Following an extensive recruitment process, the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is delighted to announce that Victoria Hume has been appointed as its first Director.
Victoria is a composer, arts manager and researcher with many years’ experience of working with health and medicine. Her arts/health work began in London hospitals – moving from Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust to Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, where she founded and ran rb&hArts, the Trust’s arts programme, for 11 years. Alongside this she worked on the King’s Fund’s ‘Enhancing the Healing Environment’ programme, and was a board member, and then Chair of London Arts in Health Forum. She has spent the last four years living and working in South Africa, based between the University of the Witwatersrand’s Health Communication Research Unit, the Wits School of Arts, and at the medical humanities programme at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER).
Victoria says: “I have been lucky enough to work across a huge number of different contexts in which creative practice and cultural theory connect with health and medicine. The arts and culture rest on valuing our capacity to create, to use our imaginations, to make unexpected connections. I want to help expand the ways in which the arts and culture can intersect with health and medicine: opening up possibilities for practice and research, allowing us to think differently about how knowledge is created, developing our resilience, and creating opportunities for our imaginations to flourish.” She will begin in her role in July 2018.