LAHF partners with Great Ormond Street Hospital and RADA

For Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2017, LAHF is exploring how the arts and creativity can have a considerable role in enhancing our health and wellbeing throughout the life course. With the resources, support and buy-in from key decision makers, the arts can realise their potential to generate wellbeing, improve our health and social care services, and create a healthy, more equal society. LAHF's partnership events highlight organisations that are leading the way and showcasing best practice in how arts and health professionals can work together to achieve these goals.

The arts as intervention: improving child health

Monday 12 June, 6pm-8pm

Free, book now

Our festival launch takes place at Great Ormond Street Hospital as we partner with them to explore the arts in child health. We’ve invited poet and most recent winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry, Hollie McNish, and author Cathy Rentzenbrink, previously shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, to talk about creativity and wellbeing and present brief readings of their work. There will also be an informative and energising panel discussion featuring Susie Hall (Head of Arts at Great Ormond Street Hospital), Caro Howell (Director of the Foundling Museum) and Dr Daisy Fancourt (BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker and Research Fellow in the Centre for Performance Science) chaired by LAHF’s Damian Hebron. If you’re interested in child health and want to learn more about how the arts can ensure children get the best start in life, this event is a must-see.


Young at (he)art: ageing well and creativity

Thursday 15 June, 5pm-6pm

£5, book now

We are all ageing, all of the time, so this event is relevant to every single one of us. We’ve partnered with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) to present an opportunity for everyone to learn about the different ways in which the arts can contribute towards healthy ageing, whether they’re playing a role in preventing age-related conditions, maintaining physical health, or reducing the risk of social isolation. In this forum discussion, we’ll hear from Dr Paul Camic (clinical health psychologist, professor of psychology and public health at Canterbury Christ Church University, Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, and co-director of Created Out of Mind Hub at the Wellcome Collection), Bo Chapman (Director of Salmagundi Films, a not-for-profit arts organisation using film, animation and iPads with participants including dementia patients), and members of RADA’s Elders Company (their resident theatre company for over 60s). Don’t miss this educational discussion on creativity and older people, stimulating new ways for arts and health to work together.


The end of death (as we know it)

Friday 16 June, 10.30am-12pm

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To finish our exploration of how the arts can contribute to health and wellbeing throughout the lifecourse, we’re hosting an event looking at how the arts and creativity can help us to understand death, bereavement and grief. Director of Life.Death.Whatever and founder of Poetic Endings, Louise Winter, will talk about funerals and creativity; author Marion Coutts will talk about writing The Iceberg, her response to the diagnosis, illness and death of her husband, the art critic, Tom Lubbock, alongside a short reading (finalist of the National Books Critics Circle, USA; shortlisted for the Costa biography award; Samuel Johnson Prize; and longlisted for the Guardian First Book award); and LAHF trustee Dr Laura-Jane Smith will lead a death café accompanied with plenty of tea, coffee and cake to go around.