October 2016

Arts & Health in the Media 


RSPH’s Arts & Health Award 2016 winner announced

Breast cancer patients become living art

NASA Astronaut Wears Space Suit Hand-Painted by Cancer Patients

BDP’s Alder Hey hospital wins PM’s Better Public Building Award

GPs to work in 'wellness centre' alongside library and arts therapy under plans

Doctors Without Borders introduces creative mental health support to women in Kamrangirchar slums

Two Bedfordshire residents win national mental health art competition

Andrea C - Healthy Debate

The Decline of Play and Rise in Children's Mental Disorders

FACEing Mental Illness: The Art of Acceptance

Praise for art exhibition created by people recovering from mental health issues

Patients' art forms stunning exhibition to mark World Mental Health Day

Kids In Hospitals Get Free Dance Classes To Lift Their Spirits

Dance and music alter the brain in opposite ways

Westside Arts Festival Shines Light on Mental Illness and Addiction

5 reasons you should check out the Mammography Art Initiative in Wynwood this weekend

Creating A Positive Healing Environment At The Royal Oldham

Cultural engagement in Scotland at all-time high

Research, publications & Resources

Culture: Urban Future. A new report by UNESCO examines the link between investment in culture and sustainability in the development of cities. It concludes that culture is “a strategic asset for creating cities that are more inclusive, creative and sustainable”. “Global Report, Culture: Urban Future,” makes a series of recommendations for cultural provision to support quality of life in cities. The recommendations include the provision of improved public space, the development of culture-based solutions to improve urban resilience and increasing the role of culture in giving communities an active role in local governance. “The world is projected to have 41 mega cities by 2030, each home to at least 10 million people. Massive and rapid urbanization can often exacerbate challenges for cities creating more slums and poor access to public spaces as well as having a negative impact on the environment. This process often leads to a rise in unemployment, social inequality, discrimination and violence,” an official UNESCO statement explains. According to the report’s findings, the best measure to prevent such negative effects, is to fully integrate cultural components into urban strategies from the start.

The Benefit of Singing on Health and Wellbeing. An international study examining whether singing in a choir has a positive effect on health and wellbeing is calling for input from choir members. All information provided through the study is given is anonymous and voluntary. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.


‘Singing with your Baby’. A partnership between Musica Viva and St John of God Burwood Hospital Pilot Program Report, October 2016


CQC report encourages arts in care settings. A new report into the state of the social care sector has advocated the use of the arts as a means of care homes achieving excellence. The Care Quality Commission report says that “making best use of the arts to find creative and innovative ways to enable people to have a fuller life” is key to care homes delivering the best service for older people. The report assesses the state of health and care services in England over the past year and found significant variation in the quality of care provided across the country. It acknowledged the significant pressure on health and care providers and suggested a tipping point has been reached in the provision of adult social care. The report offers up engagement with the arts as a useful asset for care homes seeking to provide a better service for residents.

Funding resources and fundraisers

How to ask for support

What your (funding) partners want from you, but may be too polite to ask

Events & Conferences 








November is Arts & Health Month, an opportunity for organisations and individuals worldwide to promote the integration of the arts into a wide variety of healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, research, social and expressive purposes. Join the movement celebrating the positive impact the arts have on the health, healing and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Get Involved.

- Add the #artshealthmonth hashtag to your social media posts throughout the month of November, to increase international recognition and support for the valuable contributions of the arts to health.

- Add the logo, see above


Storytelling for Health conference. Booking is now open for the Storytelling for Health conference, which takes place in Swansea on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June 2017. Speakers include: Daniel Morden and the Devil’s Violin, Prof Mike Wilson (author of ‘Storytelling and Theatre’), Dr Jac Saorsa (visual artist, writer and researcher), Baroness Eluned Morgan AM (Assembly Member, and initiator of the Wales Government cross party Group on Arts and Health), and Phil George (chair of Arts Council Wales).

Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June 2017, Swansea, Wales UK.

Call for proposals is open until Monday 3rd November 2016.


Knitting for Wellbeing - through November 2016. A series of drop in events at the Wellcome Collection will explore the link between knitting and memory. Participants will also be able to try ‘therapeutic knitting’ with a view to making their own ‘memory purse’ to take away. The events are free and people can just drop in to the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection. Knitting materials will be provided.

Events take place each Tuesday 8/15/22 and 29 November, 2-5pm


HUSH 16: LAUNCH CONCERTS Hush 16: A Piece of Quiet, is a unique collaboration between three of Australia’s most loved musicians. Inspired by stories of young cancer patients and other children, ARIA Award-winners singer-songwriter Lior and vocal quartet The Idea of North, along with renowned composer Elena Kats-Chernin, consulted Australian children for lyrical guidance. From these conversations grew a collection of music that conveys the children’s feelings, hopes and dreams in a way that resonates equally with adult listeners. With performances from all three artists along with some of Melbourne’s finest classical and jazz musicians, this joyous album launch event will affect you deeply and positively.

Sydney launch concert 15th November; Melbourne launch concert 24th November. Tickets from $35


The 8th Annual International Arts and Health Conference. The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing 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

16th – 18th Nov, Sydney, Australia


Cultural participation and its effects on wellbeing and health The Royal Society for Public Health is holding a webinar to look at evidence from Norway and Australia on the impact of culture on mental health. Speakers: Odd Håpnes Norwegian Resource Centre for Arts and Health, Dr Christina Davies School of Population Health, University of Western Australia, Chair: Nick Ewbank Nick Ewbank Associates / Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. To register for free visit or contact Jess Davies

22nd November 2016


Outside in: Nature in Health. Chelsea and Westminster Charity is hosting a talk to explore the different applications of botanical interventions in the healthcare environment. Guest Speakers: Jinny Blom, Chloe Dewe-Mathews and Hammersmith Community Gardens Association

30th November 2016, 7 - 8pm. Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London


Arts, Health and Wellbeing Day Conference 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.

1st Dec, London, UK


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

Deadline Wednesday 1st 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, 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 2017, Bristol, UK

Call for papers

Art and Design in Healthcare Contexts The Association of Art Historians annual conference, will next year include a panel discussion exploring art and design in healthcare. Taking place from 6 to 8 April 2017 at Loughborough University, the panel invites historians of art, architecture and design, as well as cultural practitioners, programmers and policymakers, to reflect upon, critique and question the forms and functions of contemporary and historical art and design practices in healthcare environments (hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, etc.).

Deadline 7th November 2016


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

Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations - 9 December 2016. This early-stage dementia awareness session will take place at the Natural History Museum. It costs £85 and its aim is to give arts facilitators greater understanding, increased skills and confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers. Arts 4 Dementia

9th December 2016


Open Stage - Arts and Health Month. McMullen Gallery, Open Call for Musicians and Writers. If you’re a physician, staff or volunteer at UAH and you write, play an instrument or sing, our first-ever open stage is your chance to share your TALENTS with friends AND COLLEAGUES. Email sign-up starts November 4 -

Friday, November 25, 2016, 7:00-9:00pm. Friends of University Hospitals, Healing, Caring, Compassion, 8440 112 ST NW Edmonton, Canada


Artist Residency – RHSC and DCN

Ginkgo Projects are seeking expressions of interest from a contemporary artist or artists for a 12 month artist residency as part of the Art and Therapeutic Design (ATD) programme for the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) and Department of Clinical Neuroscience (DCN) hospital in Little France, Edinburgh.

Budget - £38,000 ex VAT has been allocated inclusive of all fees and expenses for this residency. This is broken down as artist residency fees of £28,000 (140 days @ £200) plus a materials budget of £10,000 to cover production or event delivery costs.


For further information, please contact (Hans Clausen, Lead Artist)


Location: Edinburgh, Deadline 9th November 2016


Fellowships – DCN

Ginkgo Projects are seeking expressions of interest from creative practitioners for the Art and Therapeutic Design (ATD) programme for the new Department of Clinical Neuroscience (DCN) hospital in Little France, Edinburgh. The opportunities are Language & Cognition Fellowship; Music Fellowship & Design Fellowship

The fellowships are a fantastic opportunity to promote and showcase the working activity and research interests currently found within the DCN through a programme of dynamic art/science commissions. Innovation and design development using current research practices is key to each fellowship within the programme. This project seeks to build relationships between artists, staff and external research partners to demonstrate best practice and contribute to on-going dialogue with respect to the benefits of creative practice in clinical environments.

Budget - Each fellowship is valued at £40,000 ex VAT including all materials and expenses. This is broken down into fellowship fees and a materials budget to cover production or event delivery costs. This is based on a fee allocation of £30,000 (150 days @ £200 per day) and £10,000 for support, materials and expenses.

For further information, please contact (Mark Daniels, Project Curator)


Location: Edinburgh, Deadline Wednesday 9th November 2016