LAHF Newsletter – 14 November 2018

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.

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In a speech at the King’s Fund on 6 November, Matt Hancock focused heavily on the role of creativity and culture in social prescribing and across the health spectrum. Acknowledging the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, he said: "We should value the arts and social activities because they’re essential to our health and wellbeing ... It’s scientifically proven. Access to the arts and social activities improves people’s mental and physical health. It makes us happier and healthier."

Survey for creative practitioners: what support do you get?

Researchers at Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University are looking for individuals who are creative practitioners working in participatory arts for health and wellbeing.

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Big Change series: place, children and young people – 20 November 2018

The Big Change is a series of free events for London’s cultural sector. This session will consider the role of place and strategic partnerships across London in children and young people’s outcomes and development.

Music and Mind, Free Space Project – 30 November 2018

This evening event will feature a mix of European classical and Indian music performed by Kuljit Bhamra and the Alkyona String Quartet, readings, spoken word and scientific research.

Sing to Live annual Winter Concert – 2 December 2018

Sing to Live, Live to Sing is a singing for health and wellbeing programme initiated by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) Council’s Arts Service in partnership with Public Health.

Moving Pieces workshop: Love and Loss – 8 and 9 December 2018

This weekend workshop in Bermondsey will explore creative and embodied ways of sharing experiences of love and loss through body-based work, performance and storytelling.

Salutogenic Hospital Design and Urban Health International Symposium, Milan – 28-31 March 2019

The Salutogenic Hospital Design and Urban Health International Symposium will be held in Milan 28-31 March 2019 at Politecnico di Milano.

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Jobs and commissions

Turner Contemporary is inviting applications for a collaboration with families with pre-school children, exploring life by the sea, often in disadvantaged areas.

Battersea Arts Centre CEO/artistic director – deadline 26 November 2018
This appointment follows a 12-year project to open up Battersea Arts Centre’s building. The new Artistic Director/CEO will need to lead BAC to inspire creative risk.

Museum of Brands, Community Development Officer – deadline 26 November 2018
The Community Development Officer will lead a team-member and volunteers to help people with dementia, their carers, and a wider 65+ audience to engage with the collection.

Kazzum Arts Project Support Officer – deadline 28 November 2018

Kazzum Arts provides opportunities for children and young people to explore creativity at times in their lives when they are most in need of support.


This fellowship programme provides training in brain health, leadership and dementia prevention to upcoming leaders in medicine, science, business, law, social science, journalism and the arts.

Education and training

Arts 4 Dementia early-stage dementia awareness training – 17 December 2018

The day aims to give arts facilitators greater understanding, increased skills and confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers.


The course offers a specialist opportunity for musicians to develop a toolkit to run a singing group for people with Parkinson's and their carers.


Sign up to 64 Million Artists' January Challenge

Each day in January 64 Million Artists will send out a short creative challenge which takes 5 or 10 minutes to complete. Last year 7,500 people signed up.

Researcher seeking dementia carers for London study

Mah Rana (Birkbeck College) is looking for dementia carers for a ‘crafting together’ study involving 3-4 hours over two non-consecutive days between now and the end of 2019.

Call for unheard cancer stories

Fruit Fly Collective (a small arts and health organisation) have teamed up with Macmillan to create a series of magazines to support those people who feel alone after their cancer diagnosis.

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APPG press release on social prescribing, culture and health

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing has created a press release that brings together case studies from arts-on-prescription schemes and quotes from the Secretary of State's recent speech on social prescribing and the cultural sector.

Summary of evidence on wellbeing and sporting/cultural activities

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing details the key findings from NatCen social research around cultural and sports participation between 2010 and 2015.

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