LAHF Newsletter – 13th February 2019

Welcome to LAHF’s fortnightly newsletter, with all you need to know about arts, health and wellbeing! You can click on any of the headlines below to catch up on news, events and everything arts and health. The newsletter's free to all so do forward it on to any colleagues or friends you think might find it interesting.

In this issue







LAHF News 

Creativity and Wellbeing Week Brochure Deadline 

The days are finally getting longer, as well as the promise of spring we at LAHF are also getting more excited about Creativity and Wellbeing Week which is getting bigger and better this year. 

London Arts in Health Forum and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance are working together to expand Creativity and Wellbeing Week into a national event, building on its enormous success across London.

Now in its eighth year, Creativity and Wellbeing Week has grown to nearly 350 events in London in 2018, with over 35,000 people attending talks, workshops, performances, exhibitions and discussions.

LAHF will produce a brochure including all London events in the week. We are also planning a separate press and media campaign to promote events in the week. If you are planning on hosting an event in London then please note you need to submit your event by March 29 2019.  It is easy to submit events – simply click on the 'Submit an event' button on the website where you can upload details of your events.

Other News

Kings Fund  Commentary and Analysis on the NHS long-term plan

The NHS long-term plan sets out the key ambitions for the service over the next 10 years. But what opportunities and challenges does this present? And what will it mean for patients? 

London Mayor Launches Trust to Support Affordable Artist Workspaces

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a new independent trust to protect and support affordable artist workspace in the city. 

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Through Arts We Care, International Conference in Brussels - 28 March 2019

Through Art We Care Conference on February 28th in Brussels organised by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Vrije Universiteit Brussels and IN/FINITY

Call for Posters, Social Prescribing Conference - deadline 15 April 2019 

RCPsych and NHS England are delighted to host a national conference on social prescribing.  Aiming to bring together healthcare professionals across the UK who want to support the development of social prescribing. They are inviting poster submissions for the conference.

Harnessing Creative Collaboration, TestBeds conference - from March 21 2019

The conference will be considering perspectives from across arts, culture and higher education to share examples of best practice, which harness the potential of cross-sector collaboration.

Beyond Resilience: Co-designing Our Creative Futures, The Culture Capital Exchange - 14 March 2019

 This forum held at The Bluecoat, Liverpool will be a highly participative day of workshops, discussions and peer-to-peer sessions focused on organisational and personal resilience as well as resilience in the wider world

Age of Creativity Festival Launched - 1 - 31 May 2019

The Age of Creativity Festival moves to the full month of May this year.   The festival celebrates older people as creative audiences, participants, volunteers and artists across England.

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Jobs and Commissions

Job opportunity Project Co-ordinator, Arts 4 Dementia - deadline 18 February 2019 

Arts 4 Dementia invites applications for an experienced project co-ordinator, interested in the arts and a skilled communicator, to provide support for our president for the Conference “Towards Social Prescribing for Dementia” 

Job opportunity Director of Arts and Minds - deadline 28 February 2019 

Cambridge- based charity “Arts and Minds” is seeking a new Director to take the charity forward.  Arts and Minds is a leading arts and mental health charity delivering Arts on Prescription and other evidence-based arts experiences

Job Opportunity Artistic Director/ joint CEO, Spare Tyre - deadline 28 February 2019 

Our friends at Spare Tyre are seeking a new dynamic Artistic Director/joint CEO.  Spare Tyre is a leading participatory arts theatre company. The Artistic Director/joint CEO is responsible for conceiving, developing and implementing the artistic and strategic vision and mission of the company,

Artist Opportunity, Shape Arts - deadline 15 April 2019 

Shape Arts have opened submissions for their annual exhibition of artwork by disabled and non-disabled artists. The Shape Open will be hosted by Nunnery Gallery at Bow Arts

Artist Opportunity, City Arts and The Institute of Mental Health - deadline 3 May 2019

City Arts and the the Institute of Mental Health are looking for submissions of artwork inspired by mental illness, or created by artists living with mental health issues. For their 2019 open summer exhibition they are asking artists to respond to the theme “Uncertainty and the Unknown”.


Understanding Wellbeing research funding opportunity - deadline 31 March 2019

Applications are invited for projects up to £300k. The Centre is interested in projects that answer policy and practice relevant questions on wellbeing, exploring what works to improve (or worsen) wellbeing in different contexts, through different mechanisms and for different people.

Education and training

Arts Therapies Skills in Dementia Care - 3 April 2019

This learning experience will give an insight into the process and understanding of arts therapy to enable a fuller arts engagement with people who have a diagnosis of dementia

The Many Faces of Dementia, free online course - 18 February 2019

In this free online course, you’ll gain a unique insight into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses.

Professional Development, Create Your Own Work - 22-23 March 2019

Two days of workshops and the first day will focus on Vision into Action This course will include: Creative visioning and action planning, looking at the practical steps for creating work, applying for funding and how to market your project

Moving into Maturity, 2 day professional development course from Green Candle - 8-9 April 2019 

Green Candle Dance Company are holding their Moving into Maturity workshop from 8-9th April 2019. Booking is now open for this two day introductory course in leading dance for older people and dance & dementia. 

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New wellbeing evidence knowledge bank

Over the past three years, the What Works Wellbeing Centre has completed 16 systematic reviews on wellbeing and: culture and sport, work and learning and community wellbeing.To make the evidence more accessible, they've pulled the key findings and relevant information into a knowledge bank

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