East Midlands

Acting Out Nottingham 2015, artist residency – deadline 20 March 2015

Midlands-based artists are invited to express interest in a residency with Rampton secure psychiatric hospital.

Dreams: Hurt, Hope & Happiness – deadline 10 April 2015

Nottingham’s City Arts has issued a call for artwork which explores the boundaries between the hidden and the obvious, the conscious and the unconscious. The Institute of Mental Health Open Exhibition will run from 12 May 2015.

Be Reflective

West Midlands Arts Health and Wellbeing has produced a tool aimed at helping experienced artists to develop strategies for achieving quality in arts and health projects.

Madlove workshops – 7 October 2014

Madlove, a new project which aims to challenge orthodoxies of thinking about mental health environments, is planning a series of workshops to question what would make for spaces for people experiencing mental distress.

The workshops will take place across the country through the autumn and are open to people with experience of the mental health system and those with an interest in how mental health facilities could be better designed. Dates for workshops are:

Applications of Drama

Birmingham’s Newman University has published a report looking at the different ways it is exploring the ways drama can be applied in health and wellbeing settings.

Taking the Lead report and toolkit

Arts Derbyshire, through its programme of Arts, Health & Wellbeing work, has completed a project entitled Taking the Lead. This involved work with three groups of young Derbyshire musicians to develop their musical and leadership skills in care settings in their community.

Call for Freelance Artists for the Imagine project – deadline 1 September 2014

City Arts are seeking 3 artists to run a 10 week programme using iPads to inspire creativity in Care Home residents across Nottingham. There is a specific focus on individuals living with dementia. The aim is to inspire creativity for individuals living with dementia and older people in residential care, enhance their ability to communicate digitally, raise their curiosity about digital technology and overall engagement in the arts. Artists will be working closely with older people, their families and care staff.

Public art work commissions in Derby – deadline 2 June 2014

The Nightingale Macmillan Unit at Royal Derby Hospital is commissioning public art work to enhance the approach and welcome to the public entrance for Cancer Services at Royal Derby Hospital. It is imagined that this would compose of two commissions: one to provide an external way finding beacon and enhance the approach, while the other would enhance the welcome at the entrance foyer and patient drop off/pick up point.

Dance activities with older people – 3 May 2014

Birmingham Royal Ballet is hosting a two day certificated weekend intensive course for dancers, activity leaders and other practitioners who want to gain skills, knowledge and experience in leading dance activities with older people.

Creativity in Care

Nottingham’s City Arts has published an evaluation of its Creativity in Care programme. It highlights key learning from the project, which included an artist’s residency, mentoring for activity co-ordinators and several training events. 

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