Talks and discussions

XX exhibition and events, Bethlem Gallery – 1 July-26 August 2017

"XX" will include work by over 30 artists spanning the two decades of the gallery's existence. There will be an accompanying programme of events including performance, art workshops and live music.

Opening event: 1 July 3-5pm

"Join us on the opening event with Ismail Ali, Project ALCHEMY, who will be activating our limited edition anniversary mugs with his combined laboratory and theatre - 'Is it Art or is it Science? Who cares when it tastes this good!'"

Launch of "Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing", London – 27 June 2017

The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama invites you to the launch of Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing (Methuen, 2017). Edited by Veronica Baxter and Katharine Low, Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing is the first volume in the field to address the role that theatre, drama and performance have in relation to promoting, developing and sustaining health and wellbeing in diverse communities.

Arts and culture organisations push parties ahead of General Election

A number of arts and culture organisations – including the Museums Association, One Dance UK, the Creative Industries Federation, and the Cultural Learning Alliance – have issued manifestos ahead of the general election. The Creative Industries Federation is also hosting a series of events at which leading figures from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party will speak about their party’s approach to the arts and creative industries and take part in a Q&A session.

How important are the arts to healthy ageing? – 15 June 2017

If you work with older people or are interested in how the arts can maintain good health in later life, come along to our partnership event with RADA on Thursday 15 June at which we’ll be hosting an informative panel discussion on arts and ageing. This is an opportunity for you to bring your knowledge up to speed about recent successful projects using the arts to improve health and wellbeing in later life.

Our popular LAHF networking event in partnership with Paintings in Hospitals is back! – 14 June 2017

After a second sold-out Connect event last year, we’re pleased to announce that we will be holding another networking opportunity in partnership with Paintings in Hospitals.

Creative Industries Federation annual creativity lecture – 17 May 2017

Sir John Sorrell, who is stepping down as founding chair of the Federation, will deliver the inaugural lecture. Sir John will discuss his core values and offer advice to the sector; he will be joined in conversation by Sir Peter Bazalgette, one of the industry leaders who worked with John to establish the Fed. This will be followed by a drinks reception.

Reading in Prison Day, London – 9 June 2017

The Prison Reading Groups annual Reading in Prison Day will focus on three major themes: Putting the library at the heart of the prison; Reading and families; and Why read?.

Delegates will include prison governors, librarians and volunteers, authors, representatives of education and literacy organisations, and most importantly ex-prisoners with first-hand experience of reading in prison.

Where: University of Roehampton, SW15 5PU

Cost: Free

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InFinnity Project launch, Hospital Club – 12 May 2017

The InFinnity Project will highlight art as a therapy for mental health problems and raise funds for Rethink Mental Illness. The project will run on an annual cycle with the support of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and of the Adamson Collection, the largest UK collection of art produced by mental health service users, housed at the Wellcome Library.

Where: The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, London WC2H 9HQ

LAHF partners with Great Ormond Street Hospital and RADA

For Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2017, LAHF is exploring how the arts and creativity can have a considerable role in enhancing our health and wellbeing throughout the life course. With the resources, support and buy-in from key decision makers, the arts can realise their potential to generate wellbeing, improve our health and social care services, and create a healthy, more equal society. LAHF's partnership events highlight organisations that are leading the way and showcasing best practice in how arts and health professionals can work together to achieve these goals.

Postcards from Prison, Koestler Trust – 17 May 2017

17 May 2017 19.30–22.30
The Tabernacle, Notting Hill Gate, 35 Powis Square, off Portobello Road, London, W11 2AY

Tickets include a piece of original postcard art by an artist inside or outside of prison and an evening at the Tabernacle with talks, performances, food and drink. (Tickets limited to 150).

Cost: £100. Or for £50, buy a piece of original postcard art by an artist inside or outside of prison (Tickets limited to 50).

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