November 2016

Arts & Health in the Media 


Cathy Malchiodi and art therapy: what rubber ducks can teach us about well-being

Arts Council of Wales: Health budget should fund art therapies


Hip, hip hooray for the gentle ballet


Picture the health-related powers of art


Exhibition Launch: Transplant and Life


How art and poetry are helping North East men with mental health problems who have been involved with the criminal justice system


Reproductive Health Arizona uses art to spark conversation about women’s health issues


Indigenous children, stoic about their pain, are drawn out with art


Child Rights Arts Festival highlights kids’ nutrition, health issues


Why dreams are important to healing and health


The Art of Healing: Overlook Hosts Third Annual 'Artist in Residence' Program


Topeka woman finds art to be therapeutic for mental illness


Exhibition explores role of art therapy in mental health recovery


Mathers, School of Public Health partner for AIDS arts education panel


Assisted Suicide: a musical that asks us to think critically about the portrayal of euthanasia


Tim Robbins’s Prison Improv Classes Make Inmates Less Likely to Re-Offend


Group singing can help to reduce anxiety and depression, study finds


Edinburgh theatre to host UK’s first dementia-friendly opera performance


Working for the NHS was miserable so I started dance classes on my ward


Research, publications & Resources

Older people’s dance survey Community dance organisation People Dancing has published a survey providing a snapshot of current practice in older people’s dance. The survey aimed to “seek expert views from those working on the ground about conditions for success”. The publication - co-commissioned with arts charity Aesop - is intended as a guide to support community dance artists in the delivery of their work with older people and aims to complement existing knowledge and act as a reference resource.

BREXIT REPORT: The impact of leaving the EU on the UK's creative industries The Creative Industries Federation publishes its Brexit Report, a first-look analysis of red-line issues for government as it negotiates leaving the EU. The report includes recommendations, agreed jointly by the Federation and industry members of the Creative Industries Council, aimed at tackling short-term challenges and securing longer-term success for the fast-growing creative industries sector as the UK negotiates leaving the EU.

Developmental Transformations Art Therapy: An Embodied, Interactional Approach by Marni Rosen, Renée Pitre & David Read Johnson. A new method of art therapy is described, based on Developmental Transformations, in which the therapist participates in joint art making with a client. The therapist's task is to present a graduated set of interpersonal demands on the client through the artwork, helping the client find adaptive responses to accommodations required by others, as well as reducing the client's fears of intimacy and encounter. The authors describe the principles, procedures, and specific techniques of the approach, and then present a case example illustrating the process. The advantages and limitations of this dialogic and interactive art therapy methodology are discussed.

Funding resources and fundraisers

Developing a case for support Everything you need to know to create a killer pitch and wow potential investors brought to you by Creative Partnerships Australia

Sponsorship 101 Get it right from the start! What you need to know BEFORE you approach potential sponsors brought to you by Creative Partnerships Australia

Events & Conferences 

National Museum Cardiff will be holding a FREE workshop for people living with dementia and their carers, friends or family It will be a friendly, festive-themed workshop, and will include an object-handling session, a chance to sample festive treats and a walk and talk around the art galleries. It is free to attend and includes refreshments. Spaces are limited so booking is essential - please phone 02920 573240. Email

Tuesday 6th December, 11am-1pm, National Museum Cardiff


Performing Wellness The stresses and strains of elite musical performance can have debilitating effects on the musician. This one-day symposium offers the opportunity for musicians to share their research promoting performer wellbeing in order to maximise performance potential and enjoyment. Papers from this event will form the basis of an edited volume. This event is co-presented with the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.

Sat 10 December, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm AEDT, Wyselaskie Auditorium, 29 College Crescent, Melbourne $27.12 – $48.02


Creative Conversation: Social Design Social Design: a presentation and discussion with UnLtd award winner Chloe Meineck designer of the Music Memory Box and Artist Barney Heywood from Stand+Stare, with their Tangible Memories app. Martha King, Arts program producer from Knowle West Media Centre will also speak about 'The Bristol Approach', a new framework for running inclusive, community-driven digital projects that involve sensor technologies.

Wednesday 30th November, 1.30 - 3.30pm, Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX. £10


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 2017, 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 2017, 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 2017 National Conference – Building a Creative Nation: Diversity and Fair Access. Join us on 2 March 2017 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 2017


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 2017

Deadline for inclusion in the brochure and publicity 24th March 2017


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 2017, Bristol, UK

Call for papers

European Healthcare Design 2017. The Call for Papers is now open for the third European Healthcare Design 2017 (EHD 2017) Congress & Exhibition, around the theme of 'Visioning the future: Designing for change in people-centred health systems'. The organisers, Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, are excited to confirm that EHD2017 will take place from Sunday 11 June to Wednesday 14 June 2017, at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), London. Please view the accompanying Congress Themes Description document and the Abstract Proposal Guidelines. Submission of abstracts is via an online form on the EHD2017 website.

Deadline 8th December 2016

Contributors for the European Strategist Our team now accepts applications from professional contributors on topics of art, culture, philosophy, politics and international relations. We are looking for European and global perspectives. We are searching for people from various professional backgrounds with strong writing skills, knowledgeable and passionate for their subject and able to deliver contributions on a regular basis. Please remember to read our manifesto prior to applying, as we are looking for like-minded people to work in close collaboration with our small and dedicated team. To apply email your CV, a brief letter of interest and sample of your writing to or

Deadline 31st December 2016

Opportunities & Training

Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing This eight-week online course for personal and professional development, led by Lapidus members Anne Taylor and Victoria Field, is now recruiting a new intake to start on January 9th, 2017.  It is part of the Professional Writing Academy suite of courses run in a state-of-the-art virtual classroom. Discount for Lapidus members. Details here or contact Anne or Vicky directly - or


From 9 January 2017

Art and Design Manager CW+ is looking for someone to join its arts team at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. This senior role will work closely with the Director Patient Environment/Arts Director to deliver a program that provides the best possible patient experience and environment within the charity’s hospitals. This full-time role has a salary of £32,000 - £35,000 depending on experience + pension

Location: London, Deadline 9 December 2016