Lateral Thinking, the value of collaboration between the arts, health and environment – 9 April 2015

This conference will show work commissioned by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and explore opportunities to develop creative-led social and environmental initiatives within the healthcare setting.

Approaches to the design and delivery of therapeutic environments increasingly integrates cultural practices within health, and the conference aims to ask what’s next?


Developing the Evidence – 14 March 2015

Nordoff Robbins is running two one-day courses in monitoring and evaluation methods for arts therapies and arts in health practitioners.

The first of these is at Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, Edinburgh EH9 1TQ on Saturday 14 March 2015 and the second on Saturday 13th June, Bournemouth Library, Bournemouth BH2 5RQ

Graphics and design commission – deadline 30 January 2015

NHS Ayrshire and Arran is seeking an artist/designer or illustrator to develop three bespoke graphic design interventions for a new hospital.

The outputs will need to mesh with the wayfinding and interior strategy of the new hospital. It is expected the selected artist/designer will work closely with the existing design team, building contractor, and their suppliers, as appropriate.

Project One: Reception Desk frontage 

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:

International Writing Award – deadline 25 July 2014

The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival International Writing Competition 2014, led by Bipolar Scotland is seeking entries. Five categories are available: Poetry; Short Story; Diary/Blog; Newspaper Article; and Letter. The theme for the Festival and also the competition is “Power” and this can be interpreted in any way. The competition launched on Wednesday 19th March 2014 and will close on Friday 25th July 2014.

Keeping it Live ‘– Development of a new Cultural Economy for Glasgow Hospitals - deadline 7 October 2013

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Arts and Health Improvement working with partners Glasgow Life/Glasgow Arts and Ginkgo is seeking to contract a team of expert consultants to assist with the exploration and development of new thinking which will underpin and sustain visual and performing arts ‘Live Arts’ activity and events across Glasgow Hospitals.

Scottish Government report into culture and health

A detailed study carried out by Scottish Government analysts has charted a direct correlation between participation in culture and improved health. Based on the annual Scottish Household Survey, ‘Healthy Attendance? The Impact of Cultural Engagement and Sports Participation on Health and Satisfaction with Life’, is an in-depth study of the whole population. Published in August , it found that those who participate in culture or attend cultural places or events are more likely to report good health and life satisfaction that those who do not.

Carnegie UK Trust report calls on Scottish Government to legislate on wellbeing

Carnegie UK Trust, has launched a new report ‘Shifting the Dial in Scotland’ which looks at how wellbeing is measured in Scotland. This latest work looks at what needs to be done to embed wellbeing into Scottish government policies. Its key recommendation calls on the Scottish Government to legislate to embed the National Performance Framework to ensure that wellbeing is at the heart of all government policy.

Performing Medicine Open Programme, Clod Ensemble – July and August 2013

Clod Ensemble’s summer open programme events in London and Edinburgh include the opportunity to draw anatomy in the Hunterian Museum and after hours access to the Leonardo exhibition at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Anatomical Art
Led by artist Sarah Simblet and anatomist Susan Standring, this workshop will investigate the intricate structure of the human skeleton through drawing. Including practical instruction in techniques and an opportunity to be inspired by the Hunterian Museum’s vast anatomical collection. Suitable for beginners.

North Ayrshire Community Hospital Arts Co-ordinator – deadline 17 May 2013

Fixed fee commission of £30k to deliver an Art Procurement Framework, to project completion in Spring 2016.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran are redeveloping the Ayrshire Central Hospital site in Irvine, North Ayrshire. A significant component of this redevelopment is a circa £47m new build project, re-providing 206 beds across a range of clinical specialism’s, including adult mental health; care of the elderly; and a range of clinical support services.


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