Workshops and seminars

MEC Seminar: The Impact of Music on Health and Wellbeing – 11 February 2021

This free two-hour online seminar from the Music Education Council will discuss the key issues around the impact of music on health and wellbeing. The seminar will explore current best practice and examine how music can best support the advancement of social prescribing through promotion, collaboration and innovation.

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A4D Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations – 25 February 2021

Arts facilitators and learning teams from arts organisations are invited to take part in this training that aims to give attendees greater understanding, increased skills and improved confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers. In the light of the COVID-19 situation, there will be a special focus on virtual activities with opportunities to network in Zoom breakout rooms.

A workshop on marketing your workshops – 5 February 2021

Communications and marketing expert Francesca Baker has created a workshop to support arts professionals to market their own workshops. The session will help you find your target audience, write engaging copy, use social media, grow your personal brand and explore potential partnerships

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Fundraising and impact analysis for community arts projects – 6 March 2021

Composer and interdisciplinary artist Dr Amy Mallett and singer, vocal coach and producer Nicola Wydenbach have created this short course for community artists to provide ideas, suggestions and strategies to write your own grants as well as how to evaluate your project.

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Flourishing Lives Online Reflective Practice Groups – from 24 February 2021

Flourishing Lives are offering an outlet for arts, health and wellbeing practitioners to explore thoughts and reflections on their challenges and successes and learn from peers in a non-judgmental setting.

The online groups of up to 8 practitioners will be led by trained facilitators and counsellors. The sessions run for two hours and cost £15 per person.

Creative Health and Social Prescribing – 2-25 February 2021

Performing Medicine are piloting a workforce development programme in Southwark and Merton which explores how arts and culture can play a key role in healthcare and social prescribing. The programme will consist of modules designed to meet the needs of the different people working in this field, including link workers, social prescribers, GPs and arts organisations. In the final module GPs, link workers, social prescribers and arts organisations will come together to explore how they might work together to develop healthy, creative communities.

Art4Minds x The Artist's Way – from 12 January 2021

Write that book. Perform in that play. Learn that instrument. Finish that piece of music. Learn to paint. Make those animations. Do that ‘thing’ you have been putting off for years.

Based on Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artist’s Way’ and combined years of creative and psychotherapeutic experience, Art4Minds has designed a 12-week programme intended to support a community of dreamers to achieve their creative goals in 2021. Meeting on Tuesday evenings in an online therapeutic group setting, the course will thread guidance, care, and accountability throughout.

East London Dance Open Door sessions – from 26 November 2020

East London dance are holding drop-in sessions for those who would like support with Arts Council England funding applications. The sessions will provide a digital space to come together to chat through applications, ask questions and share advice and expertise to support each other. They are open to people at any stage of the application process, will be hosted via Zoom and will take place on 26 November, 10 December and 21 January.

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Stories from the body – from 20 January 2021

The arts in health theatre collective, Moving Pieces, is running an eight-week evening physical theatre course – presenting the opportunity to explore personal stories and the holistic benefits of connecting to the body, movement and improvisation.

Over the course of the programme, participants will gain:

Dementia and the arts: sharing practice, developing understanding and enhancing lives – from 1 February 2021

Explore, challenge and shape your perceptions of dementias through science and the creative arts. Creating a society that supports and includes those living with a dementia is a major challenge – and opportunity. In this online course, spread across four weeks, discover how the arts can create common ground between people, and in doing so, learn what we can all do to improve the quality of life and care for people living with different dementias.

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