment with a wide range of materials and ways of working to produce creative work while thinking about the particular needs of care groups. You will work on all aspects of the art making process, from gathering first ideas through to how to best exhibit work. Contact: or call 086 823 9089. Cost €100, Free if you are in receipt of a Social Welfare payment / medical GP only card.
Thursday evenings (start date 2nd February), 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Duration 16 weeks, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Ireland
THE CHARLES PERKINS CENTRE – WRITER IN RESIDENCE FELLOWSHIP 2017. The fellowship will support an established Australian writer to create new work within Australia’s leading interdisciplinary centre dedicated to easing the global burden of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions through innovative research and teaching.
The fellowship will be for one year (2017-2018), and will include:
  • a grant of AUD $100,000
  • an Honorary Appointment at the University of Sydney
  • a base in the Charles Perkins Centre Research and Education Hub
  • full library access, and the opportunity to meet and work with a diverse range of researchers, educators and clinicians at the Charles Perkins Centre.
Deadline 5pm, 10 February
WHAT (Waterford Healing Arts Trust) wishes to appoint an Acting Assistant Arts Director for a period of up to 2 years to assist in all aspects of planning, delivering and promoting the programme of the Trust and managing the organisation. The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is one of Ireland’s leading arts and health organisations.  Our programme comprises contemporary art exhibitions, live music performances in wards, artist-in-residence programmes, art and music making workshops for health service users via a mobile Art Kart, Artist on Call service, Iontas Arts and Mental Health Settings and a range of other programmes.  We have built up a large collection of contemporary art which is on view throughout University Hospital Waterford and we commission artworks for specific sites within the hospital.  We also connect with the wider community through our weekly Open Studio and the annual Well festival of arts and wellbeing.  See for more information.
Deadline 17 February, 2pm.
Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust annual poetry competition Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries for its exciting annual poetry competition. Poems entered in the competition should be no more than 30 lines long. They must be the original work of the entrant. Poems previously published in magazines or poetry collections are eligible. Multiple entries are accepted; poets can enter as many poems as they wish.
Deadline 3 March
“TimeSlips” 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
Call for Artists able to work within Tayside, Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT). Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) is a charity that works within an arts and healthcare context across the Tayside Region. THAT has a successful history of providing participatory creative engagement opportunities for people living with a variety of Long Term Health Conditions. Our client groups are people living with the consequences of; Stroke, Acquired Brian Injury, MS, Chronic Pain, COPD, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease and others.
THAT engages professional Artists across a range of media, Visual Arts, Music, Creative Writing and others, to design and deliver Participatory Creative Engagement Programmes within inpatient and community settings. Artists are engaged on freelance contracts and are supported by THAT’s management and admin team. THAT is looking to expand our pool of freelance artists and would like to hear from Artists/educators who can demonstrate a professional understanding and experience of working within a community to deliver workshops/sessional programmes. We already have programmes opportunities for 2017 for Visual Arts and Music but would also like to hear from artists from other disciplines interested in working in a health & wellbeing context.
If you are interested in being considered please send your C.V, and any relevant archive material relating to your experience to: Karine Neill, Development Officer, Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust, Ardler Clinic, Turnberry Avenue, Dundee, DD2 3TP,, or call 01382 835509,
Location: Angus, Dundee City, Perth and Kinross
Deadline 28 February, 00:00