Artists

Create to Connect, 64 Million Artists – currently running until 3 April 2020

64 Million Artists are running daily creative challenges to bring people together virtually during the coronavirus outbreak.

The challenges can be used with friends, family, in school or community groups, or for workmates working from home.

The challenges aim to promote sticking together, having some fun, and creating to connect.

Sign up here

 

The Big Draw announces festival's 20th anniversary theme

Visual literacy charity The Big Draw has announced that its annual festival of creativity will be based around the theme Climate of Change and will be called The Big Green Draw Festival. Marking its 20th anniversary, the festival will focus on the relationship between people and our living environments and ecosystems; highlighting how we live today and the ways in which we do and do not harmonise with nature.

A Space to be You, Headway Milton Keynes and Sophie Bennett – until 29 March 2020

This exhibition showcases a selection of recent works by artists who attend Headway Milton Keynes, a charity supporting adults who have an acquired brain injury. It demonstrates a range of both individual and collaborative practices and gives a platform to a diverse group of artists.

Unseen, Free Space Project – from 19 March 2020

The Free Space Project invites you to join them at the opening of their latest exhibition from visual artist and photographer Suzie Larke. This exhibition showcases her conceptual photography exploring mental health experiences. Suzie uses constructed imagery, digitally stitching photographs together in such a way that they present as a single, untampered image. The private view takes place on 19 March, 6.30–8.30pm.

Sign up for the private view here

Looking Back Looking Forward

 

January 2020 marks a year of being in the role of Director for London Arts in Health. New Year is always a good time to reflect and look forward and so I thought I would round up some of what I have learnt a year in as well as what I am looking forward to.

Launch of world's largest study into impact of arts on health

King’s College London and UCL have launched the world’s largest ever study into the impact and scalability of arts interventions on physical and mental health

Installation, Birds I wouldn't have heard, Science Gallery London - from 28 Feb 2019

What is it like to receive or donate an organ? How do disease and transplantation affect daily life?

Submissions Open, Shape Arts - deadline 15 April 2019

Shape Arts have opened submissions for their annual exhibition of artwork by disabled and non-disabled artists. The Shape Open will be hosted by Nunnery Gallery at Bow Arts this year and the theme is ‘In Circles’. There are no restrictions on who can apply, as long as the works submitted respond, abstractly or literally, to ideas on the theme, and contribute to the discourse on what disability is and could be.

Beyond Resilience: Co-designing Our Creative Futures, The Culture Capital Exchange - 14 March

 This forum held at The Bluecoat, Liverpool will be a highly participative day of workshops, discussions and peer-to-peer sessions focused on organisational and personal resilience as well as resilience in the wider world.

Paintings in Hospitals celebrates 60 years with new blog series

National charity Paintings in Hospitals is marking six decades of work in the UK’s health and social care spaces with 60 weekly blogs detailing the impact of art on our wellbeing from well-known artists, academics, critics, patients, carers and more. 60 Years, 60 Voices aims to highlight the contribution Paintings in Hospitals has made to the nation’s physical, mental and social health since the charity’s founding in 1959 by sharing personal stories from its diverse community of supporters.

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