Talks and discussions

Animation on Prescription at the Encounters Festival, Bristol – 19 September 2014

Now in its third year, Animation on Prescription is a one day event which aims to bring together animation and health professionals, sharing good practice and new advances in the field.

Creative Conversations in Arts and Wellbeing, Manchester – 13 August 2014

Is an event for artists and practitioners delivering arts and wellbeing projects, in the form of an informal supper club which will allows room for sharing practice whilst discussing ideas & inspirations. The first event will be hosted in Manchester city centre by 42nd Street; an organisation delivering services to young people under stress including counselling, therapy and group work including an arts and culture programme.

Singing Together - 20 May 2014

The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health in Folkestone will be hosting a talk about the impact of group singing on social cohesion. Dr Eiluned Pearce from the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford will outline work in progress looking at whether singing encourages the maintenance of social relationships via the release of neurochemicals called endorphins, and whether some of the health benefits rely on developing emotional ties to fellow singers.

Canadian music and wellbeing – 10 April 2014

'Reflections on singing for wellbeing and health: Canadian perspectives' is a lunchtime event at The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health. The event will feature Dr Mary Gick and Dr Jennifer Nicol discussing their work measuring the impact of singing on wellbeing as well as their role in a major project running in Canada at the moment called AIRS – Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Music and Medicine – 20 March 2014

Music and Medicine is an evening of talks, performances and demonstrations aiming to showcase the more unexpected links between music and health, bringing together doctors, researchers and musicians. Among the performances will be the Orchestra of St John’s, who hold musical therapy sessions with autistic children.The event is free but ticketed.


Arts and art therapies – 26 March 2014

A day-long conference event is being mounted by the Birmingham Centre for Art Therapy to discuss similarities and differences between therapy and therapeutic approaches in arts and health practice. ‘Mapping the Fields’ will include speakers from arts and health projects and arts therapists, who will look at best current practice and the role the arts can play in positive mental health and wellbeing for people of all ages.

Dementia experience on film – 7 February 2014

Two films about the experience of dementia for carers and sufferers, introduced and discussed by the film makers will form the centrepiece of this evening at the Freud Museum. The Waiting Room is Jane Harris’ film  about the last four years of her father’s life, spent on a psychiatric ward in his home town of Ayr. EX-MEMORIA, developed with the Bradford Dementia Group, takes us into a day in the life of Eva, putting us face to face with one person's experience of old age and dementia as she moves in and out of the momentary, the half-remembered and the partly imagined.

Arts therapy research – 6 February 2014

An evening of presentations and discussions by emerging and established researchers in arts psychotherapies and arts in health will take place at Camden People’s Theatre in February. The International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training (ICAPT) event will include talks about engaging service users in arts evaluation, discussions about current research methodologies and the presentation of short films. Tickets are £10

Arts in Health and Social Care Enterprises Group – March 2014

The Rayne Foundation has established a group of arts organisations which are already being commissioned/contracted by the NHS and/or local authority social care services. The purpose of the group is peer learning and to look for ways of engaging with relevant experts in the field of cultural commissioning. The next meeting of the group is in March when it will be addressed by Dr Michael Dixon, Chair of the NHS Alliance, who will talk about the evolving commissioning landscape.

Mirror-touch – 7 February 2014

Tate Modern is hosting two events looking at the relationship between the senses, society and the visual arts.


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