Mental health

Two poetry workshops with Charmaine Pollard, London – 19 & 27 October 2018

Writing, Coffee & Conversation

When: Friday 19 October 2018 - 11-1.30pm

Cost: £20

Where: Southbank Centre, London

The emphasis of this group, led by poetry therapist Charmaine Pollard, is on self-discovery and self-improvement - no prior experience or knowledge of writing poetry is required.

"We meet at selected bespoke cafés and places of interest throughout Central London. We use the venues to start us off and inspire our writing."

I'm Still Here exhibition, London – 19 September-4 November 2018

I'm Still Here is the Koestler Trust’s eleventh exhibition in partnership with Southbank Centre; this year’s work has been selected by the families of current prisoners.

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Read Write Express Writing for Wellbeing workshops, SE3 – 10 October & 14 November 2018

The workshops will combine short writing exercises with breathing spaces and written, visual and tactile resources to explore the themes of “Perseverance” and “Laughter as Medicine”.

"Express yourself and make discoveries through voicing your words in a supportive setting with no critique."

To book for 10 October – Perseverance - Click here

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.

Cardboard Citizens Theatre of the Oppressed training courses – November & December 2018

These London-based courses are based on participatory "forum theatre" methodologies, and led by Adrian Jackson, Augusto Boal's translator and the founder of Cardboard Citizens.

Since its creation in 1991, the company has been applying Theatre of the Oppressed techniques in homeless hostels, prisons, community centres, schools and theatres – using Boal’s techniques to engage and inspire the most marginalised.


Monday 5 November - Friday 9 November 2018

Bobby Baker’s Great & Tiny War, Newcastle – from 7 September 2018

Bobby Baker's latest work focuses on her own family history and the domestic experiences of women during the First World War, creating an immersive multi-media art installation in a terraced Newcastle house.

7 September to 9 November 2018

Webinar: Music changes young lives and minds – 18 October 2018

This Arts Award webinar is aimed at primary and secondary school music teachers, heads of department, head teachers, peripatetic teachers and music leaders, and parents and carers.

We will cover:

Tamalpa movement workshops, Kent – from 8 September 2018

Tamalpa UK's September workshops are designed for both beginners hoping to understand more about movement-based expressive arts, and those more experienced in Tamalpa's approach.

Tamalpa Experience workshop with Lian Wilson 8-9th September 2018

A 2-day intensive workshop designed to give participants an experiential understanding of our approach to movement-based expressive arts. It also provides an opportunity for ones own body and mind to relax and recharge physically, emotionally and mentally.

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Dance as Medicine autumn workshops – 16 September onwards

These workshops at the Chisenhale Dance Space (London E3) will focus on body, wellness and imagination and will be led by Natasha Swingler, a dance artist and bodywork practitioner.

Pringle Awards for art and poetry – deadline 17 September 2018

Mental health charity Mind is seeking nominations or submissions for the Bill Pringle award for visual art and the Bill Pringle award for poetry, based around the theme of ‘hope’. A £50 prize is offered for each. 

The visual art award accepts submissions and nominations of 2-dimensional work (paintings, photographs etc.) but not sculpture or other 3-dimensional forms.

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