May 2017

Arts & Health in the Media 

Healthcare provider to prescribe reading, dancing and singing


Artists live stream painting process to raise awareness of mental health


Gardening, art, sport – 'prescriptions' for mental health that don't involve pills


Hospital artwork shows the way to go


Art of Recovery 2017: Sharing art, inspiration for Mental Health Awareness Month


My finger was my biggest tool: Artist draws on her mental health history to inspire others


Local workshop teaches use of art to open the hearts and minds of people with dementia


In Montreal, Healthcare Meets Big Public Art Collection


Manly artist paints her way out of darkness


Here’s why Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has a world-class art gallery


'Art saves lives': Studio for people with mental health issues raises more than $150K


Hollywood actor Michael Sheen supports mental health charity art event


The benefits art therapy can have on mental and physical health


Art-based therapies as personalised medicine


Putting the Arts in Health


Outsider Gallery is breaking down the stigma around mental illness with art and music


New Richland art show on mental health breaks down stereotypes


The TELUS Health Brain Project showcases A-list artist line-up in Toronto this summer


Arts “essential” for quality of life, says Lib Dem manifesto


Uplifting Design


The artist who draws cancer patients


Get healthy this summer… by getting creative


Art as therapy for stressed-out modern workers


Navy researchers study music's power to improve patient waiting room experience


Art in Healthcare commissions new prints for Queensferry Crossing


The Mural Arts Project Uses Street Art to Start Conversations about Mental Illness in NYC

Research, publications & Resources

Talking about Arts in Health. A white paper from the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine addressing the language used to describe the discipline from a higher education perspective.


How culture and the arts can promote intercultural dialogue in the context of the migratory and refugee crisis. Report with case studies, by the working group of EU Member States’ experts on intercultural dialogue in the context of the migratory and refugee crisis under the open method of coordination


Risk assessment for event organisers. This Briefing is intended for volunteer event organisers who do not have access to the full range of training and support available to their professional counterparts. Its aim is to offer a simple and basic explanation of risk assessments to help you organise a safe and well-run event.


Getting Started Marketing. If you're looking to get the word out about your group's activities or events then you need to plan your marketing effectively. Voluntary Arts has a simple guide to get started.

This Briefing gives an introduction to developing a marketing campaign including:

  • your 'product'

  • your USPs (unique selling points)

  • target audiences

  • your messaging

  • different media you can use

  • monitoring and evaluation


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 

Arts 4 Dementia Drama workshops. Working with director Ross Crosby, these eight weeks of free workshops at Arcola Theatre will use theatre, reminiscence and storytelling techniques to explore the mind and wellbeing.

6 June - 25 July, London


Creative State - A New Creative Industries Summit for Victoria. Join us in June at the NGV, ACMI and Arts Centre Melbourne and get inspired by over 50 global creative industries innovators at the inaugural Creative Industries Summit.

Creativity is the source of radical new ideas that are both the lifeblood of our society and at the centre of Victoria’s emerging innovation economy. Supporting creativity in all its forms is at the heart of Creative State, an ambitious $115 million plan for Victoria. At the core of this is our new annual summit, which will bring together creatives from across the state and beyond to share ideas, forge new collaborations and connections, and help shape the future of our creative industries. So join fellow creative disrupters across the creative industries to hear from inspirational thought leaders and to share your ideas and insights in the ongoing conversation about how we can build the Creative State.

29-30 June 2017, Melbourne. Please note this event is strictly limited to 350 places


Arts and Health for Community Transformation. presented by Arts for Health Florida & Broward County Cultural Division

June 8, Future Home of Gulfstream Early Childhood Center of Excellence, 120 SW 4 Avenue

Hallandale Beach, Florida


Creativity and Wellbeing Week 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

12 - 18 June


Music and Science. Wilton's will host a week of events exploring the relationship between music and science, centred around performances created through a collaboration between composer/director Tony Haynes and epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani.

13-17 June, Wilton's Music Hall, London


Young at (he)art: ageing well and creativity in partnership with RADA. Speakers include: Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Canterbury Christ Church University, Prof Paul Camic; Co-Director of Salmagundi Films, an organisation using animation and iPads to creatively engage those with dementia, Bo Chapman; Artistic Director of Turtle Key Arts, Charlotte Cunningham MBE; and Judith Bevan, a graduate of RADA’s Elders Company, the organisation’s resident theatre company for over 60s

Thursday 15 June


Secret Garden at The Second Half Centre. As part of the London Creativity and Wellbeing Week, join Open Age and enter The Secret Garden on Friday 16th June 12-4pm At The Second Half Centre Uncover the art of the narrative and explore the mystery of the enchanted secret garden that blooms miracles with Open Age right here in London. The Second Half Centre will be filled to the brim with art, performances and workshops to take part in. This is a FREE event, all ages welcome, so bring your loved ones! For more information call 0208 962 5500

16 June, London


Festival challenge! In partnership with 64 Million Artists, we’ve designed our first festival challenge, specifically aimed at reducing workplace stress. Last year, stress accounted for 45% of all working days lost to ill health, with stress being more prevalent in public service industries. For us to have the highest quality education, health and social care services, staff wellbeing needs to be taken seriously, so take part in the challenge and help raise awareness that creativity can be an effective tool in protecting our mental health.

14 June, 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 – 18 June, Boston, USA


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


Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference. 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

19, 20 and 21 June, Bristol, UK


National Alliance for Musicians in Healthcare conference. The first national conference for the National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare will be held at Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney Street, London SW3 on Monday 10 July 2017, 11:00-18:00, supported by Arts Council England.

The National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare (NAMIH) represents a range of practitioners committed to supporting, developing and delivering person-centred music practice within healthcare.

10 July


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. 

25 – 28 July, 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. Various Locations throughout Victoria, Australia


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

Call for Papers

Call for expressions of interest to contribute a chapter to 'Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries' to be published in 2019. Editors: Ali Coles and Helen Jury. This new book will inform practitioners about innovative practice and relevant theoretical perspectives in museum and gallery work. In the twelve chapters it will examine different client groups, the particular space of museum and gallery locations, and the singular skills Art Therapists bring to contemporary work in this field.


Call for Papers for the Thirteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society, held 27–29 June 2018 at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada. Founded in 2000, the conference offers an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of the role of the arts in society. It is a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation, developing ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world—on stage, in studios and theaters, in classrooms, in museums and galleries, on the streets, and in communities.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, creative practice showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

20 June 2017

Opportunities & Training

Barbara Ward Children's Foundation – rolling deadline. The BWCF is a small grant-making body that helps smaller, non-religious charities to serve severely disadvantaged children anywhere in the world.


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

16 June, Scotland


Interim Director (Sabbatical Cover) Voluntary Arts Scotland We're looking for someone exceptional to lead the Voluntary Arts Scotland team, based in Leith, as sabbatical cover for 9 months.

16 June, Edinburgh City


Submissions invited for two commissions. Submissions are invited for two new commissions of artwork as part of a percent-for-art scheme to enhance the care environment for all visitors and users of the new Emergency Department, and the new renal dialysis unit, both at University Hospital Limerick.

"We would like to promote a welcoming, calm, cheerful, caring, healing and embracing environment with elements that are recognisable and comforting and duly appropriate to the nature of the building and the locality."

Existing and completed artworks may also be considered if it fits with the project requirements as outlined in the brief.

21 June, Limerick, Ireland


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

23 June, interviews 10 July


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.

16 June


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

12 June


Call for Submissions Asylum Magazine Asylum: the magazine for democratic psychiatry is looking for creative submissions to publish in its quarterly publication. These can include creative writing, artwork, cartoons, photographs, ad spoofs etc.  Images can be colour and/or black and white. Ideally we are looking for creative artwork with a critical mental health theme. There is no specific deadline.  Images should be high quality resolution (for printing purposes). For more details please contact Helen Spandler: Please send submissions to:


The 2017 Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery Acquisitive Art Prize. Art in science, science in art. The Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) Research Week Committee invites emerging and established artists to participate in the 2017 ACMD Acquisitive Art Prize.

Artists are invited to respond to the theme art in science, science in art by exploring the intersection between these two disciplines through the artistic medium.

The winning entry will be awarded the Acquisitive Award of $1,000, and will be featured in the Research Week 2017 Program and Abstract booklet, as well as be considered for inclusion in the St Vincent’s Research Report for 2017. There will also be a People’s Choice Award of $100 and a St Vincent’s Staff Award of $100.

22 July, Melbourne Australia


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 & 30 July, Engineer’s House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB


RSPH Photographic art award. The RSPH "flash points" competition is seeking submissions that highlight health and wellbeing in the UK across the life course: "thought-provoking snapshots of lives from as diverse a range of demographics as this country is home to".

6 August