Call out for participants for arts in health research project

Roehampton University is seeking participants for a research project commissioned by Moving Pieces that will investigate the potential benefit of their approach to people living with medically unexplained symptoms.

Moving Pieces Collective is an arts in health theatre organisation founded and directed by Charlie Blowers, an experienced arts psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, Feldenkrais practitioner, and performing artist.

Arts & health researcher vacancy, Derby University – deadline 6 December 2020

Derby University is looking for a part-time researcher to develop resources around a suite of films and promote them to new non-academic audiences via film festivals, established pre-natal networks, and to a range of training health-professionals. The role will also involve evaluating and reporting on the impact of this activity.

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UK Music reports increase in sector-wide diversity

UK Music has published its latest 2020 Workforce Diversity Survey as part of its UK Music Diversity Report 2020. The survey finds that representation of Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities among those aged 16-24 in the music industry is at a record high of 30.6%, up from 25.9% in 2018.

UK Music is an industry-led organisation which represents the collective interests of the recorded, published and live arms of the British music industry. It launched the Workforce Diversity Survey in 2016 to track progress to boost diversity and inclusion in the UK’s music industry.

Report finds pandemic response results in more flexibility in evaluation

A report from arts and health consultancy Willis Newson has found that changes in approaches to evaluating creative activities delivered remotely or online during Covid-19 have been prompted by increased flexibility from funders and the continuing need to find appropriate, accessible and sustainable ways to access participant experience.

Call to contribute to Community Covid research

The Community COVID project has been set up to understand how participants experiencing lockdown, self-isolation and shielding, engage with resources designed to inspire ideas, stimulate creativity and physical activity, combat loneliness and improve social connectivity.

Creative Facilitation project seeks participants

Arts, health and wellbeing facilitators working in London, South West England, or Yorkshire and the Humber are invited to participate in a research study looking at how creative facilitators navigate potential benefits and challenges of delivering arts, health and wellbeing activities, including during the practice changes resulting from the Covid-19 outbreak.

DCMS publishes review of role of arts in improving health and wellbeing

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has published a summary of the evidence collected on the role of arts in improving health and wellbeing. The report examines how arts engagement can impact on social outcomes, youth development and the prevention of mental and physical illness.

Heritage Alliance explores impact of heritage sector on wellbeing

The Heritage Alliance has published a report exploring the impact heritage can have on individual and community wellbeing.

The report, Heritage, Health and Wellbeing, examines how existing arts and culture work supports wellbeing. It provides 30 case studies covering a diverse group of activities from club nights put on by a group of disabled adults in Alexandra Palace to yoga in historic houses. Within this context the report makes a series of recommendations to the heritage sector, the health sector, and to government.

The 10th Attachment & the Arts Conference: The relational human body – 14 November 2020

The virtual conference will introduce a focus on research developments in understanding the ‘bio’ element in the psycho-bio-social approach to Attachment Theories. Dr Frank Röhricht will deliver the keynote speech on Creativity and embodiment in experiential and relational body-psychotherapy.

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Bridging the gap between Arts and Play for Health and Wellbeing in Research, Policy and Practice – 15-19 February 2021

This conference aims to address the gap between the arts and play and health and wellbeing fields, encouraging shared learning and asking critical questions that will support a move forward in arts and play with new-found insight. The organisers plan to take a hybrid approach to the conference, with one on-site day at the University of Edinburgh on 16 February and the remainder of the presentations spread across the week online.

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