North East

Breaking Out of the Temples of Culture – 26th November 2014

Edgehill University is hosting a symposium focusing on community-based cultural activities aimed at generating social capital and improving health and wellbeing. A range of speakers will explore the links between cultural value and social capital.

A fundamental aim of the symposium will be to create ample space for discussion, knowledge exchange and possible future collaboration. It will be of interest to all individuals and organisations working in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing.

Keynote Speakers:

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:

Chief Executive Officer Designate, Hoot Creative Arts, North East – deadline 22 August 2014

Hoot Creative Arts is looking to appoint a CEO Designate to work alongside its current founder and CEO to steer the organisation into the future. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will take the reins as CEO from 2016 onwards.

Based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and working across the North East, Hoot runs a wide range of creative groups and activities for people with mental health needs, older people, people in prisons or special hospitals, and a range of vulnerable groups and communities.

Call for expressions of interest, Arts in Health & Wellbeing Projects, Hull – deadline 29 August 2014

Hull City Council invites expressions of interest from artists for creative projects in any artform or multiple artforms, working with people aged 45+, people with physical and/or mental health conditions and their family carers. The overall aims of the project seek to use creative activity to have a positive impact on quality of life; access and participation; increasing skill and creativity; increasing physical and mental wellbeing, and addressing issues of isolation.

Developing the Evidence – 10 October 2014

Nordoff Robbins is running a hands-on workshop for evaluating Arts Therapies and Arts & Health practices.

This intensive workshop is designed for arts therapists and arts and health professionals and students who need to develop practical skills in how to monitor and evaluate their services. Led by the authors of A Guide to Evaluation for Arts Therapists and Arts & Health Practitioners, this workshop provides a step-by-step approach to service evaluation including the following main phases:

Museums and health – 25 March 2014

The Museums Association is holding a seminar to explore the ways in which museums can contribute to health and wellbeing. Hosted at The Discovery Centre in Newcastle, will examine funding opportunities and look at research and evaluation of wellbeing programmes in museums.


Offender Arts – 15 November 2013

The BALTIC in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear is hosting an ESRC Seminar to consider how offender participants’ work is exhibited, performed, published and publicised. It will showcase strategies used by organisations in publicising work to the wider public. The impact of feedback on incarcerated artists and performers will be widely debated and the link between media attention and changes in policy making will be discussed.

Community Artist, Newcastle City Council Arts Development Team – deadline 21 June 2013

Newcastle Arts Development team, Culture and Creativity Advisor and the Healthy Schools team are interested in developing an art project linked to the Healthy Schools Plus programme currently running within the city.

The intention is to pilot a creative project with three primary schools in the Inner West area of the city that would engage children in a creative programme of development linked to improving their health and well being in relation to the healthy weight agenda.

Business & Data Manager SE Northumberland Creative People&Places, Woodhorn Charitable Trust – deadline 3 June 2013

This project has been awarded over £2.4milllion from Arts Council England towards an ambitious plan which aims to make a sustainable change to the way that people in South East Northumberland experience and create great art.

The programme aims to involve local people in commissioning artists from all over the world and find out more about how art can play a significant role in improving health and wellbeing and creating social energy within communities, as well as creating new spaces for people to experience art and support artists already living and working in the area.

Everyone Deserves Music – community music symposium, Gateshead – 13&14 May 2013

The Sage Gateshead, together with Soundsense is hosting its first Community Music Symposium to look at the challenges facing community music provision in the current economic climate. The symposium will examine the role of musicians in community settings and changes to the pedagogy for music education as well as exploring international approaches to community music practice.



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