LAHF Newsletter – 19 September 2018

Welcome to LAHF’s second September newsletter with lots of opportunities and news about creativity, health, wellbeing and culture. Scroll down for jobs, funding news and an update from the organisation. You can click on any of the stories to find out more. Do share the newsletter and encourage others to sign up – it’s free!

In this issue


Join the debate: LAHF Blog
If you’ve not yet read or commented on any of our new series of blogs, we’d love you to take part in the conversation. A series of ten challenging new blogs are being published, once a day, tackling the big questions around our work in arts and health.


Launch of MARCH network
UK Research and Innovation has funded a major new research programme led by Dr Daisy Fancourt to look at the relationship between social, cultural and community assets – including the arts, heritage sites, libraries, parks, allotments, volunteer associations and community groups – and mental health.

Complete Arts Professional’s survey to help improve equality and diversity
Arts professional are conducting a survey of pay in the cultural sector with a view to creating a comprehensive evidence that supports efforts to increase equality and diversity in the sector.

Get more involved with NICE
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has set up new ways of taking part in their work to improve health and social care, including registering as a stakeholder, joining a "Citizens Council", or becoming a "NICE Fellow". The new structures will give members of the public and organisations access to consultations, guidance and committees.

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Stroke Odysseys performance and workshops, Eastleigh – 3-5 October 2018
This new production from choreographer Ben Duke and composer Orlando Gough, based on a residency with Rosetta Life, will be accompanied by a series of workshops for dance practitioners and health professionals.
Evening course: Perceptions of Self and Other, Shoreditch – 4 & 11 October 2018
This CPD-certified, creative course explores our perceptions of self and how these can be reframed to support healthy and positive personal and professional development.

Activating Communities for Health: London, Warrington and Cardiff – 4, 9 & 23 October 2018
Spice is hosting three events to explore community participation and resilience in the voluntary sector, in relation to public health strategies.
Debate: How can art create a less violent society? – 5 October 2018
This year's National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance annual Anne Peaker debate will focus on art and violence.

Armchair Gallery training: Art, technology and older people – 15 October 2018
This training offers a first look at Armchair Gallery – a forthcoming app created by City Arts Nottingham, designed for older people, to bring art and culture into the home.
Representing the body: art, physiology and pathology, UCL – 15-26 October 2018
This new exhibition of artwork was created in collaboration with the departments of neuroscience and of English literature at UCL.

Webinar: Music changes young lives and minds – 18 October 2018
This Arts Award webinar is aimed at primary and secondary school music teachers, heads of department, head teachers, peripatetic teachers and music leaders, and parents and carers.

Read Write Express: Writing for Wellbeing workshops, SE3 – 10 October & 14 November 2018
The workshops combine short writing exercises, breathing spaces and written, visual and tactile resources.

Two poetry workshops with Charmaine Pollard, London – 19 & 27 October 2018
The emphasis of these groups is on self-discovery and self-improvement - no prior experience or knowledge of writing poetry is required. 
I'm Still Here exhibition, London – until 4 November 2018
I'm Still Here is the Koestler Trust’s eleventh exhibition in partnership with Southbank Centre; this year’s work has been selected by the families of current prisoners.

Collaborative approaches to music and wellbeing research, Leeds – 9-10 November 2018
This two-day conference aims to explore the diverse ways in which researchers and practitioners work together to enhance our understanding and practice around music in health and therapeutic contexts.

Our Future Likes exhibition, Bethlem Gallery – until 16 November 2018
Our Future Likes explores on- and off-line lives, and the impact of the internet on our mental health; it includes artists and young people taking steps to explore how we can make the internet a more positive and contemplative space.

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Jobs and commissions
Membership and Events Assistant, BAAT – deadline 24 September 2018
The British Association of Art Therapists is looking for an administrative assistant with IT skills to join its small team.
Head of Arts, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – deadline 27 September 2018
CUH is seeking a new head of arts to for this well-established NHS arts programme that reaches almost a million patients, staff and visitors every year at Addenbrooke's and the Rosie hospitals in Cambridge.

National Loans Coordinator, Paintings in Hospitals – deadline 2 October 2018
Paintings in Hospitals is looking for a skilled and knowledgeable loans coordinator with at least two years’ experience of loans administration and database management.
Studios Administrator and Producer, Clean Break – deadlines 3 and 15 October 2018
Clean Break theatre company is advertising two London-based roles to support its work with women with experience of criminal justice.

Events coordinator/administrator: Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Leeds – deadline 12 October 2018
The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is seeking an events coordinator / administrator to support this young organisation’s development over the next 12 months.
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Arts Grants Scheme – deadline 1 November 2018
RBKC is now accepting applications within the borough for grants of up to £3,000 for projects starting on or after 1 December 2018.

Nominations sought for Museums Change Lives Award – deadline 8 October 2018
This inaugural award recognises a project that best reflects one or more themes of the Museum Association's Museums Change Lives campaign: Promoting Health and Wellbeing; Creating Better Places; and Inspiring Engagement, Reflection and Debate.

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What does success look like for arts in criminal justice settings?
This new paper from the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance is the result of roundtable discussions commissioned by Arts Council England, and attended by leading voices in arts and criminal justice.

Aesop/BOP Active Ingredients report
Aesop and BOP Consulting have published a new approach for practitioners and commissioners in the arts and social sectors to help us understand more about how arts interventions actually work.
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