LAHF Newsletter – 9 May 2018

Welcome to the first edition of LAHF’s new newsletter. This is now a monthly update on events, opportunities and news for London. We will be putting together news of national policy developments and information about the new Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance in a separate, new monthly bulletin. The first of these went in April and to make sure you receive the May issue, you need to sign up here.

In this issue



Festival Tickets
LAHF’s annual Creativity and Wellbeing festival will take place from 4-10 June 2018 with over 350 lectures, performances, workshops and networking opportunities across London. LAHF has curated events on each weekday focusing on different artforms. On Monday we are exploring music in care settings, Tuesday focuses on art and museums with a morning event looking at visual arts and museums followed in the evening by our ever popular Connect event with Paintings in Hospitals. On Wednesday we are investigating theatre with two workshops, one exploring theatre in hospitals, the other examining the ways theatre connects communities through health. On Thursday a host of leading dance practitioners, clinicians and participants will look at dance and ageing and specifically the different ways that dance unlocks creative approaches to ageing and connects with clinical approaches to health and wellbeing. While Friday is a day dedicated to literature with people writing Healthy Haikus and an evening event bringing together writers and poets, patients and participants to talk about reading, writing and wellbeing. The full programme of events is available at


Consultation on Mayor’s Culture Strategy
The Mayor of London has published a draft culture strategy which has health and wellbeing as one of its core priority areas. The strategy is up for consultation until 19 June 2018.

Arts Council Enquiry into Culture in Cities
A new enquiry is investigating the potential future for culture in cities across the UK. The enquiry will investigate different ways that policy makers, funders, and practitioners can create an environment in which culture has the resources to flourish.

AGE UK Report on Creativity and Ageing
AGE UK has drawn on earlier research into wellbeing in later life to produce a report into the impact of culture and creativity on health and wellbeing as we age. The charity has identified access to culture as the strongest determinant of wellbeing in later life.

King’s Fund Health Podcast
The King’s Fund has launched a new monthly podcast investigating big ideas in health and social care.

New Deal on Research into Arts, Health and Wellbeing
The University of Kent and Arts Council England have signed a shared Memorandum of Understanding agreeing areas of joint working. It has three main aspects including a focus on creativity, health and wellbeing and research into the impact of culture on the health of people in Kent.

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RE:Imagined 2018 – 9 May 2018 - 25 June 2018
St George’s Hospital Gallery is hosting an exhibition of the work of 10 emerging artists asking questions about what you see around you in an unexpected way.

Soul Relics – 16 May 2018
A special story-telling event to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Soul Relics Museum presents a pop-up photo exhibition with objects and stories.

Writing for Resilience – 26 May 2018
A personal writing therapy workshop for people interested in exploring the role writing can play in building a personal strategy for resilience.

Music in Healthcare Conference – 4 June 2018
The second National Alliance for Musicians in Healthcare Conference will take place at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.

Singing for Health Conference – 7 June 2018
The National Centre for Early Music in York is hosting a day-long event of performances and participation, demonstrations and discussions, and will explore new insights provided by contemporary research into the health and wellbeing benefits of singing.

#ArtsCan Seminar: Arts, Society & Public Health – 3 July 2018
An event offering an overview of the latest research into the role of the arts on health behaviours and outcomes at a population level in the UK.

International Health Humanities Conference – 2 August 2018 - 4 August 2018
The Seventh International Health Humanities Conference will take place in Southampton with the theme of Changing Society: Community Wellbeing and Transformation.

Cultural Heritage for Mental Health – 29 and 30 November 2018
An international conference exploring different interventions utilising cultural heritage aimed at improving the wellbeing and health of people.

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Dementia and Imagination – 15, 17 and 18 May 2018
These free training workshops offer artists the chance to learn from the project Dementia and Imagination. The study devised a method of working with people with dementia using visual arts; in hospitals, community and residential care settings.

Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training – 17 May 2018
Arts 4 Dementia is running a training day designed to give arts facilitators greater understanding, increased skills and confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers.

Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes – 19 May 2018
The Metanoia Institute is offering a one day introductory workshop for writers who are interested in supporting others to write, and practitioners in the healthcare or caring professions who are curious about bringing writing into their practice.

Music Care Training – 29 and 30 May 2018
The University of Nottingham is running a series of training workshops to prepare caregivers to use music in their care practice with increased confidence and theoretical understanding.

Introducing Arts and Health for Clinicians – 21 June 2018
LAHF is running an evening introductory course for doctors, allied health professionals and nurses examining key evidence for the impact of arts and culture participation and exploring methods of evaluating arts and health practice.

MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health
Queen Mary’s London and the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine's Centre for Psychiatry are offering a new MA reflecting critically on the ways in which art and performance can be used to investigate and to engage the public with experiences of mental health and the mental health system.

Therapeutic and Reflective Writing – starts 17 September 2018
An online, 8 week course providing an introduction to therapeutic and reflective writing and the tools for using it personally or with groups, while offering an opportunity to examine your own life through creative writing.

Creative and Credible – 10 January 2019
An introductory workshop to explore key principles and methodologies for evaluating arts for health and wellbeing programmes.

Jobs and Commissions

Capturing Creativity Commission – deadline 20 May 2018
LAHF is offering a visual artist a commission to visually represent some of the events in Creativity and Wellbeing Week and offer a response to what goes on.

Programme Organiser, Learning and Education – deadline 18 May 2018
Colchester’s Firstsite is recruiting a Programme Organiser, Learning and Education to contribute to the learning programme designing and delivering activities for schools, children, families and adults.

Learning and Participation (Dance) Programme Manager – deadline 18 May 2018
Trinity Laban is seeking to appoint a highly experienced, creative and well organised Programme Manager to lead on its dance for health work and be part of an inspiring team all committed to the value of dance in education, the community and for people of all ages and abilities.

Head of Communications – deadline 18 June 2018
LAHF is recruiting a talented writer to help deliver this newsletter, the new Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance bulletin and our social media channels.


Developing your Creative Practice – deadline 16 May 2018
Arts Council England has launched a new development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners with grants of between £2,000 and £10,000.

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