LAHF Newsletter – 5 September 2018

Welcome to LAHF’s 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



Facing the Future
To kick-start the autumn, LAHF has commissioned a series of blogs about the future of arts and health which we will be publishing daily over the next two weeks. The blogs, from leading practitioners working across the spectrum of creativity and wellbeing, ask where this work is heading and what challenges and opportunities might open up in the year ahead. The blog series will begin on Monday 10 September and a new blog will be published each weekday until 21 September. Blogs will appear here and we hope you will enjoy them, comment and share as we initiate a conversation about arts and health which will directly influence our work over the next few months.

We're looking for a new Director – deadline 10 September 2018
After 15 years establishing the organisation as a leading voice for the role of creativity in wellbeing, LAHF’s founder Director Damian Hebron is moving on and the organisation is seeking an inspiring leader to develop and deliver its future.

LAHF Discussion: Supervision and support for artists – 18 September 2018
London Arts in Health Forum is hosting a discussion event to explore the need for support for artists own health and wellbeing when they are delivering arts and health activity.


London Mayor pushes to keep artists in London
Sadiq Khan has called on developers and London boroughs to support the capital’s creative practitioners. The number of spaces available to artists shows signs of stabilising, but in the context of a long-term shortage of affordable workspaces, and rising rents in the capital.

ACE reports fall in attendance at London visitor attractions
Arts Council England's latest figures suggest that visits to its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) in London declined by 17 million between 2015/16 and 2016/17. ACE says the closure of the Southbank Centre's Hayward gallery for refurbishment was partly responsible for the fall in visits. 

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Bobby Baker’s Great & Tiny War, Newcastle – from 7 September 2018
Bobby Baker's latest work focuses on her own family history and the domestic experiences of women during the First World War – in the form of an immersive multimedia installation in a terraced Newcastle house.

"I Want to Live" workshops, Kentish Town – 13 September-4 October 2018
This series of four workshops will use a variety of creative techniques to support those who have been suicidal or attempted suicide, or lost family or friends to suicide.

SEND Network Conference, National Gallery – 15 September 2018
The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Network conference will explore creative approaches to interpreting museums, galleries, and heritage sites for visitors with special educational needs and disabilities.

Created Out of Mind Short Film Festival – 23 September 2018
The festival programme features diverse stories of dementia and is hosted in Britain's oldest running single-screen cinema.

Move Dance Feel weekly sessions – from 24 September 2018
Move Dance Feel is offering free weekly dance sessions for women affected by cancer (including those who are supporting someone with cancer). 
Musical conversations in dementia care – 26 September 2018
The course will support existing practitioners and also be of benefit to those with no previous musical experience.

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Jobs and commissions
Temporary Art Collection Manager, Vital Arts – deadline 10 September 2018
Vital Arts at Barts Health NHS Trust is seeking a temporary Art Collection Manager with technical arts experience to help maintain and repair some commissions at the Royal London Hospital.
Interim General Manager, East London Dance – deadline 12 September 2018
East London Dance is seeking an Interim General Manager to provide adoption leave cover on a six-month fixed-term contract.  

Partnerships and Influencing Manager, Calouste Gulbenkian – deadline 17 September 2018
A new manager is sought for a joint programme between the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and The Centre for Ageing Better, to facilitate collaborative working across the organisations.

Musical Inclusion Manager, Drake Music – deadline 19 September 2018
Drake Music are seeking a music leader and project manager to work across Drake Music’s Learning & Participation and Training initiatives.

Creative Director, Community Arts North West – deadline 20 September
Community Arts North West (CAN) works with participatory arts, migration and social change. The Creative Director will be responsible for the business development and operational management of the company.

Age & Opportunity Artist’s Residency, Dublin – deadline 21 September 2018
Age & Opportunity’s arts and culture programme is seeking an artist in residence for Saint Joseph’s Shankill, Dublin, a care home solely dedicated to dementia care.
Participatory artist's residency, Southwark and Lambeth – deadline 8 October 2018
Gasworks is seeking an artist to work with the local migrant community in Lambeth and Southwark, and to deliver ten interactive events across an eight-month residency. 

Training and education
Tamalpa movement workshops, Kent – from 8 September 2018
Tamalpa UK's September workshops are designed both for both beginners hoping to understand more about movement-based expressive arts, and those more experienced in Tamalpa's approach.
Dementia and the Arts Online Course – starts 10 September 2018
This free, four-week MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has been developed by Created Out of Mind and University College London (UCL). 
Dance as Medicine autumn workshops – from 16 September
These workshops at the Chisenhale Dance Space (London E3) will focus on body, wellness and imagination.

Funding and support
Celebrating involvement in healthcare grants – deadline 20 September 2018
NHS England is offering grants of up to £2,500 to voluntary, community or social enterprise groups, to showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare.
Adam Reynolds memorial bursary – deadline 1 October 2018
ARMB is Shape Arts' flagship art award for disabled artists and includes a £10k bursary and three-month residency with Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

Pringle Awards for art and poetry – deadline 17 September 2018
Mental health charity Mind is seeking nominations or submissions for the Bill Pringle award for visual art and the Bill Pringle award for poetry, based around the theme of ‘hope’. 
Submit your events to the Age of Creativity Festival – 1-14 October 2018
The festival celebrates everyone who takes part in creativity in later life, whether as an audience member, participant, volunteer or artist. This year's theme is partnership. 

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