September 2017
Arts & Health in the Media

Photography competition focuses on different ages of health – in pictures. The images from the flash points competition aim to explore the different stages of health and wellbeing

Helping clients see the art of health and wellbeing

Schizophrenia part three: How reflecting on past mental health through art is more than just therapy

Art and medicine unite in Libia Posada's 'Be Patient | Se Paciente'

Taking Your Grandparents to Museums Could Improve Their Health

Keeping brains healthy through art, movement

The inaugural Big Anxiety Festival is looking to change perceptions around mental health

How art can help people put life into perspective

Brain Health for a Song--Aging and the Arts

Dancing can help to combat the effects of ageing on the brain, scientists have found

Seven of the UK's healing hospital gardens – in pictures

Make a playlist for someone with dementia: the results will astonish you

Faith, science, beauty: what doctors can learn from Catholic art

This Artist Residency in a Hospital Is Helping Combat Mental Health Stigma

Older Adults Get Health Boost From Art

Aged care initiative picks up arts in health prize

Cancer survivors 'lose themselves' in therapeutic art while lifting each other up

Research, Publications & Resources

Handmade Wellbeing Handbook. Facilitating art and craft workshops for older people in care settings. Engaging in arts and crafts can enhance the wellbeing of older people, and therefore, creative activities should be included in wellbeing services for older people, both for those who live at home and for those who live in care homes. But what aspects should be considered in the planning and facilitation of craft activities for older people? The purpose of the Handmade Wellbeing Handbook is to provide the arts and crafts facilitator with information and ideas about developing pedagogical thinking and practical arrangements of the craft workshops. The handbook explores the special features of working with older people, for example, choosing suitable materials, techniques and working methods as well as communication, the importance of feedback and cooperation with care settings. In addition, the handbook presents practical examples of craft workshops that have been conducted in care settings. The publication is intended to be a resource for educational purposes especially in the fields of arts, culture, social and health care, as well as for professionals working with older people.

Impressions of the Impact of the Arts on Quality of Life and Well-Being in Ontario. This report presents the results of a random telephone survey of 1,004 Ontario residents (18 and older) in early March 2017, bearing a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Respondents were asked a series of questions about their perceptions of the arts in Ontario, with specific questions regarding the quality of life, well-being, identity, belonging, and public arts funding. Comparisons with similar surveys in 1994 and 2010 are also provided for questions that were asked in all three years.


Singing for Health: Tips and Tactics – A practical guide to running a singing for health choir. The aim of this series is to offer guidance on setting up and running singing groups for people with a range of enduring health issues. They are based on previous research, the learning from singing for health projects in the UK, and the practical experience of members of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre in establishing and evaluating community singing projects since 2004.


Creative People and Places Evaluation. More people from places with low levels of arts engagement are experiencing culture thanks to Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places (CPP) programme.


The Art of the Possible – Quick guide to commissioning arts and culture for better health and wellbeing. This quick guide is for commissioners of health and wellbeing services on partnering with the arts and cultural sector to deliver better outcomes. Targeted at local authorities, CCGs, hospital trusts and other health bodies, it draws on the Cultural Commissioning Programme’s learning, including our work with Kent County Council and Gloucestershire CCG, where innovative partnerships and whole person approaches are being used to reduce the need for costly interventions further down the line. It includes practical guidance and case studies, covering aspects of physical health, mental health and wellbeing.  It has been produced by NCVO in collaboration with the Association of Directors of Public Health.


STAYING ENGAGED: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Participate in the Arts. An Analysis Based on the Health and Retirement Study.  This report accomplishes several purposes for contemporary research into the arts’ value for older Americans. Not least, it responds to challenges raised by a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) research workshop on the arts and aging. Cosponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the 2012 workshop featured some of the most compelling bio-behavioral studies known to exhibit a positive relationship between arts activities—in theater, music, and storytelling, for example—and health outcomes of older adults. For every study under review, workshop participants seemed to declare even more gaps and research questions.


Evaluation in participatory arts programmes. This document brings together 18 examples of evaluation tools, methods and approaches, including creative evaluation, from across the Creative People and Places programme.


Sound Sense launch new website for community musicians. The UK membership organisation for community musicians Sound Sense has launched a brand new website. You can join for public liability insurance, regular journals and newsletters, advocacy, research, best practice documentation, practical project management resources and much more. Find out about the Code of practice for music practitioners, which is aligned with the ArtWorks code of practice principles for artists in participatory settings.


Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain. A new study, published in the Frontiers neuroscience journal, found learning to dance helped older people combat cognitive decline and improved their balance at a greater rate than simple physical exercise.


The Arts as a Catalyst for Human Prosociality and Cooperation. Research supports theory that arts can heal society People who engage with the arts are more likely to be charitable donors and volunteers, a new study has found. Engagement in the arts could be key to countering cultural and political divisions in the UK, according to a new study. Research, co-ordinated by psychologists at the University of Kent, shows that arts engagement can act as a catalyst that fosters social co-operation and bridges divisions in society. The authors conclude that substantial social and economic gains can flow when arts investment is targeted at making cultural opportunities more widely available and doesn’t just benefit the wealthy. They said: “Fostering a society in which engagement in the arts is encouraged and accessible to all may provide an important counter to economic, cultural, and political fracture and division.”

Events & Conferences

Arts Health Early Career Research Network 3-part special podcast, interviewing the three organisations selected as finalists for the Royal Society for Public Health Arts and Health Award. These organisations have been selected as leading examples of Arts and Health practice in the UK so we’ll be finding out what their work involves and tweeting the winner live from the awards ceremony in October!

For all this and more check out ARTS HEALTH Early Career Research Network

Queensland Mental Health Week. Queensland Mental Health Week is an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of mental health and wellbeing, to reduce associate stigma, and to celebrate the service of mental health workers. Our goal in 2017 is to encourage more Queenslanders to value their mental health, while working together to reduce stigma.

8-14 October

St Vincent’s Gallery presents, P J KOOL - A photographic exhibition dissecting Culture, Cancer and Cloth by Pam Kleemann. Enquiries to Monique Silk, Art Curator, St Vincent’s, 03 9231 3420, 0408 140 706. Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 3.30pm, Weekends 12.30pm - 4.30pm except 16th & 17th September

6 September – 1 November, Ground Floor, Daly Wing, 35 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy


The Arts Wellbeing Collective EXPO. Join us for a full day event celebrating all things wellness! There will be stalls, activities, workshops, and plenty of surprises. Best of all, the full day is free to attend. Mark it in your diaries now, and stay tuned for program announcements.

Mental Health Week, 11th October, Arts Centre Melbourne

Why Music? The Key to Memory Radio 3 is to return to the Wellcome Collection this autumn for a free weekend of events and broadcasts exploring the relationship between music, memory and the mind.

Why Music? The Key to Memory will feature discussions on everything from the power of song in helping people with a dementia to how conductors learn complicated musical scores and how jazz improvisation works.

13-15 October. All of the events are free, but most are ticketed. Booking opens on 29 September.


Unleashing health by design: Creating a culture of wellness in our cities Organised by SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange in collaboration with Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, the inaugural Congress seeks to share and stimulate new research, innovative practice and progressive policy ideas on how to design economically and ecologically sustainable cities that enhance citizen health and wellbeing.

Six dedicated streams will focus on: Citymaking; Sustainable development; Smart cities; Urban planning; Homes and neighbourhoods; Work and mobility.

16-17 October, Royal College of Physicians, London, UK

RUH STAFF & VOLUNTEER EXHIBITION 2017. A fantastic showcase of the RUH Staff’s artistic talents will be on display for the RUH Staff and Volunteer Exhibition 2017. Staff members from a range of departments – Maternity, Estates, Pathology, Therapies and ward volunteers to name a few, are taking part by exhibiting mediums such as photography, painting and mixed media.

20 October – 18 January

Gathering of Kindness 2017.  The key theme of GOK 2017 is "The Power of Kindness"/"Continuing the Conversation". The five day Gathering will provide participants with the opportunity to share their ideas, their work and their projects. Through this, we aim to better understand how we can improve our healthcare environment for all stakeholders, including staff and consumers. Everyone has a role to play: kindness starts within all of us.

30 October - 3 November

9th 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, Creative Ageing, Arts and Health in Hospitals, Healthcare Services and Health Promotion.

30 October – 1 November 2017 at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.


Seminar: What does art do at hospitals? Art is being created for Danish hospitals like never before. The state and regional authorities in Denmark are currently building and renovating hospitals to a total value of approximately DKK 42 billion/EUR 5.6 billion. This means that six new so-called ‘super hospitals’ and a wealth of freshly renovated wards and departments in existing hospitals are in need of being turned into welcoming, safe and home-like spaces, and art is expected to contribute greatly to this process. But what difference can art truly make in hospitals? Should it distract and divert? Can it actually promote healing? Is it allowed to challenge and provoke? How closely may it engage with patients; how subtle should it be? And what margin of freedom is available to art as it strives to accommodate all these expectations and operate within a hospital setting?

​Nov 10, 10:00 - 18:00, Kosmopol - møder og konferencer, Fiolstræde 44, 1171 Copenhagen


Introduction to Arts and Health 2017. This one-day national workshop will take place at University Hospital Limerick on 10 November.  A day-long programme featuring presentations by some of the leading figures working in arts and health in Ireland, this event is for healthcare professionals, arts practitioners and anyone interested in learning more about this exciting field.

10 November, University Hospital Limerick, Ireland


Arts in Health Manager Forum. An opportunity for arts programme managers and arts coordinators to find out more about other hospital arts programmes in the UK, share best practice, be inspired and network. RSVP by 29th September. The event is free and open to arts programme managers and arts coordinators. Places are limited, so please RSVP to to book your place by Friday 29th September. If you would like a 20 minute slot to share your work, or if you have any particular themes you would like the day to focus on, please let the team know as soon as possible via the email address above.

10 November 2017, 10am - 3pm, Education Centre, Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, DE22 3NE


World Kindness Day. People United is inviting people and groups from across the UK to apply to own and display a limited edition, free LED sign displaying the message “Be Kind”. By giving away the ‘be kind’ signs and inspiring people to create their own signs, the organisation wants to encourage not just specific acts of kindness, but the idea of kindness as a way of being. Application deadline: Midnight Sunday 24 September 2017.

Monday 13 November 2017

Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today - 20th Anniversary Conference . The international project “Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today” celebrates its 20th year of delivering Reminiscence in Dementia Care at a conference in Greenwich on 16th & 17th November 2017. Working across 16 countries the project offers a unique and creative way to bring together, as equals, people with dementia and their carers to share memories and celebrate long-term relationships. Come and find out how you can be part of this exciting international movement that has enriched the lives of many people with dementia through engagement in creative reminiscence. This conference, hosted by the University of Greenwich and the European Reminiscence Network, will include presentations from guest speakers from many countries, workshops, performances, exhibitions, and reflections from participating families and the project’s graduate apprentices.

16 & 17 November 2017

Advancing Dementia Care through the Arts & Sciences. This conference focuses on how the arts and sciences, working together, can help us understand dementia. As well as considering current and emerging research highlighting how the arts can support people with dementia, the day will include presentations, discussions and art experiments.

24 November, Royal Society for Public Health, London


Health Humanities & Arts in Health International Symposium. This symposium aims to bring arts and health together with health humanities for a fruitful exchange and opportunities to enrich practice. It will present and explore the latest research and provide an opportunity to share evidence-based practice. The arts, including music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature, are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. This symposium aims to bring arts and health together with health humanities for a fruitful exchange and opportunities to enrich practice. Health Humanities links health and social care disciplines with the arts and humanities. It aims to encourage innovation and novel cross-disciplinary explorations of how the arts and humanities can inform and transform healthcare, health and well-being. The symposium will present and explore the latest research and provide an opportunity to share evidence-based practice. There will also be a series of workshops, debates and networking opportunities.

27 & 28 November, The Enterprise Centre, University of Derby , 37 Bridge St, Derby DE1 3LA

Creativity and Wellbeing 2018. Following the success of this year’s Creativity and Wellbeing festival we are pleased to announce the dates for next year’s celebration of health and creativity. The week will take place from 4th to 10th June 2018 and we expect it to be bigger than ever. This year, there were over 330 events with more than 35,000 people attending.

4th to 10th June 2018

The Arts in Society 2018 The Thirteenth International Conference on The Arts in Society will be held at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada 27–29 June 2018. We encourage you to register for the conference by the Advance Registration Deadline: 27 September 2017.

27–29 June


Call for Papers

Thirteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:




27–29 June 2018, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada

International Health Humanities & Arts in Health Symposium. The Symposium will showcase and explore the latest research and provide an opportunity to share evidence-based practice. There will also be a series of workshops, debates and networking opportunities. Registration open and abstract submission until 25th September.

 Call for abstracts:

We welcome a range of presentation styles including the following:

   *   15-minute papers - 15 minute presentation and 5 minutes for questions. This can be an individual or team presentation.

  *   Flash Sessions – these are 5-7-minute short discussion pieces/provocations

  *   Practical Workshops – this is an opportunity to share some art making or show what you do

  *   Other – please submit another format if you wish, suggested formats are welcome

Informal queries:

27 & 28th November 2017, Derby Enterprise Centre, UK

Museums and wellbeing survey. The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing is conducting a second sector-wide survey to provide information about the ongoing development of health and wellbeing work in museum. The survey will inform the future of the Alliance as preparations develop for its merger with the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing in 2018.


Opportunities, Funding & Training

The University of Tasmania are offering a PhD scholarship for a candidate to undertake research into impacts of creative arts programs for renal patients. A doctoral candidate is sought specifically to contribute to ongoing research into impacts of creative arts programs for renal patients. The candidate would be involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of novel creative arts projects in Renal Dialysis Units associated with the Royal Hobart Hospital and groups of renal patients of different ages.   Mixed method research methodologies will be employed to evaluate projects, which may include monitoring of physiological markers.

The project considers themes in the areas of:

  • Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing

  • Renal Health and Dialysis

  • Community Health

  • Better Ageing

  • Youth and chronic disease

Hush is looking for a General Manager! We are, for the first time, seeking a General Manager to strategically enable the growth of our organisation and oversee our multiple music and arts projects.  If you'd like to play a crucial role in our unique work transforming the health sector, please download the Position Description. 

Deadline 2 October.

Call for Artists Interested in Social Equity to Join a Training Program Focused on Brain Health. The Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) is looking for artists from all disciplines—musicians, actors, writers, dancers, filmmakers, visual artists—who are passionate about making a social impact through their art to help people understand and care about brain health. The Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health at GBHI is a multi-professional training program dedicated to improving brain health and reducing the impact of dementia worldwide by developing, supporting, and empowering a new generation of leaders. Artists are the great communicators and connectors of our society. By telling the stories of patients, caregivers, and doctors—or by helping them tell their own stories—artists can inspire change on a personal level and help alter the narrative around aging and dementia. We need artists to be ambassadors of brain health and to help communicate more effectively the realities of dementia and what can be done to prevent it.


Hearts and Minds - Artistic Director. We are Hearts & Minds and we like to make people smile. We are a Scottish arts-in-health charity founded in 1997 and work across Scotland using the performing arts to encourage communication, interaction and laughter. We are looking to recruit a new Artistic Director to join our small and busy team in Edinburgh.

Insider Art PLACES STILL AVAILABLE for Art in Mental Health: A Foundation Course in Art Therapy. The course is co-led by Malcolm Learmonth and Karen Huckvale, assisted by Justine Fitzgerald, with input from other Art Therapists. They and all course tutors are qualified Art Psychotherapists, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council ( Malcolm, former Arts & Health lead for the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), is a registered supervisor and private practitioner. Karen Huckvale is a BAAT registered and Play Therapy accredited supervisor, a founder member and ex-trustee of AHSW. They have both worked as art psychotherapists in NHS mental health services and in private practice in Devon.

starts 17 Oct 2017

Facilitating Healing through Literary Arts  Change – Loss – Grief — Healing with Literary Arts alongside Visual Art, Music and Movement A residential course for experienced facilitators 2 -5th November 2017

Deadline 27 October, Lapidus, East Lothian, Scotland

Music Therapist, Grade 1 Monash Health. We currently have two exciting Music Therapist Grade 1 opportunities available for dynamic, flexible and patient centred music therapists to join the Music Therapy Service at Monash Health. These roles provide an opportunity to join Victoria's largest public healthcare organisation in the Music Therapy Service of the Music, Art and Child Life Therapies Department. The Music Therapy Service operates across Monash Medical Centre Clayton, Dandenong and Casey Hospitals, the Kingston Centre and community services. We provide paediatric and adult inpatient and mental health services, and are committed to patient centred, evidence based practice and supporting staff to continue their career development and lifelong learning. We form part of a dynamic allied health team with the vision "Making a difference, together".

These 2 part-time positions (1 ongoing and 1 temporary until June 2018) are unique and provide opportunities for clinical experience in general paediatrics and adult rehabilitation. With a structured supervision and peer support program, as well as a fantastic team of highly skilled and friendly colleagues, this is an opportunity that will prepare you for a career in public health.


SciArt Centre OPEN CALL FOR ART! ABOUT THE EXHIBITION. “Submerged” will begin as a virtual exhibition on SciArt Center’s website. A new page on the website will be created, and will feature:

  • 1-5 images of the artist’s work

  • 1 paragraph artist statement

  • Links to the artist's social media pages and website

The exhibit will be featured in an upcoming issue of SciArt Magazine. A pop-up version of "SUBMERGED" will take place in or around NYC at a to-be-determined date and location in 2018. The virtual exhibition will go live on October 26, 2017 and remain online. Click here to see the SciArt Center's previous exhibitions.