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Annual Survey

This is an important tool for us in working out what we offer members and also what goes in (and out) of the newsletter. And we rely on your input. Over recent years, the newsletter has become a really important barometer of work in arts in health in London and beyond so it would be great if you could take five minutes to fill in the survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/LAHF before Monday 23 January.

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We are currently doing a bit of a spring clean and what to find out more about who our followers, users and members are and what you want from us. Please take a few minutes to answer some questions which will help shape what we offer as a charity.

LAHF appoints new Director

The Trustees of London Arts in Health Forum are delighted to announce the appointment of Jenni Regan as the new Director of LAHF. Jenni will be taking up the post in early December. Jenni spent over a decade at the BBC producing news and current affairs programmes, as well as mentoring young people in film projects. She will be leaving her current post as Media Engagement and Awards Manager at mental health charity Mind where she leads the yearly awards which celebrate good coverage of mental health.

Facing the Future

To kick-start the autumn, LAHF has commissioned a series of blogs about the future of arts and health which we will be publishing daily over the next 2 weeks. The blogs, from leading practitioners working across the spectrum of creativity and wellbeing ask where this work is heading and what challenges and opportunities might open up in the year ahead. The blog series will begin on Monday 10th September and a new blog will be published each weekday until 21st September.

Changes at LAHF

The LAHF Director, Damian Hebron will be leaving in the early autumn to take up a new role, joining NESTA’s Health Lab. Judith Mellor, LAHF’s Chair said: “Many congratulations to Damian, all of us at LAHF will miss him hugely.

#NHS70 #HealthHaiku

As part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week we ran an event with arts charity 64 Million Artists celebrating poetry and wellbeing by encouraging people to write haikus about health. We are going to repeat this on 5 July the 70th anniversary of the NHS and hope you will join in. All you need to do is tweet or share on Facebook a short poem (5 syllables/7syllables/5syllables) with thoughts about health and wellbeing and use the hashtag #HealthHaiku - we will share them and sprinkle some creativity over the NHS 70th anniversary celebrations.

Creativity and Wellbeing - another year!

This month’s Creativity and Wellbeing festival was the biggest we have ever run. There were nearly 350 events in London and 100 outside the capital and over 35,000 people attended talks, demonstrations, performances, exhibitions and discussions. Our thanks go to everyone who planned and staged events and everyone who attended. We are tired but very pleased with how it all went!

Capturing Creativity Commission – 20 May 2018

LAHF is seeking a visual artist to help document its annual festival Creativity and Wellbeing Week. The artist will be expected to attend between 2 and 4 key events in the festival and capture them visually in a way which can be recreated digitally. This documentation will sit alongside the organisation’s evaluation of the week and will be used to summarise the festival and help with communication for future development of the festival.

New LAHF Newsletter - call for submissions

We are taking the opportunity to change the LAHF newsletter too - so, from next month, our newsletter will also become monthly and will be more focused on London news. We want to hear from you about events, opportunities, developments and local stories. We will also be expanding the LAHF blog and are keen to hear from you if you would like to contribute. Perhaps there is an aspect of creativity and health that you think is under-explored, or a problem that you think needs addressing.

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