September 2016

Arts & Health in the Media 


The Benefits of Art in Early Childhood

How to… run wellbeing-boosting arts projects

Music good medicine for cancer patients

Ministers support for wellbeing impacts of the arts

Art you have to be sick to see

How Manchester plans to be the best place for people with dementia

The Healing Power of Kindness

Stress test: Addressing mental illness at architecture school

Art alleviates anxiety for people with dementia, new research finds

Can dancing make you a better person? Study suggests link between ballet and sensitivity to others

Rising from the Ruins: An Opera Brings Healing to Nepal

Will we always need disability arts festivals?

Creative arts for health and wellbeing: Australia’s first research unit launched

Scottish Opera to present UK’s first dementia-friendly opera performance

Arts Health blogs

Jacquie Garton-Smith, writer, GP and Clinical Lead


Psychology Today Arts and Health


Blackpool Arts for Health

Research, publications & Resources
Sing Your Lungs Out: a qualitative study of a community singing group for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 
This study explores the ways in which participation in a community singing group contributed to the health and well-being of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study is based on transcripts from individual interviews and a focus group meeting with people with COPD participating in the singing group, regarding their experience set in Wellington, New Zealand.
Museums for Health and Wellbeing A Preliminary Report from the National Alliance for Museums, Health Wellbeing “This report sets the scene for a new era regarding the important role of culture in helping to improve the public’s health; positioning museums as vital community assets which can help to meet local health and wellbeing goals and ambitions acting in collaboration with local communities and partner agencies.” Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England
Funding resources and fundraisers

Cash For Culture - Funding Fair Knowing where to look for funding, how to apply for it, and how to fundraise is an on-going challenge. Voluntary Arts Scotland are bringing together a range of funders and funding organisations at their funding fair this November plus providing attendees with new funding booklet, packed with handy information and tips to assist with raising funds. This is a free drop-in event open to all. Book your free place via For further information, please contact or call 0131 561 7333
Tue 1 November 2016, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
The Hush Foundation presents an intimate afternoon concert with Lior, to celebrate the impending launch of Hush’s new album A Piece of Quiet. Tickets are strictly limited and include fine wine and delicious food prepared by one of Melbourne’s top chefs, Glenn Tobias. All proceeds will go to The Hush Foundation.
4-6.30pm, Sunday 9 October, 1 Manor Street, Brighton, Melbourne. $100 per head
Events & Conferences 

Arts, Culture and Innovation in Criminal Justice Settings: Improving Outcomes in a New Policy Landscape The National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice annual conference in York at HMP Askham Grange will explore innovation and creativity in criminal justice reform. The conference will see the launch of a new guide looking at how to commission arts projects in criminal justice settings in response to the Coates Review and the Culture White Paper. The conference and publication will highlight the unique role of the arts in supporting rehabilitation, including how arts can support safe and secure prisons and improve outcomes for offenders across the prison estate and in the community. It will provide evidence and best practice case studies to inspire governors and commissioners in a new autonomous environment.
October 5, 10:00am to 4:00pm GMT, HMP Askham Grange, York.  £60.00
World Mental Health Day, WMHD The theme this year is psychological first aid. The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on 10 October every year as an opportunity to raise "awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health." The theme for this year's World Mental Health Day, is psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress.
10 October, worldwide
Hearts, Hands and Minds Orchard View is a new £6.5m NHS Adult & Older Peoples Continuing Care Bed Facility designed by multi award-winning international architects Norr and is due to open in June 2017 within the grounds of Inverclyde Royal Hospital. Hearts, Hands and Minds is a therapeutic art, design and activity strategy consisting of ten projects with each element designed for practical and aesthetic reasons, offering enhancement of internal and external public and semi-public spaces in order to create comfortable, interesting and reassuring spaces which embrace a sense of home for the benefit of patients, carers and staff.
This one day event is for healthcare professionals, staff from mental health and dementia support services, artists, arts organisations, carers, patients and anyone with an interest in the role of art and design in healthcare contexts. Artists and NHS staff will share aesthetic approaches and clinical learning in the delivery of the projects, some of which are still in progress. To book visit
Wed 12 October 2016, 09:30 – 16:00 GMT
Many Ways to Help conference
The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation invites you to a key event on the treatment and prevention of gambling-related harm. The Many ways to help conference will bring together local, national and international speakers and delegates. The underlying theme of gambling-related harm will be addressed in a variety of formats; paper, presentations, workshops and panel debates.
Notably the program includes a performance Three Sides of the Coin. A project which devises a repertoire of theatrical scenes through a creative workshop process involving people with the lived experience of gambling harm. The workshops lay the foundation for meaningful peer connection, further recovery and build the confidence and capacity of participants through performance. They work with diverse communities (Vietnamese, Arabic, Indigenous, Corrections) in order to build culturally specific performance scenes that reach out into the community to open and stimulate the dialogue about gambling harm from a public health perspective.
The conference will also host an exhibition by people who have created artworks as part of their recovery from gambling related harm.
17th – 19th October, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne
We are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of free registration places to Arts Health Associates subscribers, contact us at or you can register here
The World Summit on Arts and Culture The World Summit on Arts and Culture is staged by IFACCA, in partnership with one of its national members, every two to three years. The aim of the Summit is to provide national arts councils, ministries of culture and other agencies, the opportunity to discuss key issues of public support for the arts and creativity.
18th to 21st Oct, Valletta, Malta
Building the Bridge Between Health and the Arts: The Importance of Training
An opportunity to contribute ideas on how training can help grow and enrich arts in health practice, research and policy. A new survey outlining current provision of arts and health training across the UK will be launched, as part of an Aesop / Canterbury Christ Church University Faculty of Health and Wellbeing partnership to create the ‘Aesop Institute’ training initiative. Confirmed speakers include Sarah Jewell, Public Health Workforce Development Manager, (Kent, Surrey and Sussex), Public Health England, Pauline Tambling CBE, CEO, Creative and Cultural Skills, Polly Wright, Artistic Director, The Hearth Centre
Free. Friday 28 October 2016, 10am – 4pm GMT, Augustine Hall, Augustine House, Rhodaus Town, Canterbury, CT1 2YA
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
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
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, 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

Expressions of Interest: Creative Industries Summit
Expressions of interest are now open to events and conference suppliers for the delivery of the inaugural Creative Industries Summit. Taking place in Melbourne across two days in 2017, the summit will bring together leading thinkers and practitioners from across the cultural and creative landscape, enabling industry and cross-sector networking, expansion of business practice, new partnerships and new ideas.
The Creative Industries Summit is one of 40 key actions contained in Victoria’s first creative industries strategy, Creative State.
Full details of the EOI process and event requirements are now on the Victorian Government tenders website. Submissions will be accepted until Wednesday 19 October 2016.
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 7 November 2016
Opportunities & Training

How Literature Can Improve Mental Health: Take a Free Course Featuring Stephen Fry, Ian McKellen, Melvyn Bragg & More  The University of Warwick have teamed up with some famous faces, and a team of doctors to tackle these questions and others like them, in a free online course on FutureLearn.
*NB the course has already started but you can still join
Project Coordinator, National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing are seeking a Project Coordinator to be based at University College London. The purpose of this project is to take forward the work of National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing.
Closing Date: 5th October, 5pm GMT
Staying and Waiting Commission (NHSDG), NHS Dumfries & Galloway with Wide Open. Lead Artist to work with young artists from Dumfries & Galloway on comprehensive approach to Staying and Waiting for new NHS Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary.
Closing Date: 10 October 2016 at 17:00 GMT
Public Art Project Manager Willis Newson, Bristol, UK seeks talented, enthusiastic and practiced Public Art Project Manager for 9 months maternity cover contract. 
Closing Date: 17th October 2016, 5pm GMT
Building The Bridge Between Health and the Arts: The Importance of Training This free event is an opportunity to contribute ideas on how training can help grow and enrich arts in health practice, research and policy. A new survey outlining current provision of arts and health training across the UK will be launched.
28th October 2016, 10am – 4pm GMT, Augustine Hall, Augustine House, Rhodaus Town, Canterbury, CT1 2YA. Free
Online Arts and Health Courses with the University of Tasmania University of Tasmania have gathered the latest research from around the globe exploring the health benefits of engaging in creative pursuits in clinical, therapeutic, social and personal health settings. Using their findings and expertise, they have developed a series of short online courses exploring 8 areas of arts practice. Courses created from the latest research from around the globe exploring the health benefits of engaging in creative pursuits in clinical, therapeutic, social and personal health settings. The first course “The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health” is free and starts on 24 October 2016.
24 October
Creative Future Project Manager An experienced arts administrator and programmer is sought to organise and deliver the Creative Future Literary Awards - an annual literary awards competition and event showcasing the work of marginalised writers. The CFLA Project Manager will nurture partnerships, organise the workshop programme, awards anthology and award event, manage the writer-in-residence scheme and most importantly, provide support to marginalised writers in the lead up to the competition and after the awards event.
Closing date: Sunday 9th October
Arts in Hospital Administrator, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset, UK. Arts in Hospital is a small, charitable organisation based at Dorset County Hospital. We aim to enhance the healing environment, raise patients' spirits, and give pleasure to all who are concerned with their welfare. We’re looking for an Arts Assistant with a practical knowledge of fine art to help with the practical care and administration of our permanent and loan collections in the Hospital, also helping the Arts Manager with temporary exhibitions, volunteers and social networking.
LAHF Festival co-ordinator. LAHF is recruiting a Festival Co-ordinator to support the delivery of next year’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week, from 12-18 June 2017. The role will involve about 2 days a week from December 2016 to June 2017 and successful candidate will be an experienced project manager with excellent organisational skills and a passionate belief in the way that the arts can improve health and wellbeing. For more information, please email
Closing date: 31 October 2016
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