Saturday, 15 July 2017

CREATIVE HEALTH, PUBLIC LAUNCH on 21st July at The Manchester School of Art

CREATIVE HEALTH
I am pleased to announce that we are able to release a small number of tickets to the public launch of Creative Health, the report of a research inquiry into Arts and Health by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health & Wellbeing (APPG) will take place on the 21st July between 11:00 and 13:00 here at MMU.

The aim of the report is to inform a vision for political leadership in the field of arts, health and wellbeing in order to support practitioners, and stimulate progress and future research. In the light of its findings, the APPG will seek to influence the thinking and practice of politicians and other decision-takers. The report will be introduced by co-chair of the APPG, Lord Howarth of Newport who will be accompanied by parliamentarians and special guests. We’ll be having input from some inspirational artists and health activists and will share more after the event. The Full and Short reports will be available at this event. The short report containing superb illustrations by David Shrigley. 


If you’d like to attend the event, please email appgahw@mmu.ac.uk and you’ll receive a response on Tuesday 18th. You can read Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia, in this Observer article from 16th July HERE.

Artists Studio to let!
A studio space has just become available in our Pool Arts Studio on Grosvenor street, Manchester. Five minutes from Piccadilly and 5 minutes from Oxford Road. 24 hour access with some parking and WiFi. Click HERE for details.

The First Arts & Health Sitcom? 
Some years ago the sublime Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine were at the heart of a wonderful comic drama playing out life on an NHS geriatric ward. The series was a great source of depression and pleasure for me. In this episode Tilda Swinton plays a Germanic arts and health worker. Superb. The series is called Getting On and I heartily recommend it to the Health Secretary.


Looking at innovative approaches to improving the health & wellbeing of older people
5th & 6th September 2017
Belgrave Rooms, 25 Goldsmith St. Nottingham
Cost: Day 1 & 2: £44; One day ticket: £28.
As a World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly City, Nottingham City Council are working closely with the Baring Foundation and Arts Council England to use the arts to enrich the lives of older people. There is consistent evidence that a range of art and music related interventions are supportive in promoting and protecting mental wellbeing and independence. This evidence is incorporated into the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for mental wellbeing and independence for older people and will be a key point of discussion within the conference. Click HERE.


Social Impact of the Arts in Liverpool 2015/16 report
The Social Impact of the Arts in Liverpool 2015/16 report looks at 36 cultural organisations in the city which are funded through the city council’s Culture Liverpool Investment Programme. It found that:
  • Arts organisations generated £27million into the city from a wide variety of local, national and international sources. This includes attracting millions of visitors and inward investment.
  • An impressive 29,840 cultural activities took place in the city from 2015/16, with 66% of this activity targeted at special groups – young people, homeless, veterans etc.
  • There were at least 4.6 million people attendees at CLIP funded events and festivals (broken down as 2,916,331 for events and 1,748,942 for festivals).
  • More than 258,000 attendees took part in CLIP activities.
  • The CLIP funding enabled the organisations to raise an additional £15,140,917 from public and private sources.
  • Organisations reported their activities achieved a huge array of social impacts and benefits – for example improving the lives of those experiencing homelessness, worklessness, long-term health issues or poor mental health. Young people with experience of the criminal justice system showed that those taking part in cultural events became more engaged in community, school and home life.
    The full report, The Social Impact of the Arts in Liverpool 2015/16 report can be viewed HERE.  


Grants to Improve the Lives of Children 
The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People supports registered charities that work to improve the lives of disabled and sick children and young people by awarding grants for equipment, training, and support. Through the Foundation's Central Grants scheme, awards of a few hundred pounds and up to £30,000 can be made, although the majority of grants will be under £10,000.
Awards are made on a quarterly basis and the next deadline for applications is 25th July 2017. Click HERE.



Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust which awards grants to registered charities in the United Kingdom has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 31st July 2017. Grants of £1,000 are available to registered charities that have an income of between £50,000 and £1,000,000 for projects that relate to Music and the Arts with priority given to projects that focus on:
  Homelessness
  Domestic Abuse
  Prisoners/Offenders
  Training/Education
  Counselling/Support
  Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  Activities for those with limited access or opportunities.
The Trust will run four funding rounds each year; each with a different theme. Read more HERE.

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

North West Arts & Health Network

It was wonderful to work in the Republic of Ireland this week, with artists and activists who in turn, are working collaboratively with people affected by dementia, and all hosted by the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny. Thank you for your interest in Dementia & Imagination and sharing your own inspirational practice. For those of you who asked, you can download the handbook free of charge HERE and do remember that we’d really value your feedback on this work. For those of you have emailed about the work I've been exploring with Vic McEwan, but who missed his performance of the hospital bed at TATE Liverpool, I'm pleased to share the short film below. If you need to know more about this collaborative international project, click on the words HARMONIC OSCILLATOR.



BI-ANNUAL COMPETITION FOR NEW WORKS @ WHITWORTH ART GALLERY
The Birth Rites Collection is looking for new or existing artworks, in any medium, which deals with the subject of childbirth. This is an opportunity for your work to permanently become part of the BRC, be featured as a constant on the BRC website, and tour with the collection where it will be shown in future exhibitions, be available to loan for external shows, and be part of any publications released within the collection. In addition to being part of the collection, the prize winner will be awarded a two-week residency at the BRC, and will also obtain a stipend of 250 pounds. All chosen works will be featured for one month on our website and showcased digitally for one night at the Whitworth Art Gallery in September.
 More details HERE.
Application Deadline: 15th July 2017



Call for evidence: The arts for refugee health and well-being.
Deadline 1 November 2017
This call is for work that has not been published academically. If you or your organisation works with refugees or asylum seekers using the arts, and have any evaluations that meet the criteria below, please send it to k.phillips@derby.ac.uk

Evaluation criteria
The participants group must be all or partly refugees and asylum seekers.
The evaluation may use qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods.
The activity may be art therapy or any other art based activities.
The art type must be plastic/ visual art such as drawing, painting, printmaking, mask-making, sculpture, knitting, sewing, woodwork, collage, installation and photography.
The activity must have a health or well-being objective. 

1. Is engaging in visual/ tactile art based activities associated with improved health and well-being in refugees and asylum seekers?

2. Are specific art based activities or modes of engagement associated with specific effects or experiences?


BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme 

The next closing date for applications to the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is the 13th September 2017. Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through:
Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
Any kind of disability
Behavioural or psychological difficulties
And / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
Read more at HERE.
 

Funding to support the performing arts 
The next closing date for applications to the Wingate Foundation's Performing Arts (excluding music) grants programme is the 20th September 2017. Funding is available for charities with a record of artistic excellence that require additional funding to broaden their repertoire or develop work of potentially outstanding interest which cannot be funded from other sources. Assistance will also be considered for training and professional development for creative talent or the technical professions. The Trustees additionally wish to support arts projects that place a particular emphasis on addressing educational or social exclusion outcomes. Read more HERE. 



Commission for new work to tour to libraries & villages
Spot on Lancashire and Cheshire Rural Touring Arts are seeking to commission an artist or company from the North West of England to develop a new piece of touring work as part of their libraries strategic touring programme. The £6,000 commission is for the first phase of development leading to a scratch performance by March 2018 to an invited library audience. Full details can be found HERE.
The successful applicant will get support and advice from Spot on Lancashire, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts, librarians in both counties (including two prison libraries) and library users. Ultimately, it is planned that the company will produce a new piece of work suitable for touring to libraries and rural venues across the country.


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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Are we a Field, a Discipline, Community or Activists?

My apologies for all the strange underlining on this weeks blog! It's a glitch that without rewriting, I just can't fix! So - sorry it looks so strange...CP



Arts, Health, Inequality and Activism
Victoria Hume writes eloquently on her collaborations in South Africa and unpicks inequalities in her insightful blog posting for the London Arts and Health Forum.

“It is about overturning hierarchies, revolutionising our sense of what makes one healthy or well, and moving this out of the profit-making, measurable sphere and into something more amorphous and complex, but also more true.” 
Click on anything green or the image of the Blood Sugars above.



The Memory Wound memorial, Utøya
For the Guardian,  Jon Henley reports on the heated row which has broken out in Norway over a government decision to scrap a controversial artwork planned to commemorate the victims of Anders Behring Breivik’s 2011 massacre and build something “low-key” instead. The Norwegian minister of communal affairs and modernisation, Jan Tore Sanner, said last week the Memory Wound memorial, designed by Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg, would not go ahead after protests from some locals.

“A work of art can contribute to keeping the conversation about traumatic events alive in a very specific way,” Dahlberg said in a statement to the Guardian. “Visual art plays a special role in relation to these type of events, that can seem difficult to grasp and put into words.”


The Harmonic Oscillator
After three weeks of sharing collaborative work in progress from The Harmonic Oscillator in Lithuania, Bristol and TATE Liverpool, Vic McEwan heads off back to Australia to reflect on what's been an absorbing and at times, deeply moving period of development and public engagement. This last week has been a TATE Exchange residency in Liverpool which has seen Vic and I having the opportunity to engage with some very diverse groups and individuals. It's quite a risky venture putting yourself out there in ways that challenge the status quo of art galleries, and TATE Liverpool embraced the opportunity enthusiastically enabling us to put on a public forum on Thursday where I shared some developing work called Critical Care and Vic, as well as sharing his work at Alder Hey in some depth, gave and improvised performance using a hospital bed as material to be played, using a cello bow. It was quite a profound thing, following on some of the public discussion we had had. Both his work and my own, will be refined now and launched in Sydney in September as part of The Big Anxiety Festival alongside something else I'm working on around obsessive, compulsive disorder. More of which soon. But for now, my personal thanks to Dr Jane Ratcliffe and Vicky Charnock, Lindsey Fryer and Jess Fairclough and finally, Emma - to whom, my deepest thanks.



‘Devastating’ decline of arts in schools surges on
Entries for GCSE arts subjects are down 9% on 2016, while entries for EBacc subjects are up 9% in the same period. The rapid decline of arts subjects and corresponding growth of the core English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects in schools has continued into 2017. Detailed analysis of Government figures reveals that entries into GCSE arts subjects fell by a further 46,000 last year. This constitutes a 9% drop over the past 12 months, and is consistent with a collapse in take-up across all non-EBacc subjects, which have fallen by 148,000 entries (11%). 
This analysis supports widely held fears, including among teachers, that the EBacc is squeezing the arts out of schools. It also substantiates evidence gathered from a stream of earlier research, and consolidates the view that that evidence to the contrary, widely held by the Government, is limited or misleading. The declines come despite a 165,000 increase in the total number of GCSE exam entries – now over 5 million – and an additional 314,000 entries into GCSEs in EBacc subjects. This is an extract from Arts Professional which you can read in full HERE.


Funding for projects that support women & girls (UK/International)
Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects within the UK and internationally that support and transform the lives of women. For 2017 and 2018 priority will be given to projects that:
  1. Promote lesbian and transgender rights
  2. Tackle violence against women and girls
  3. Support disabled women and girls.
The funding is being made available through the Feminist Review Trust who are particularly interested in applications for hard to fund projects. The deadline for applications is 30th September 2017. Read more HERE. 

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

The Post-Conference Issue

This last couple of weeks has seen a number of conferences and events and this Mon - Weds I had the great pleasure of attending the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference, Bristol. Thank you Alex C and your wonderful team. It was superb to catch up with good friends and meet new people in the field. Lord Howarth of Newport shared some highlights from the forthcoming report of the APPG inquiry into arts and health, which will have its public launch here at the Manchester School of Art on July 21st. If you’re interested in attending register your name via email HERE. Remember, I’ll not be confirming precise details for a couple of weeks. Below is full footage of Alan Howarth's illuminating and passionate speech. It's taken on my phone, so excuse it's quality.



This all takes place as arts and culture joins heritage and tourism under the remit of first-time minister John Glen. Arts and culture have been separated from the creative industries in a restructure of ministerial responsibilities at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), in a move criticised as ‘downgrading’ the importance of the arts and the creative industries. Salisbury MP and first-time Minister John Glen who it appears does or not support gay rights. Shadow culture secretary Tom Watson said: "Arts and culture should broaden our horizons and help us embrace tolerance and diversity.” Glen came under fire in 2012 for his links to a Christian charity that sponsored an event that allegedly discussed a “cure” for homosexuality. He has also been criticised for his remarks about food banks in a Channel 4 News interview in 2011, in which he reportedly said people using them “had a choice” if they didn’t spend money on other things.

Let us watch this man closely. He is accountable to us.

Do I want to do a run down of highlights of the conference? Well not in any detail - the blog would be too long. The work of Blood Sugars was superb - and we need to know more about work from other countries - diversity is everything on our increasingly gated island. Some of the break-aways were just excellent, and I was proud to chair some wonderful examples of practice. I spoke a little around Greater Manchester and Devolution - and in truth - it helped me consolidate my thinking a little. Thanks FW for your always insightful thoughts. 


Vic McEwan and I had the onerous task of giving the final conference plenary - onerous - why so? Well the three days were scorching hot, and that last session always see’s people sloping off after they’ve done their bit, so we were thrilled to see a large hard-core of arts and health people still in the room. THANK YOU. It saw us sharing work around the Harmonic Oscillator which will be on exhibition in TATE Liverpool between 26th June and 1st July. Vic and I will be reprising our presentation at a free public forum on the afternoon of Thursday 29th and a few tickets are available HERE.

You can find out a little about this work by clicking on the image above. A few times at the event, I heard people beating themselves up over questions of measurements around the value of arts and health, and it was unsurprising to see that the Great Quantifiers and Up-Scalers had scuttled off by the time it came to our presentation, where with the help of Sylvia Plath, Julian Barnes and John Berger I hopefully tempered the often inappropriate desire for a bio-medical understanding of the arts and offered some cultural nuance, and in the words of Berger, a suggestion that some of these comparative methodologies are ‘equally absurd.’ This was an extract from my new work, Critical Care which will be published in September and the small film below is a teaser of the same, which will be shared in full with Vic at the Tate this Thursday.



On July 4th I’m very excited to be sharing Artist as Inspiration - Artist as Researcher at Kilkenny Castle as part of the Butler Gallery’s International Conference, Arts & Dementia: A European Perspective. So I’ll be sharing work from Dementia & Imagination and looking forwards to it. Click on the flyer below to register.



Woman to Woman
Rosa the UK Fund for women and girls has launched a new funding round of the "Women to Women" Fund. Local women's organisations across the UK are able to apply for grants of up to £25,000 to support a wide range of projects that benefits women. This can include: Building confidence and leadership skills, Tackling harassment and violence; etc. Rosa plans to support at least 100 local grassroots women's organisations across the UK and the grants are available for groups with an income of under £100,000 per year. Rosa especially wants to support groups that work with disadvantaged communities or in disadvantaged areas. Grants can pay for core work, as well as mobilising volunteers, leadership development, communications and advocacy. There are two stages to submitting an application to the Woman to Woman fund. To apply for a grant applicants will first need to complete the stage 1 application. The deadline for stage 1 applications is 5pm on the 6th July 2017. Read more HERE. 


The Elephant Trust
The Elephant Trust has announced the next deadline for applications is the 9th October 2017. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects. It aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries making or producing new work or exhibitions. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered. Read more HERE.


Artists International Development Fund 
The next application deadline for the Arts Council England's Artists International Development Fund is the 13th December 2017. This funding stream is for artists to develop links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in other countries. Freelance and self-employed artists can apply for small grants of £1,000 to £5,000 to spend time building these links to broaden your horizons and open their work to other perspectives. The programme is open to emerging and mid-career artists working in combined arts, literature, music, theatre, dance, visual arts and crafts and design. Applicants must have received recognition for their work in England and not have extensive international experience. The application must also include a letter of support from the overseas partner/host. Read more HERE.

                 
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Sunday, 18 June 2017

...from the sunny streets of Kaunas

In Lithuania this week I’ve had the really rare opportunity to spend time with like-minded people who came together for the conference: Meno prieinamumas: muziejai, bendruomenės ir socialinės atskirties grupės. It’s been another illuminating event organised by the Lithuanian NGO, Socialiniai meno projektai, and the conference translates as - Accessible Arts: Museums, Communities and Socially Excluded Groups.


Organised and facilitated at The National Gallery of Art by Ieva Petkutė, Dr. Simona Karpavičiūtė and gallery educator Eglė Nedzinskaitė, the conference ran for two full days and showcased research and best practice from Lithuania, Finland, Denmark, Ireland, Australia and the UK. For my part I shared some of the research and artistic outputs from Dementia & Imagination and introduced the work of Vic McEwan and work we’ll be sharing in Bristol this week: The Harmonic Oscillator. 


Again and again I’m reminded that we are all connected - those of us with these core values - small scale - large scale - regardless of the politics that surround us, we’re just doing work that has some profound impact. We’re part of something far bigger than each of ourselves. This is a wonderful country, and I thank my hosts for inviting me and believing in this work and the life we live. Aciu.

This week continues apace and sees three days of frenetic arts and health activity in Bristol as somehow, Alex Coulter and her colleagues in the South West, yet again, pull together a giant of a conference. It promises to be rich and diverse and I for one can’t wait.


Winston Churchill Craft & Design Travelling Fellowships
Closing date: 19th Sept at 5.00pm
The new 'Craft & Design’ 2018 Travelling Fellowships programme is currently open for applications. For more information, see: Crafts & Design 2018 e-poster. If you are inspired by the work of overseas designers, have a project in mind to support craft skills or want to work with overseas craft people/designers and have a project in mind to advance practices in the UK design sector, apply for a @wcmtuk Travelling Fellowship here: http://www.wcmt.org.uk/ 

Engaging Libraries Programme
The Carnegie UK Trust has announced that its Engaging Libraries Programme is now open for applications. The programme offers grants of £5,000 - £15,000 to libraries to deliver creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing. Applicants must be public library services, but the programme has a strong emphasis on collaboration and encourages libraries to think about a broad range of potential partnership opportunities in the delivery of their projects. The Carnegie UK Trust is aiming to support between 8 - 10 libraries and activities must be completed between October 2017 and October 2018. The closing date for applications is August 2017. Find out more https://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/project/engaging-libraries/?mc_cid=8404041e38&mc_eid=cb33862c36

Women Make Music Grants Programme 
Women songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds have until the 2nd October 2017 to apply for the next round of the Women Make Music programme. The programme supports the development of outstanding women songwriters and composers at different stages of their career. It aims to:
  Break down assumptions and stereotypes
  Raise awareness of the gender gap
  Increase the profile of women who are creating new music in the UK
  To encourage women who may otherwise not have applied for PRS for Music Foundation funding.
Grants are available of up to £5,000 to support touring, recording, promotion and marketing, community projects involving high-quality music creators, music creator residencies and live performances featuring new UK music. Read more at: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/funding/the-open-fund/the-open-fund-for-organisations/?mc_cid=8404041e38&mc_eid=cb33862c36


Why? Fest 2017
Saturday 8th July
Disabled and Diverse artists from across Birmingham and or linked to Birmingham and West Midlands arts have come together in a festival for 2017. The Why? Festival is a programme of performance and performance development opportunities aimed at discovering and working with new and emergency artists who define themselves as Disabled People or of Diverse Culture. Funded initially through an ACE Grant for Arts, the programme will run a series of workshops looking at performance and creative skills, and devising new works sessions, and will compliment these with a number of live performance opportunities including larger festival type events as artists and performance ready work is created and identified. Anyone interested in taking part in this programme as an artist, an organisation supporting potential, new and emerging Disabled and Diverse Artists, or as a venue or promoter then please contact Robin Surgeoner at info@whyfestival.co.uk
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After yet another tragedy in the UK, no platitudes from me - just thoughts.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Happy Talk...

'Discredited, humiliated, diminished. Where there was respect, there is ridicule; where there was strength, there is weakness; where there was self-assurance, there is doubt.' ...enough said.*


This week I was invited to a Creative Industries Federation round table meeting with NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens to discuss the increasing place of the arts and health agenda in national research, policy and practice. Great to hear interested and interesting people from the cultural sector, and only a little jarred with me. Although 'Chatham House' rules apply, this meeting does come in Arts for Health’s 30th year at MMU and the month before the public launch of a the national research inquiry into the field, undertaken by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. I'm pleased that this will take place the Manchester School of Art in July - more details soon. While this event will be by invitation only, if you are interested in research and policy in arts and health and would like to attend, lease register your interest by emailing HERE.

I'll be sharing some Dementia & Imagination work at the National Art Gallery of Lithuania, alongside new work with Vic McEwan following his residency at Alder Hey, which all precedes his residency at TATE Liverpool at the end of the month. Free tickets for a TATE Exchange event on 29th June are available HERE. For those of you attending the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference in Bristol, you'll be able to hear from Vic and I on the final day of the conference in the final keynote of the conference. Vic will be sharing work from The Harmonic Oscillator and I'll be framing in through an extract from a new work, Critical Care.


Calling all artists involved in healthcare - Expressions of Interest
The new children’s hospital to be built on the grounds of St James’s Hospital Dublin is the most ambitious healthcare development in the island of Ireland in terms of scale, design and clinical care.  Designed by BDP and O’Connell Mahon Architects, this iconic building will be a world class facility that will look after children and young people from all over Ireland who have complicated and serious illnesses and who are in need of specialist and complex care. In addition to the hospital, two Paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centres will be built at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown and Tallaght Hospital to open in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The project will bring together three existing children’s hospitals: Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and the National Children’s Hospital at Tallaght Hospital.

The Children’s Hospital Group (CHG) invites Expressions of Interest from experienced artists to enter into a phase of Research and Development between August and October 2017 leading to proposals for a range of ambitious artworks that will be integrated into the new children’s hospital public realm spaces and its Paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centres. This Research and Development Phase will be a stand-alone contract and the realisation of resulting proposals will be contracted separately.

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is Wednesday, 19th July at 2pm.
An information meeting for artists will take place in the F2 Centre, Dublin 8 on 3rd July. For full details and an application form, click HERE.


Creative Alternatives Online
Creative Alternatives is an award winning arts and health service that has
been funded by Public Health in Merseyside for more than ten years! Programme participants have explored ways of using creativity to reduce
symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. There is plenty of research to show that the arts can help to improve wellbeing and over the past 10 years, the community based programme has helped hundreds of people to do so. With the new online programme, we are expanding the reach of Creative Alternatives and hope to help even more people to improve their wellbeing through the power of creativity! Creative Alternatives Online offers:
- A weekly series of recorded workshops led by an artist, for you to watch in your own time, at your own pace
- Opportunities to try new things like mindfulness, gentle body work and expressive arts activities such as sketching, writing and photography, all in your own time
- Forums, where you can connect and share your experience with likeminded people
- Optional live drop in sessions with the participants and artists, for you to share your creative work if you wish to
- Access to online resources to boost your creativity & wellbeing 
The programme is FREE and will run for 12 weeks, starting in early Sep 2017.
If you like the sound of what’s on offer, please email us at rachael@creativealternatives.org.uk to find out more! 


Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Support Grants 
Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding to the Masonic Charitable Foundation's Community Support Grants Scheme. Funding is available for projects to tackle financial hardship; improve the lives of those affected by poor physical and/or mental health and wellbeing; provide educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people; and tackle social exclusion and disadvantage. Charities can apply for large grants of £5,000 and above or for small grants of between £500 and £5,000. The next closing date for applications to the small grants programme is the 16th June 2017. For large grants programme it is 3rd July 2017. If applying for a Large Grant, applicants must first submit a Grant Enquiry Form at least two weeks prior to the large grant application deadline. Read more by clicking on the gentleman in all his finery, above!


Near Neighbours Small Grants Fund 
Local groups and organisations, who are working to bring together neighbours and develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities, have until 17th November 2017 to apply for grants of £250 to £5,000 from the Near Neighbours fund. The fund which operates in East & West London, Luton, East Midlands, Birmingham, the Black Country, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire has two key objectives:
Social interaction - to develop positive relationships in multi-faith and multi-ethnic areas
Social action - to encourage people of different faiths and of no faith and of different ethnicities to come together for initiatives that improve their local neighbourhood.
Grants awarded in the past have offered funding to a broad range of work; environmental, social, cultural, artistic, and sporting, that furthers the programme's aims of encouraging social interaction and social action. Read more by clicking on the Manchester back ally, above.

* Now here's a great cartogram that was in the news. Quite simply it shows the UK political landscape by per-head vote and political party.


BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme 
The next closing date for applications to the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is the 1st September 2017. Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through:
Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
Any kind of disability
Behavioural or psychological difficulties
And / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties. Read more HERE. 


Funding for young people to develop social enterprises 
UnLtd, in partnership with Sports Relief and the Spirit of 2012, has announced that young people who want to start, grow or build their social enterprise idea can apply for funding of up to £15,000.  Young people can apply for a Test it Award of up to £500 or a Build it Award of up to £15,000.  Awards can be applied for by an individual or small group of up to four people aged 11-30. Test it Awards provide young people with the chance to unlock their potential and make a positive difference in the community. The Test it Awards are available to 200 young people to run their own projects. There is a one stage application process for Test It Awards. All applicants need to do is fill out the application which can be found at here. UnLtd will also scale up successful projects by providing Awards of £15,000 to 10 young people who are ready to build their ideas into sustainable social. There is a two stage application process for the Build It Awards.  Applicants initially will need to submit an expression of interest and if they meet the criteria then UnLtd will send an application form. Read more by clicking on the street scene, above.          .   

Monday, 5 June 2017

FREE TICKETS and more...

A short and sweet blog this week and three quick pointers!


Tickets for the free TATE Exchange event with Vic McEwan exploring our work at Alder Hey and through sound, noise and music are now available via eventbrite HERE.



Regular readers of this blog will know my former colleague and Research Associate on the Dementia & Imagination project, Katherine Taylor. Kat is currently on her Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship and from the heart of beautiful Finland, she shares her blog, which I recommend. You can link to her blog by clicking on the image above.


I wrote a very modest reflection on a conversation I had with Mike White about charlatans and snake-oil salesmen. You can read it on the London Arts and Health Forum blog, by clicking on the snake above. I remember Mike fondly. He died two years ago. Shocking - who knows where the time goes.

Photo: Gary Lomas
Stitching the Wars is a new exhibition made in collaboration with older people living in Derbyshire and arts organsation arthur+martha. Award winning project Stitching the Wars combines history, poetry and embroidery from older people living in rural Derbyshire. Artist Lois Blackburn from the arts organisation arthur+martha collaborated with older people to make community quilts embroidered with reminiscence. The exhibition opend with a celebratory event between 1pm – 3pm on 7th June 2017 at the newly refurbished Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. For more details click on the image above or HERE.

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