South West

Research Associate, Willis Newson – deadline 31 August 2014

Willis Newson is about to embark on a one year ESRC funded knowledge transfer programme with UWE and is seeking to appoint a research associate / an experienced evaluation researcher to work with them. The project will seek to review, create and develop evaluation capacity and resources for the arts and health sector and is due to start at the end of August.

The post is advertised as 0.55 FTE but can be flexible. The salary range is £39,661 - £40,006 pro rata. It is based in Bristol.  More information about the project is attached.

Project Manager: Arts and Cultural Commissioning across NHS Gloucestershire – deadline 5 September 2014

NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Create Gloucestershire are looking for an exceptional project manager to work with them and key local authority partners to realize a radical vision for how arts and culture are commissioned to improve health and well-being outcomes across Gloucestershire.

co|Create Programme Manager, Creativity Works, South West – deadline 18 August 2014

Following the news of continued Arts Council England NPO funding for 2015-18, Creativity Works plan to re-launch their co|Create Artists development programme as a series of regular events, training opportunities and debate in Socially Engaged Art, with a national ambition. To head up this revitalised phase of their work, they are looking for a co|Create Programme Manager with organisational and creative leadership skills and experience of supporting the work of artists.

Key areas of responsibility will be:

A Right Old Song and Dance

Dorset County Hospital has published an evaluation of a project which brought a storyteller and a musician together with patients with dementia.

Arts & Health in Wiltshire – 30 September 2014

Wiltshire Council’s Public Health and Arts Development services are mounting a conference to explore the contribution that cultural activities play within the health and well-being agenda.

Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators – 30 April and 2 May 2014

Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators, Bristol Old Vic, Wednesday 30 April, 10:00 – 17:00
Information and registration: Cost: £95.

Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators, Royal Opera House, London, Friday 2 May, 10:00 – 17:00
Information and registration: Cost: £85.  

Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) courses offer an introduction to the ways in which literature may be used to assist those experiencing life problems. The Courses are available as post-graduate qualificationsin Bristol and London validated by Middlesex University, offering the option of a one year part-time non-clinical PGCert, or non-clinical PGDip on completion of a further part-time year. Participants then have the option to complete a research dissertation and obtain an MSc award.

Arts and art therapies – 26 March 2014

A day-long conference event is being mounted by the Birmingham Centre for Art Therapy to discuss similarities and differences between therapy and therapeutic approaches in arts and health practice. ‘Mapping the Fields’ will include speakers from arts and health projects and arts therapists, who will look at best current practice and the role the arts can play in positive mental health and wellbeing for people of all ages.

Creative writing and reflective practice

The Orchard Foundation is running a series of short courses exploring the impact of creative writing on psychological wellbeing. The courses offer confidence-building writing approaches, with advice on ways to explore themes and find how exercises could be used with others.

Next courses:

15-16 February in Birmingham - Level 1

12-13 April in London – Level 2

14-15 June in Bristol - Level 3

Cost £140 for 2-day weekend course (£150 London). Early bird discounts available.

Arts and Health Training Courses – February – April 2014

In 2014, Bristol-based Willis Newson is running several professional development courses in arts and health. The programmes are open to project and programme managers working in the field of arts and health or arts and wellbeing, as well as artists, arts practitioners and creative professionals currently working in, or seeking to develop their practice in, arts, health and social care.


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