July 2016

Arts & Health in the Media

Music therapy from woe to go to AO, University of Melbourne

Depth Psychology of Art, Psychology Today

Why is teaching kids to draw not a more important part of the curriculum?, The Conversation

In a world of fear and loathing, we need art more than ever, The Guardian

Benefit of art therapy in reducing psychological problems in Syrian refugee children, Science Daily

How Art Changes Your Consciousness, The Way of Meditation

Calgary Heroes: Calgary man enlists musicians to help reduce the mental health stigma, Calgary Metro

Veteran with Post-Traumatic Stress Finds Coping Skills Through ‘Dot’ Art, U.S Department of Defence

How Incarcerated Youth Are Making Their Voices Heard Through Art, The Huffington Post

How the buzz of dancing and sports bonds us together, Aeon Ideas


Research & publications

Examination of the Use of the Arts to Improve Health and Healing in Western Australian Hospitals. Prepared by Kim Gibson and Liesbeth Goedhart for the WA Arts and Health Consortum


At Any Skill Level, Making Art Reduces Stress Hormones, Drexel University. Full text can be found via Taylor & Francis


Department of Justice Publishes Literature Review of Arts-Based Juvenile Justice Programs, The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention


Helping survivors overcome disaster trauma, University of Melbourne


THE PAtH FORWARD, Partnering Arts to Health, NSW Health and the Arts Framework, and Health and the Arts Taskforce Report on the System Diagnostic, NSW Ministerial Taskforce on Health and the Arts


The AHRC Cultural Value Project - Understanding the value of arts & culture, Arts and Humanities Research Council

Arts, health & wellbeing: reflections on a national seminar series and building a UK research network,  Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice


DCMS Culture White Paper, UK Department for Culture Media & Sport


Funding Info and resources
Using IT in fundraising, Creative Partnerships Australia

7 Great Online Tools for Non-Profit Fundraisers, The Fundraising Authority

The Funding Network


Events & Conferences
International Health Humanities Conference, Sept 15, 2016, Seville, Spain

The International Health Humanities Network conference theme is "art and humanities for social inclusion, education and health: creative practice and mutuality". The event will be hosted by the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Seville, and feature Steven C Schlozman (Harvard Medical School), Aaron Williamon (Royal College of Music), Susan Hogan (Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham) and Pilar Mª Domínguez Toscano (Professor and President of the Andalusian Association of Art Therapy). Registration and paper submissions are now open

TAnDem Arts and Dementia: Research into Practice, 21st September 2016, National College Learning and Conference Centre, Nottingham, UK

A partnership between the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and the Centre for Dementia, University of Nottingham, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society. This conference will explore the theme of researching the arts and dementia via keynote speakers, workshops and panel debates


THE CREATIVE AGE | Global Perspectives on Creativity & Aging NCCA Conference and Leadership Exchange, Sept 25, 2016, Washington D.C., USA.

2-Day Leadership Exchange and Conference, attendees can also register for a constellation of cultural, learning, and professional development events sited throughout the cultural treasures of Washington DC. Attendees will experience an unparalleled gathering of global leaders in creative aging in settings uniquely tailored to provide global perspectives that inform national and local expression of creative aging.


The Examined Life Conference, Oct 6, 2016 University of Iowa, USA

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host their tenth annual three-day conference focusing on the links between the science of medicine and the arts. Seeking to explore the intersections between the arts and medicine. How can they be of use to each other? How can they interact to make each more than they were without the other? Discussions and presentations on how the arts can be used in medical education and patient and provider care. Experience works by others like you: people who are trying to get along in the world of health care.

Royal Society for Public Health: 2016 Health & Wellbeing Awards Ceremony Thursday 27 October 2016 - London

Now in their ninth year, the RSPH’s Health & Wellbeing Awards are the UK's premier scheme for promoting health and wellbeing. There are six categories of awards, including one for Arts & Health.


The 8th Annual International Arts and Health Conference. The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, 16-18 November 2016 - Sydney

The overarching theme of the conference is "Mental Health and Resilience through the Arts". Three key areas of practice and research will be explored: Mental Health and Resilience, Health and the Arts in Hospitals, Healthcare Services and Health Promotion, Creative Ageing


Arts, Health and Wellbeing Day Conference, 1 December, 2016, London, UK

The Royal Society for Public Health Special Interest Group is mounting a conference exploring the contrasts and commonalities between theoretical perspectives, research methods and professional practice in creative arts therapies, medical/health humanities and arts, health and wellbeing. Speakers include Paul Crawford, University of Nottingham, Health Humanities Research Priority Area and International Health Humanities Network; Alex Coulter Arts & Health South West; Norma Daykin University of Winchester, Centre for Arts as Wellbeing; Brian Hurwitz King’s College London, Centre for the Humanities and Health; Val Huet British Association of Art Therapy; Angela Fenwick, Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies.


The World Congress on Public Health, 3 - 7 April 2017 - Melbourne

The World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) is held every 2-4 years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and it attracts between 2,000-4,000 delegates. The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues, contributing towards protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level. Registration opens June 2016


Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference, 19th, 20th and 21st June 2017 - Bristol

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

Call for papers
APPG Inquiry - call for examples

As part of an Inquiry into the role of the arts in health and social care, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing is seeking examples of the arts and culture influencing health and wellbeing outcomes. The APPG is interested in examples of practice from the past decade, where there is reasonably reliable evidence of outcomes or evidence that a pilot or new approach has promise. Submissions are invited of up to 1,000 words, arranged according to headings outlined in the guidance. For the guidance, definitions and further information about the Inquiry, please visit,-Health-and-Wellbeing-Inquiry.aspx. The deadline for submissions is Friday 19 August 2016.


Publishing Invitation: Journal of Health and Human Experience

The Fall 2016 edition of the Journal of Health and Human Experience by the Sempervi Foundation will honour the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The edition will explore the critical importance of the humanities and arts for human health and the experience of healthcare. Interested authors can contact the Journal to submit 2 page proposals or full manuscripts. Either can be accepted at any time and will be put through the four stages of a special mentoring peer-review process. Full manuscripts, however, must be submitted to in the required format no later than September 1, 2016.


The World Congress on Public Health, 3 - 7 April 2017

The World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) is held every 2-4 years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and it attracts between 2,000-4,000 delegates. The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues, contributing towards protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level. Call for Abstracts closes 26 August 2016.


Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference

Call for abstracts which provoke new ways of researching, conceptualising and creating and will encourage delegates to question assumptions and learn about different approaches to current issues and areas of practice. Other themes invited include abstracts that:

  • Inform the development or effectiveness of arts and health practice

  • Advance understanding of participants' experiences of participatory arts for health/wellbeing (including artists' experiences)

  • Advance knowledge and understanding of the role and impact of arts and culture on health and wellbeing

  • Inform the development of health, arts and cultural policy in relation to health and wellbeing

  • Advance the development of methodologies for arts and health research

Call for Abstracts closes November 20th 2016


European Healthcare Design Awards Winners Announced 2016


RIBA Awards Announced include The New QEII, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Banbridge Health and Day Centre


John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

These awards recognize outstanding established and mid-career arts managers in Canadian professional arts organizations. Arts managers from any artistic discipline supported by the Canada Council may apply for the awards, which are intended for professional development, mentoring and related purposes.

Deadline 30 September, 2016