Talks and discussions

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.

Music, Health and Wellbeing Symposium, University Hospital Limerick – 17 September 2020

University Hospital Limerick is inviting clinical professionals, music therapists, musicians, representatives from relevant NGOs, service users and members of the public, to share in a day of research, workshops and performances exploring music, music therapy, health and wellbeing.

Social Prescribing to Arts as Diagnostic Practice for Dementia, Arts 4 Dementia - 12 March 2020

Arts 4 Dementia is working, in association with DCAN, the NHS England, NHS Improvement and Alzheimer's Society, to advance social prescribing to arts as diagnostic practice for dementia.

To mark Social Prescribing Day they are hosting a cross-sector round table, to include LAHF director Jenni Regan, at The Wallace Collection. Attendees will also be able to view Jane Frere’s D-IAGNOSIS! Arts to Preserve Wellbeing painting, which is touring UK museums to set up social prescribing links for dementia through art and heritage sites.

Healing Spaces: madness, music & transformation – 25 March 2020

Dr Christopher Findlay ​will be in conversation with ​the Rev Prof June Boyce-Tillman ​at The University of Winchester, examining how psychiatry and music can work together to support healing and enrich our view of what it is to be a human being.

Further information can be found here


London LASER #30: A Picture of Health – 19 February 2020

London LASER presents an evening of talks and discussion at Central Saint Martins, bringing together artists, curators, scientists, and health professionals to explore the relationships between art, health and medical research.

Topics for discussion will include the considerations of art in a range of health settings, the ethical implications for artists working directly with personal medical experience, and collaborative processes between artists and scientists investigating contemporary medical research.


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