Talks and discussions

East Midlands CHWA Gatherings – 28 & 29 July 2020

Rachel Howfield Massey (Arts and Health Derbyshire) and Laura Phillips (Derby Museums) are hosting the second series of East Midlands CHWA Network Events, via Zoom. This is an opportunity to meet other culture and health practitioners from the region, find out how everyone is doing and think about what is wanted from a regional network. The discussions will be centred around the question: Have we found ways to create intimacy at a distance, particularly in relation to digital poverty?

APPG on Arts, Health & Wellbeing: Webinar – 16 July 2020

Tracey Brabin MP, Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries will chair this discussion where speakers will talk from a range of perspectives about the context of Covid-19 and how the arts and creativity have been used to support people who are shielding and vulnerable in our communities. This will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. The webinar will be hosted by Arts & Health South West via Zoom.

Find out further information and register here


Pathways into Arts, Health and Wellbeing: making the sector more inclusive - 14 July 2020

Join Arts & Health South West’s online webinar to discuss how to make pathways into the arts and health workforce more inclusive and diverse. The conversation will be chaired by Lerato Dunn, Arts Development Officer at Bristol City Council and the guest speaker will be Dr Ranjit Khutan, Principle Lecturer and Head of Public Health Outreach and Engagement at University of Wolverhampton.

Book tickets here

Keeping the Conversation Going: Loneliness and Social Isolation – 1 August 2020

Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland and Voluntary Health Scotland will be hosting an online discussion on exploring creative responses to loneliness and social isolation in Scotland during COVID-19.

Discuss the essential role arts and health organisations and practitioners have been playing during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to play beyond it, including ideas for creative renewal, practice and recovery.

Strengthening BAME inclusion in arts & wellbeing services roundtable – 17 June 2020

Flourishing Lives is hosting a free online roundtable discussion sharing best practice in community engagement and strengthening inclusion in arts and wellbeing services for people from a Black, Asian, and minority ethnic background (BAME). The event is being held in collaboration with the Race Equality Foundation and HEAR Network and is designed to find consensus in best practice in diversity and inclusion across the arts and health sectors. 

Arts and therapy in the time of the pandemic – 18 June 2020

Edge Hill University’s Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing is holding a free online event to explore the contribution of the arts and arts psychotherapies to health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic. The event is being held in collaboration with the International Arts Therapies Doctoral Alliance led by New York University. 

Climate Literacy 101 Support Programme – 4 & 11 June 2020

As part of the Arts Council England environmental support programme, Julie’s Bicycle is running a series of introductory webinars on creative climate action.

Flourishing Lives Online Reflective Practice Groups – June & July 2020

Open to those who work in community arts and wellbeing services, these online reflective practice sessions offer support and a space to explore and learn with other practitioners working in arts, health and wellbeing settings. They offer a non-judgemental place outside of work to unravel your thoughts and reflections on the challenges you face and your successes.

The online groups of up to 8 practitioners are led by trained facilitators and counsellors and are taking place on 19 and 24 June and 10 and 22 July 2020. The sessions run for two hours and cost £15 per person.

Age of Creativity collection of events and resources – ongoing

The Age of Creativity Festival may be postponed until October, but the team have pulled together a compendium of free creative online events, including those suitable for people in a care home setting or those living with dementia. Virtually tour the world's best museums, take a dance class, join a choir, watch quality theatre productions, or stretch your brain with a short university course.

Further information can be found here


Art4Minds Creative Sharing Circle and Art and Mindfulness online workshop

Art4Minds Creative Sharing Circle is taking place every Thursday from 7pm.

The first hour will be structure with check in and 'show and tell'. Then there will be time for those who wish to stay for a more informal discussion around creativity and wellbeing in the time of COVID-19.

Art4Minds will provide activities every week for people to do in their own time. The results can be shared in the group or you are welcome to share any other project you might be working on.


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