LAHF Newsletter – 28 November 2018

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Creativity and Wellbeing Week goes national!

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, with over 35,000 people attending events this year. Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2019 will run from 10-16 June 2019. We are encouraging individuals and organisations working with creativity and culture in relation to health and wellbeing across the country to submit public events to the website.



New research and practice network for music and health

Music for Healthy Lives has been established by Nordoff Robbins and the University of Leeds. It seeks to develop the evidence base and help connect music practitioners to healthcare providers.

Arts Council England research report on health, wellbeing and criminal justice published

ACE has produced a new comprehensive report to support the process of developing its ten-year strategy. The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance has also published guidance for responding to the strategy.


The report presents evidence on the benefits of music to people living and working in care - describing it as 'essential' to best practice. It also contains practical guidance about how music can be introduced affordably and sustainably.

Studio Upstairs celebrates 30 years

Studio Upstairs was founded in 1988 for people moving out of the psychiatric health system, by providing a supportive community-based environment where members can communicate their experiences through making art. The 30-year anniversary is being marked by an exhibition in Hackney.

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Arts and Health South West annual conference, Bristol – 13-14 December 2018

The AHSW conference will focus on diversity and inclusion in arts and health. This event is designed for anyone with an interest in arts and health.

Bethlem Art Fair – until 21 December 2018

Bethlem Gallery’s 10th annual open exhibition will showcase work by over 80 artists connected to South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

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Jobs and commissions

Two posts with Clean Break – deadlines 4 and 10 December 2018

Clean Break theatre company is looking for a Creative Associate, and an Engagement Producer - supporting artistic development and philanthropy respectively.


Business Development Manager, Irene Taylor Trust – deadline 4 December 2018

The Irene Taylor Trust brings creativity, life-skills and artistic excellence to some of the most disadvantaged people in the UK.


This part-time maternity cover post will be based in London starting on 29 January 2019.

Research and development consultants, Drake Music – deadline 9 December 2018

Drake Music is looking for creative consultants / thought leaders to bring new perspectives and diverse networks to its work. DM particularly welcomes proposals from disabled practitioners, or groups which include disabled members.

Outside In artist residency CGP London – deadline 10 December 2018

Applications are now open for 'Park Life', for artists based in Greater London. The residency has been developed collaboratively by Outside In, the Bethlem Gallery and CGP London.

Communications and engagement coordinator, Breathe Arts Health Research – deadline 12 December 2018

This new role will support the performing arts team to further embed their programme into Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and the broader arts and health sector.

Projects Manager, Resonate Arts – deadline 3 January 2019

Resonate Arts is looking for a Projects Manager to manage arts projects with people living with a dementia and further develop its programme in Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea.

Training and education

New Aesop course at Canterbury Christ Church University

This new accredited course for arts professionals hoping to devise health programmes will be based in Folkestone and Canterbury from May 2019.


Musica Music and Wellbeing CIC have launched online training for care homes to use meaningful music activities and personalised playlists for residents with dementia.

Creative Bridges International will showcase research and practice in the fields of words for wellbeing and Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP).

Nominate for the national Creative Learning Awards – deadline 14 December 2018

The Creative Learning Guild Awards 2018 recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation in creative learning in all stages of formal education.

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Sounding Out is a comprehensive resource to support music leaders and school teachers who work with deaf children, and draws on experiences and learning from across a 3-year programme in specialist schools for deaf children funded by Youth Music.

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