LAHF Newsletter – 3 October 2018

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In this issue



Supervision and Support - A collation of questions, finding and resources
London Arts in Health Forum's new report summarises its recent Supervision and Support event, which brought together a panel of artists, researchers and therapists to explore what might help artists working in health and care to avoid burnout, stress and emotional trauma.

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Personal wellbeing figures show variation across UK
The Office of National Statistics has published new estimates for life satisfaction, our sense that the things done in life are worthwhile, and our happiness and anxiety. Compared with other countries in the UK, people in Northern Ireland continue to report better average ratings across all personal wellbeing measures.

Sharp rise in mental health problems in young people
The proportion of young people reporting long-term mental health problems in England rose by six times between 1995 and 2014; those with the largest increase were aged 16 to 24. Findings stem from a UK-wide research collaboration that gathered data from over 140,000 people aged 4 to 24. 

Arts charities struggle with short-term, fixed-level funding
A new review by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation suggests that short-term funding is impacting arts charities' ability to plan, and also points out the impact of statutory grants that stay at the same level, failing to keep up with demand for services or inflation.

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House of Bread: Inside Bethlem Hospital – from 26 September 2018
In this solo show, artist-photographer Mark Neville documents the everyday life of Bethlem Royal Hospital, the oldest residential psychiatric treatment facility in the UK.

Libraries Week – 8-13 October 2018
Libraries Week this year focuses on wellbeing and will showcase how libraries bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support mental health. 
Royal Brompton Hospital Silver Sunday Fun Palace – 7 October 2018
The Fun Palace afternoon celebrates age, and includes a range of activities to try out, such as Singing for Breathing, DanceWell, crafts and virtual reality. 

(In)visible exhibition, Bethnal Green – 9-14 October 2018
(In)visible brings together an international group of artists whose work is concerned with self-expression, communication and therapeutic release; it has been curated to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

Trinity Laban/MU teachers professional development weekend – 27-28 October 2018
Designed for music education specialists, arts practitioners and teachers the weekend includes health-related sessions on music in dementia settings, building mental health resilience and inclusive music making.

Stories from the Body – 29 October-17 December 2018
This Moving Pieces workshop series is an opportunity to connect to your own body, using mask work, improvisation, guided visualisation and performance. 

Thoughts and Utterances, Jennifer Lauren Gallery – 25-28 October 2018
The Jennifer Lauren Gallery champions and exhibits self-taught and overlooked artists who create works outside the mainstream art world and art history. 

BAME Women's Mental Health Series, Brick Lane Gallery – until 7 October 2018
Mala Vadgama explores mental health within the BAME community of women, focusing on individual narratives around areas such as eating disorders, loss and depression. 

When Swallows Return, Free Space Project – 30 October-20 December 2018
An exhibition of sculptures, collages and prints by Julia Mason focuses on the effects of stroke, referencing stroke survivors’ own experiences.
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Jobs and commissions
Music coordinator, Arts@StAndrew’s, Northampton – deadline 7 October 2018
St Andrew’s mental healthcare charity is seeking a music coordinator to deliver a creative, varied and patient-centred music programme. 
MARCH Network: postdoc researcher and network coordinator – deadlines 8 and 15 October 2018
The MARCH Network will focus on how social, cultural and community assets affect mental health in the UK.

Gallery Manager, The Heart of the Matter – deadline 12 October 2018
Gallery Manager for a temporary contract to oversee the running of The Heart of the Matter exhibition at Copeland Gallery in Peckham, 1-11 November.

Magic Me project coordinator – deadline 15 October 2018
Magic Me is hiring a project coordinator for its Schools and Community programme, providing administrative and practical support for artists, staff, volunteers and project participants. 

Workshop facilitators, Royal Brompton & Harefield Arts – deadline 17 October 2018
rb&hArts is looking for 12 different artists/ workshops facilitators to run one-off arts or craft sessions as part of its Crafternoons series, particularly unique arts, crafts and activities that will inspire creativity. 
Project coordinator, Think22, Shoreditch – deadline 28 October 2018
Drake Music is seeking a part-time Project Coordinator for a its music education initiative, Think22, to manage programme logistics, coordinating day-to-day delivery, gathering data, and contributing to project reporting and communications.
Facing Death Creatively conference – 9 November 2018
This one-day conference at St Christopher's Hospice is themed around art and art therapies in the age of austerity. The keynote speaker will be participatory arts critical theorist Chrissie Tiller.

GLYPT drama programme volunteers, Forest Hill and Woolwich
GLYPT are looking for Volunteer Support Tutors for Whatever Makes You Happy, a drama programme for young people who have or are at risk of developing mental ill health. 

Cardboard Citizens Theatre of the Oppressed training courses – November & December 2018
These London-based courses are based on participatory "forum theatre" methodologies, and led by Adrian Jackson, Augusto Boal's translator and the founder of Cardboard Citizens.

Sing to Beat Parkinson's training, Derby – 3 November 2018
An opportunity for musicians and emerging artists to develop specialist knowledge to run a singing group for people with Parkinson’s and associated conditions, as well as their carers and family members.
Beyond Resistance creative arts training course, London – 16 November 2018
A practical, hands-on course on the challenges involved in working with groups in prisons, hospitals, probation centres, youth clubs, pupil referral units and holiday schemes.            

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The Arts in Prison: Special edition of the Prison Service Journal
The 239th issue of the HM Prison Service’s peer-reviewed journal is a Special Edition on Arts in Prison edited by Dr Michael Fiddler and National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance steering group member Alli Black. 

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