Talks and discussions

Art & Mental Health with Christopher Bailey from WHO – 30 June 2021

The Arts and Health Lead at the World Health Organization will introduce his newly established program that looks at the research agenda around the health benefits of the arts, in everyday life as well as an instrument in the field.

The program sets the research agenda, working with local communities and global media on promoting good health through and with the performing arts.

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Mental health and the joy of creativity, with Arlo Parks – 3 June 2021

BRIT-award winning singer-songwriter Arlo Parks has curated a panel for The Guardian Live to explore the overwhelmingly positive relationship between creativity and mental health. Cecilia Knapp, Young People's Laureate for London, and JJ Tatten, CEO of The Warren Youth Project in Hull, will join Arlo to discuss how young people can access the benefits of the arts.

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Neurophototherapy: Sonia Boué and Jennifer Gilbert in conversation – 18 June 2021

To mark World Autistic Pride Day, Disability Arts Online are hosting Sonia and Jennifer in conversation about Sonia's Neurophototherapy Project that explores the use of photography and collage to recover from a lifetime of identification with the wrong neurological-type.

The project includes a new online exhibition of photo-collages and text called Origin Story and Sonia’s forthcoming guide to Neurophototherapy practice.

The event will feauture BSL interpretation, captions and integrated audio description, and there will be time for live questions at the end.

Thriving Communities webinar: Heritage and Social Prescribing – 9 June 2021

This free webinar, hosted by the National Academy for Social Prescribing, will explore how connecting with heritage and the historic environment can improve our wellbeing, how heritage can be used in social prescribing to increase people’s health and wellbeing and how heritage can work with other sectors.

Speakers will include Dr Desi Gradinarova and Dr Linda Monckton from Historic England, Helen Shearn, a consultant in arts, heritage, health and wellbeing and Jane Brooke from East Kent Mencap.

Enabling creativity in a restricted regime – 8 June 2021

Clinks are launching their new guide, Creativity in a restricted regime: a guide for prison staffat an event supported by the Rothschild Foundation. Policy experts and speakers from voluntary and arts organisations and HM Prison and Probation Service will provide their perspective on enabling creativity in prisons throughout Covid-19. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.

The Role of Culture in the Health & Wellbeing of Young People – 9 June 2021

Following on from their event on older people, this Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland event will discuss the role of arts and culture in the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Bringing together a range of arts and health practitioners, the event will discuss the impact and issues but also look forward at the role of arts in recovering and reshaping the future.

How culture and creativity can support changes to the Mental Health Act – 17 May 2021

This webinar follows the closure of the government consultation on Reforming the Mental Health Act (MHA) on 21 April. Ben Spencer MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, will chair a roundtable discussion to explore how culture and creativity can support the four principles on which the proposed reforms to the MHA are based. They aim to place people at the centre of decisions about their own care and ensure everyone is treated equally.

Creative Ageing Forum - Older people and arts, health and wellbeing – 17 June 2021

Following interest from its members, Leeds Arts Health and Wellbeing Network has launched a forum to explore Creative Ageing. Join this meeting to explore how Leeds is becoming an age-friendly city and hear examples of great practice happening in the region.

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Loneliness in the time of Covid. Have we got a fuller picture? – 25 May 2021

Researchers from the Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health Research Network, the Closing the Gap Network and the MARCH Network are coming together for a webinar to impart what they have learnt about loneliness in the UK during the pandemic, based on their latest, separate studies.

With Age, Art and Life Become One – 19 May 2021

The removal of much appreciated activities, human contact and services during Covid-19 has taken its toll physically, mentally and spiritually on our older population. How have arts and culture interventions made a difference during these difficult days, what challenges have been faced, and how can the lessons learned help shape the recovery and renewal of services for the future?

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