LAHF Newsletter – 27 June 2018

Welcome to LAHF’s June newsletter with lots of opportunities and news about creativity, health, wellbeing and culture. Scroll down for jobs, funding news and an update from the organisation. You can click on any of the stories to find out more. Do share the newsletter and encourage others to sign up - it’s free!

In this issue




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!


And we are looking forward to next year. We are delighted to announce that Creativity and Wellbeing 2019 will take place from 10-16 June 2019. We are planning more events outside London and a new set of national activity around the festival. Do start planning your events now - we will be sharing more details soon.

#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.


We all make music
Inclusive music charity Drake Music has published a set of guidance and resources for organisations on improving disability access to the arts workforce and activities. Although focused on music education, the pack is useful to any organisation looking to improve its open-ness to new participants and practitioners.

Innovating for Improvement
The Health Foundation has announced a £1.7m fund to support up to 23 clinical teams to test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to improve health and social care delivery in the UK. It is particularly interested in applications focusing on the physical and mental wellbeing of staff, improving team working and relationships, or using technology and automation to address workforce challenges.

Attachment and the Arts
The latest in a series of conferences exploring art therapy through the lens of attachment theory and related research will take place this October.

National Disability Arts Collection and Archive
A new £1m digital archive chronicling the history of disability arts in the UK has been launched.

Music map for London
The Mayor of London has produced a map of music facilities across the city.

Dance education videos
Akademi releases twenty-five free educational videos to aid dance practitioners planning South Asian inspired dance workshops for older adults.

Diploma in Leading Dance for Older People
Green Candle Dance has launched a Level 3 OCNLR course for Dancers, Dance Teachers, Carers, Care Home workers, Occupational Therapists, or anyone working with older people or in community dance.


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Can gratitude inform high-quality care? – 2 July 2018
A talk and walk event hosted by rb&hArts considering the role of gratitude in healthcare.

Art as therapy – 3-15 July 2018
A group exhibition of paintings, drawings and mixed media artworks that shed light on the link between art, self-expression and wellbeing. All of the exhibitors have engaged in Art Therapy through the Enfield Integrated Learning Disability Service.

I want to live – 5 July 2019
I Want To Live is an exhibition exploring mental health and suicide by photographer Daniel Regan and suicide prevention charity Maytree. The exhibition runs through the summer but there will be an early evening tour and talk on 5 July.

Dementia awareness training – 6 July 2019
Arts 4 Dementia is running full-day training at the Foundling Museum for artists, learning officers, arts facilitators and front of house staff in developing arts programmes for people living with dementia.

Gratefully yours – 10 July 2018
An arts and archives event exploring the history of expressing gratitude in healthcare.

How can drawing support health and wellbeing? – 12 July 2018
A symposium at Phoenix Brighton and accompanying an exhibition about drawing and mental health which runs to 22 July. The one day symposium will consider a range of drawing practices and the way in which they can help us connect, communicate and enhance creativity.

Love and loss – 14 and 15 July 2018
A weekend workshop exploring creative ways of sharing and processing experiences of death, grief and bereavement.

One in Four – 14-18 August 2018
Lewisham Art House is showcasing a joint exhibition by artists Laura Greenway and Carlie Simpkin, providing an intimate look into the lives of those affected by psychiatric disorders.

How art heals: integrating practice and research – 22 September 2018
Professor Shaun McNiff (former President of American Art Therapy Association) will be running an interactive day at the London Art Therapy Centre.

Social prescribing conference – 6 November 2018
The King’s Fund, in collaboration with the College of Medicine and the Social Prescribing Network, is running a conference to look at how social prescribing can be measured and the impact it is already having on outcomes for patients.

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Community Engagement Manager – deadline 2 July 2018
The Barbican is seeking someone to develop and deliver a programme of activity connecting young people and adults to its varied artistic programme.

Project coordinator – deadline 2 July 2018
The Albany and Entelechy are looking for a highly organised and energetic Project Coordinator to join their unique participant/artist-led project Meet Me at the Albany (MMA).

Mentoring for musicians – deadline 4 July 2018
Sound Connections and rb&hArts have launched a mentoring scheme for musicians interested in working in clinical settings.

Performing arts and participation assistant – deadline 5 July 2018
CW+ is recruiting an assistant to support its performing and participatory hospital arts activity.

Design Manager – deadline 6 July 2018
CW+ is recruiting a design professional to co-ordinate a programme of major design improvements at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital.

Artist documentors – deadline 9 July 2018
Meet Me At… an award winning programme of activities for isolated older people in the borough of Lewisham, produced by Entelechy Arts and the Albany, is looking for an emerging artist or company to document the projects they create with residents.

Step Up course tutors – deadline 12 July 2018
Outside In, the national charity supporting artists who see themselves as facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance and isolation, is seeking tutors for its Step Up artist professional training programme.

Marketing communications professional – deadline 20 July 2018

Arts and Health South West and the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance are seeking an experienced writer and editor to oversee the development of two websites.


Art therapy volunteer – deadline 31 July 2018
Islington’s Claremont Project is offering a volunteer position for an art therapy student or recent graduate.
Art therapy volunteer – deadline 31 July 2018
Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham is offering a training volunteer position for an art therapy student.

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