Talks and discussions

A New Year Reflection with Stephen James-Yeoman – 21 January 2021

Arts & Health South West have invited Stephen James-Yeoman, BBC Arts Commissioning Executive Digital and Festivals, to deliver a New Year reflection and conversation about how everyday creativity can support wellbeing. Focusing on how BBC programming encourages people to get involved in creative activities, Stephen will discuss the power of creativity especially during 2020 when people were empowered to get creative at home during some of the most challenging times during lockdown.

Arts in hospitals during COVID-19: Time to reflect – 22 January 2021

CW+ (the charity for Chelsea & Westminster NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust) and Arts, Heritage and Design in Healthcare Network are running this free online event to explore what has been learnt during COVID-19 about the value of arts in hospitals. Those with an interest in hospital arts programmes are invited to share their experiences and exchange ideas about evaluation during the pandemic.

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Collecting and choice: A model for life's decisions – 15 December 2020

During this Royal Society of Medicine webinar, neuroscientist Shirley Mueller, author of Inside the Head of a Collector. Neuropsychological Forces at Play, will discuss the fascinating way neurology and behavioral economics explain what collectors enjoy doing and how collecting decisions mimic choice in life.

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For All I Care – from 25 November 2020

Wellcome Collection and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary are launching a five-part podcast mini-series about how to care, more creatively. The series is presented by multidisciplinary artist Nwando Ebizie, with contributions from the worlds of contemporary art, science and health. With ideas for how to care and connect, the series will explore the urgency and complexity of care through conversations, artistic works and healing experiences.

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December Artist Peer Group – 14 December 2020

The Arts & Health Hub is a community of artists and cultural producers interested in or working in the field of arts and health. It runs free monthly peer groups to discuss and further individual's artistic practice. The virtual artist peer group will be an opportunity to hear from two artists about their practice. The peer groups provide the space for artists to share active ideas, projects and challenges, with support from audience participants. The event takes place over Zoom with a break in the middle.

Beyond Survival: Creativity in Confinement – 17 November 2020

Author, poet, and broadcaster Lemn Sissay will be the keynote speaker at the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance’s 2020 Anne Peaker lecture. Lemn’s critically acclaimed 2019 autobiography, My Name Is Why, reflects on his childhood, self-expression and Britishness, and explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. Lemn will talk about the role creativity can play for people at risk of being institutionalised and how people use creativity to exercise agency and shape their own destiny.

Royal College of Physicians Museum Late – 3 December 2020

On the first Thursday of the month a contemporary artist featured in the Royal College of Physicians acclaimed exhibition 'Under the skin: anatomy, art and identity', discusses their work, its relationship to the body and wider issues surrounding the representation of the human form in art, medicine and science. On 3 December artist Sofie Layton will join Dr Jo Wray & Dr Giovanni Biglino for a live Q&A. The session will also include an introduction to the exhibition and the college’s remarkable collections by a member of the museum team.

Culture, Creativity and Health Winter Gathering, London Regional Event – 17 November 2020

Arts & Health South West, alongside Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance regional champions and the LENs regional champions, have organised a morning of networking, key updates and case studies. Sign up to hear from members of the London steering group about current pan-London health and wellbeing initiatives; get inspired through case studies from organisations who have adapted their provision for Covid-19 and network informally to share your current practice and challenges.

Voices from the Knitting Circle online discussion– 12 November 2020

Voices from the Knitting Circle is an award-winning documentary that provides a chilling glimpse into the secret worlds and stolen years inside the long care asylums that closed in 1980s. Following a successful run at cinemas and film festivals, the film is screened online for free this autumn until Sunday 15 November. Captions and audio description are included in the film

Beyond Measure? – until 26 November 2020

The Cultural Institute has collaborated with the Centre for Cultural Value, and Leeds Arts Health and Wellbeing Network on a programme of digital engagement exploring research and evidence in culture and health. The remaining events include an artist discussion, talks from experts in the health and arts sector and a conversation with Dr Daisy Fancourt, leading arts and health researcher based at UCL, and Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England.

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