A new occasional section of the bulletin to bring you news from international initiatives in culture, health and wellbeing. This issue sees the launch of a new Nordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health. The journal publishes articles in Danish, English, Norwegian, and Swedish, and aims "to contribute to dissemination of research, knowledge and practice experience in the arts, culture and health field".
If you have international news you want us to share in the future, please get in touch.
This month's research corner from MARCH focuses on community gardening, rural arts groups, traditional textile crafting and e-textiles workshops, a prison horticultural programme, and older adults participating in group music-making.
MARCH Network sandpit grants: deadline 15 September
The MARCH Network is inviting proposals for half-or full-day "sandpit events" to bring together experts on community assets and mental health to develop new research proposals that could be funded through the MARCH Network ‘Plus’ funds. Up to £3,000 is available for each event.
Day in the Life: Barbara Bloomfield, Rebecca Hearne
Barbara has been a counsellor and counselling supervisor for 25 years: "in the last decade I’ve moved much more into the world of expressive arts as I think creative expression is so helpful for wellbeing and resilience..."
Rebecca's PhD is about archaeology as a form of therapy: "I’ve seen first-hand how useful and life-changing it can be, and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else..."
APPG update July 2019
Find out about the latest activity of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health & Wellbeing, including the APPG's AGM and Annual Report, a film of the Reading-based Creative Health event this May, and a new briefing for Integrated Care System planning developed in collaboration with the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance and the Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network.
Norfolk Creativity & Wellbeing Week: A blog from Mary Muir
Read about Mary's experience of setting up Norfolk Creativity & Wellbeing week this year: "...a perfect high-profile opportunity to build on our long-standing, ongoing strategic work to encourage and support greater collaboration between arts, culture, heritage, health and social care partners..."
The Art of Wellbeing: Film and Director's Blog
Creative People & Places have published a short film of our partner event with Super Slow Way in Burnley for Creativity & Wellbeing Week: The Art of Wellbeing – as well as a blog written by the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance's Director in response to the day's provocations.
Save the date: Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2020! 18-24 May
Following the hugely successful national rollout of Creativity & Wellbeing Week in 2019 - with over 50,000 people attending events! - London Arts in Health Forum and the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance are delighted to announce that the next festival will be held from 18-24 May 2020.
Artists Practising Well report
The new research report by Nicola Naismith focuses on the topic of affective support for creative practitioners working in participatory arts in health and wellbeing. The research was supported by a grant from the the Arts and Humanities Research Council via the Clore Leadership Programme.
National Writing Day and creative writing survey
Wednesday 26 June is National Writing Day, led by First Story - a national literacy charity - to support the message that “everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power.” The charity has also developed a survey to understand what we believe is important about creative writing.
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