Workshops and seminars

Training for musicians in mental health settings – 27 September 2020

Nicola Wydenbach and Emily Foulkes, experienced singing practitioners working with people with mental health issues, will lead this online training day for practitioners hoping to work in this field. The training will offer practical insights into how to work in this sector, as well as a toolkit of useful songs, ideas and practice.  

Nicola is the MD of the Mind and Soul Community Choir, established at the Maudesley Hospital in 2006. The choir will also be taking part so trainees can gain real life skills and meet people with lived in experience.

Arts & Health Hub Social – 9 July 2020

The Arts & Health Hub is a community of artists and cultural producers interested in or working in the field of arts and health. This meeting offers the opportunity to meet other artists in the arts and health sector, share ideas and projects through an online event.

Further information can be found here


Hospital Rooms launches free art workshops – weekly until 13 August 2020

Arts and mental health charity Hospital Rooms has teamed up with a group of international artists to launch a free, digital art school for people using mental health services and the public.

The workshops, taking place each Thursday at 2pm, will introduce attendees to the artists’ creative practices, help them create their own artworks and answer questions.

The project has been made possible by the support of Arts Council England, Charities Aid Foundation, City Bridge Trust through the London Community Response Fund and Hospital Rooms Friends and Supporters.

Arts Well: Grow – currently running until 7 July 2020

Arts Well: Grow is a programme of development for people interested in arts, health and wellbeing.

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. 

Solitude and the encounter, Queen Mary University – 19 June 2020

Queen Mary University of London is running a one-day webinar on 19 June to examine contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, as part of the Mad Hearts Conference. The webinar features Professor Femi Oyebode, Laura Fischer and John Richardson and will combine clinical, artistic and research perspectives for a contemporary reinterpretation of mental health science and practice.

The webinar is relevant for service users, mental health professionals, artists, and researchers and those interested in how the arts can contribute to mental health.

Facilitating Groups – Social Distancing and Beyond, 64 Million Artists – 23 June-7 July 2020

Social enterprise 64 Million Artists has launched a series of three webinars examining the facilitation of online and in-person groups. The workshops will focus on co-creative activities, democratic processes, and issues of group facilitation during Covid-19 and beyond. They are relevant for anyone leading groups within the creative, organisational, cultural or community setting.

Arts 4 Dementia Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations – 18 June 2020

This full-day online training aims to give arts facilitators greater understanding, increased skills, and confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers, including remotely. This interactive training, held over Zoom, offers an opportunity to connect with other arts facilitators and organisations.

Arts for All: Virtual Connections, CW+ – till July 2020

CW+, the official charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, (CWFT) has launched a new digital arts programme designed to support the health and wellbeing of patients at Chelsea and Westminster and West Middlesex University Hospitals, in addition to staff and those isolating in the wider community.  

Let this poem be a hand upon your shoulder – 15 & 29 May 2020

In times of crisis and uncertainty, poetry can bring comfort and healing. Let this poem be a hand upon your shoulder consists of a series of workshops by experienced poetry therapist Charmaine Pollard that can help you explore complex feelings and build your resilience as you connect with others in these challenging times. The theme is inspired by a poem written by Deborah Cooper.


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