Community Arts

Arts & Health, Events

4th International Social Prescribing Network Conference

March 10th – 11th 2022

The conference will be an online event.  Tickets will enable delegates to attend all scheduled sessions on the 10th and 11th March 2022.  There will also be a range of digital content available to delegates for several weeks after the conference – so catching up with sessions you couldn’t attend will be simple.

There will be a mixture of plenary sessions, breakout sessions, research specific presentations, and poster displays interspersed with networking opportunities.  We will have dedicated networking space for meeting exhibitors, presenters, and delegates.  

The conference will address the ‘hot topics’ in social prescribing, in the UK and in other countries as well as sharing the latest international research findings.  The conference programme will be developed in the next few months as we listen to suggestions from the social prescribing network members.  We will update the programmes as speakers are confirmed.  The end of the first day will also include the Social Prescribing Network Awards, where we celebrate the achievements of the social prescribing schemes and people involved.

Bookings are through Salford University shop

Arts & Health

Learning from experience: Kelly McCormack & Sunita Thind

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance are sharing a new series of blogs by people who have experienced the impacts of creativity and culture on their own health and wellbeing.

This month’s blogs are from East Midlands LENS (lived experience network) champion Kelly McCormack, and from writer Sunita Thind.

https://www.culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk/news/stories-of-lived-experience

Source: Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance Bulletin June 2020

Community Arts

Window Wanderland

Bring your community together by creating a magical trail in your local windows! Imagine the windows in your community coming alive with people’s imagination. Window Wanderland connects people and helps reduce isolation by turning streets into outdoor art galleries. It began in 2015 by an artist who had personal experience of isolation due to years of chronic illness, she wanted to cheer herself up and brighten the streets where she lived. Since then over 120 events have occurred worldwide run by local organisers and community groups. 

As a response to lockdown, Window Wanderland CIC started a ‘Share your love’ campaign to make a positive difference during the coronavirus outbreak. Each week they are  sharing artwork to download, colour and display. They are also asking for designs, maybe you want to feature your own version? Go to windowwanderland.com for more information or email them at admin@windowwanderland.com

Source: Voluntary Arts Newsletter June 2020

Community Arts, National, Training

Voluntary Arts

Our series of #CreativeNetwork conversations continue to take place each weekday morning at 9:30am. In recent weeks we have developed a programme of themed conversations that will each take place on a monthly basis. These cover particular art forms and issues, as well as local geographic areas.

Coming up next week are discussions on Dance with guests from Sadler’s Wells, One Dance UK, Magpie Dance and more (29 June), Theatre with Charlotte Jones from ITC (30 June), Coventry (1 July), Local Arts Wales (2 July) and Crafts with guests from the APPG on Crafts and more (3 July).

In the coming weeks we’ll also be talking about the West Midlands (6 July), Science & Arts (7 July), Theatre education & participation with NODA, NAYT, the RSC and Minerva Theatre (8 July), Neighbourhood connections (15 July), West Yorkshire (16 July), Devon (17 July) and managing cultural Spaces (22 July).

Join us via Zoom any weekday from 9:30 – 10:30am. To join a call, just click the “Join” button next to that day’s session in the timetable on www.voluntaryarts.org/creativenetwork

From Voluntary Arts Newsletter June 2020

Funding, Mental Health

Baring Foundation launches first funding round to support arts and mental health organisations

Baring Foundation has announced the first call for applications in a new Arts programme supporting Arts and Mental Health.

The funding offers modest, unrestricted grants to established organisations in the UK that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people of any age living with mental health problems using the skills of professionally trained artists.

This approach has been chosen to respond in the best way we can to the pressures the sector is undergoing due to the COVID-19 crisis.

This is the first funding call in what will be a long-term commitment to funding arts and mental health. The funding will expand beyond this starting place to include other organisations who are doing valuable work which this first round of funding will not be able to support.

For more information: https://bit.ly/3eVbWOS