Sunday, 23 October 2016

...ener the void

This blog may be a little quieter than usual, as your beleaguered blogger takes a 'red-eye' to Australia for two big events: the ARTLANDS Festival and Conference in Dubbo and the Australia Centre for Arts and Health - Art of Good Health and Wellbeing International Conference. This year I've written something about the inequalities and social justice called Weapons of Mass Happiness. It's a presentation of ideas I've expanded around diversity in arts and health, for a book called, Music, Health, and Wellbeing: Exploring music for health equity and social justice to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. I'll be working with Vic McEwan on some of his outcomes from Alder Hey hospital again and in residency at the University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts, where we are hatching plans for a major event in 2017. More of all this soon, but I hope to keep the odd blog posting up whilst I'm away.

For now - a few things on the horizon:

We just wanted to let you know that booking is now open for the Storytelling for Health conference, which takes place in Swansea on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June 2017.  We would be delighted if you could join us, you can book your tickets HERE. 

LIME Music for Health Wingbeats Conference
Further to my previous email about our upcoming exciting LIME Music for Health Wingbeats Conference on Thursday 17th November – please find below a link that will take you to the Eventbrite ticketing page. Due to the nature of the venue there are limited places available so please confirm your attendance at the conference as soon as possible. Click HERE to find out more and book a place.

Help Musicians UK announces new national grants programme 
Independent music charity Help Musicians UK has announced a new funding programme for organisations. Its National Grants Programme is inviting applications from organisations working with musicians across the UK. Successful applicants will receive between £5,000 and £40,000 in funding over a three-year period. The scheme, which runs until 2021, is the first to be launched as part of a new strategy to modernise the way the charity reaches musicians from across all genres and the whole of the country. Read more HERE.

Grants to help new, innovative visual arts projects 
The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 16th January 2017. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. 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 now being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not supported. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered. Read more HERE.  


Saturday, 15 October 2016


Dementia & Imagination
A note for your diaries if you have been following the Dementia & Imagination project. On January 31st 2017 we'll be sharing our research findings and the work of the research artists at a full day event at Wellcome Trust in London. I expect the event will be free, but we are refining all the ideas as yet. Just a reminder that the research project took place in Newcastle, North Wales and Derbyshire and it will be exciting to share new research and thinking around the impact of the visual arts on the lived experiences of people with dementia. Expect multi-disciplinary research findings - a handbook to support practice and future research - & challenging and liberating contemporary arts practice.

For anybody involved in inter-generational work in Greater Manchester, I'll be giving a new paper - A Social Poison - this Monday 17th at New Generation: Design for Living. If you want to know more about the event, click on the image below.

Esmée begins Crowdfunding with Spacehive 
(Hull, Manchester & Lewisham)
The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is trying out a new method of funding and is offering a total of £200,000 through crowdfunding platform to support community projects in Hull, Manchester and The London Borough of Lewisham. Legally charitable organisations that have ideas for projects that will bring communities together using the arts, culture, food or green spaces can apply for funding under this programme. Grants of up to £2,500 will be available for projects run by individuals and £15,000 will be available for projects that are being run by organisations. The funding can only cover up to 50% of projects costs and cannot be used towards buildings, building work or equipment. By using crowdfunding the foundation wants to get money to projects which have genuine community support and demand. Projects created on spacehive can apply for an Esmée pledge for their project and funding decisions will be made on an ongoing basis. Read more HERE. 

The Lowry: Director of Learning & Engagement
37.5 hours per week, 
Salary: £45,000 per annum (subject to experience) plus staff benefits
Deadline: Monday 31 October 2016 at 10am.
The Lowry is one of the UK’s leading multi art form organisations situated at the heart of MediaCityUK, one of the world’s most exciting cultural, digital and media hubs. We are looking for a Director of Learning and Engagement to champion and creatively lead a programme that connects local communities, children and young people to The Lowry and its artistic work.  The post-holder will be The Lowry’s strategic lead on all aspects of Learning & Engagement including targeted community engagement; youth talent, work and skills development; formal education and widening participation through outreach. Read more HERE. 


Saturday, 8 October 2016

...a dull headed ass and a well-needed punch in the face - good grief!

Just who are we talking about this week?
First things first - thank you for email received this week and apologies for the decreasing speed in my replies. It's intriguing however, amongst the positive mail that comes in, I increasingly get spam, some of which, in fact constitutes self-aggrandisement akin to everyone's bogeyman - Donald Trump (who sounds more like an imprisoned or dead Radio 1 DJ from the 60's every day). Yes - in this arts and health movement - we do get talentless power-hungry bozo's too - but then I start to write a blog and have to quickly censor myself. Well - this is the question - should I censor, or perhaps do the opposite and divorce myself from the work that necessitates me self-censoring? Advice needed please.

You see, I do feel that this arts/health thing we're all part of, is by its very nature, a grass roots movement, not something that you can impose standardisation on, and yet it seems the free-marketeers are gaining ground and soon everything we do will only be sanctioned if it meets the standards of the politburo - standards dictated by those pale-faced marketeers - and never - absolutely never - those artists, free-thinkers and activists that make up the movement. So this blog, or your blogger at least, has reached an existential crossroads.

So - for now - here's a little morsel from days of yore, a tale of Aesop nonetheless, and then DeNiro will make some pronouncements on a despotic tosser, in the short film below. Just one of the arrogant twerps we would so dearly love to whack around the head with a wet fish.

The Ass carrying the Image
An Ass once carried through the streets of a city a famous wooden Image, to be placed in one of its Temples. As he passed along, the crowd made lowly prostration before the Image. The Ass, thinking that they bowed their heads in token of respect for himself, bristled up with pride, gave himself airs, and refused to move another step. The driver, seeing him thus stop, laid his whip lustily about his shoulders and said, “O you perverse dull-head! it is not yet come to this, that wo/men pay worship to an Ass.”

London Arts in Health Forum 
Festival Coordinator
Fee: £10,000
Hours: An average of 2 days per week
Engagement: December 2016 - June 2017
Deadline: Monday 31st Oct at 17.00
London Arts in Health Forum is seeking a Co-ordinator to deliver its annual festival Creativity and Wellbeing Week. This festival, now in its sixth year will take place from 12-18 June 2017, across London and nationally. The Co-ordinator will manage key events, support partner organisations, encourage engagement, and promote the Festival. The key aim of the Festival is to raise the profile of the role of the arts in health and wellbeing, to celebrate good practice in arts and health and bring together the organisations and individuals who work in this area. For full details of the post and a project brief, please contact

To apply for this post, please submit a written application (maximum 600 words) detailing how you meet the person specification along with a detailed CV. Please send your application clearly headlined Festival Co-ordinator application to Applications must be submitted by Monday 31stOctober, 5pm. Interviews will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 8th November. The successful candidate should be able to start work in December.

Challenging Outsider Art
Over the past 7-months, OutsiderXchanges, a visual arts project based on collaboration, reciprocal learning and creative exchange has brought together six learning disabled artists and six contemporary visual artists in one studio space. Taking parity of ideas and aesthetic approaches as a starting point the resulting works blur the line between art and life, inviting the viewer to challenge their own conceptions of art and what might be considered ‘outsider’ art. 

New works developed throughout the project will now be exhibited the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (1 – 31 October) and at the Whitworth Art Gallery (3 November). Artwork ranges from pieces developed individually such Sarah Lee’s tactile three-dimensional clay ‘sketches’, inspired by the recent fire at the 16th-century Wythenshawe Hall, to collaborative works such as Yes Lad, Yes Lass (2016) by artists Barry Anthony Finan and Rosanne Robertson, a poignant mixed media video installation. This sculptural work represents the meeting of the two artists with their ambitions laid bare. Leslie Thompson, a prolific drawer, who at every opportunity is documenting his observations of events happening around him, in enormous detail using pen on paper, and in his own recognisable witty style, to artists Horace Lindezey and Juliet Davis who have involved public participation in their practice throughout to In a series of interviews Lindezey has been engaging participants in conversation on their childhood memories whilst also building models of their schools as a tool for reminiscence. Led by the always brilliant Venture Arts, this is a must see show. Click on the Leslie Thompson's Brown Bear, below, or Barry Anthony Finan's work, above for more details.

The Death Talker
Since the dawn of time, human beings have been curious about death. Most of us have little time in our busy lives to think about the things that are important to us. Often, it s not until we have a personal experience that we give any serious thought to our own life and our mortality. Here’s a link to a new book by Molly Carlile. The Death Talker offers a common sense approach to the issues we should all be thinking about so we can live and die well. The personal stories and practical information provide a sensitive guide for exploring the stuff that matters to each of us and to help us have meaningful conversations with the people we love. Click on the book for more info. 

Kick the Dust! New funding for youth-focused projects
Deadline: 2 December 2016
Kick the Dust is a £10 million grants programme for ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people aged 11-25. You will be able to apply for a grant from £500,000 to £1million as part of a consortium, which should include heritage and youth organisations. Young people named this initiative, hoping to stir things up, inspire change and ensure heritage is relevant to young people’s lives. For the first time, HLF will also be asking young people to help decide about which applications should be funded.

Application guidance and project enquiry forms are available at the HLF website. There will be a mandatory project enquiry stage to tell them your ideas followed by a two-round application process. There will be one opportunity to apply for Kick the Dust. You will need to submit your enquiry form by 2 December 2016. The deadline for first-round applications will be 20 February 2017. Click HERE.

The Art of Mentalizing: Communicating the Unknown
21-23 October at the Pratt Institute, New York
"This is a truly important event that brings together for the first time two groups working to extend the frontiers of mentalizing in the US and the UK. The conference will undoubtedly present many remarkable insights and experiences for participants that I have no doubt will further not just clinical practice but also encourage research enquiry into the therapeutic use of creative arts in mental health"  Professor Peter Fonagy

I wish I was going to this, but am thrilled my colleague Dr Kat Taylor is and she's presenting her work: "Engaging with art as part of recovery processes in individuals with mental health difficulties: a phenomenological meta-synthesis and Exploring the links between the phenomenology of creativity and bipolar disorder." More details by clicking on the banner below.

BIG Launches New £40 Million Youth Investment Fund 
The Big Lottery Fund has announced the launch of its new £40 million Youth Investment Fund.
The fund aims to support organisation in the West Midlands; London East; Tees Valley & Sunderland; Bristol & Somerset; Eastern Counties; and Liverpool City who provide front-line open access youth services in disadvantaged communities for young people aged 10-18 (up to 25 for young people with disabilities). Eligible organisations are able to apply for grants of between £150,000 and £750,000 over a three-year period. Organisations will only be able to apply for an annual grant amount that is at most a quarter of the size of their annual income and are expected to be already delivering programmes within this target group. The fund will prioritise organisations looking to expand existing services and develop new ones. Proportionate overheads will be eligible, and there'll be up to £50,000 of grant available to help with the refurbishment of existing youth facilities, the development of new ones, and the purchase of equipment. The closing date for applications is the 11th November 2016. Read more HERE. 

Arts Award Access Fund 
The next deadline for applications to the Arts Award Access Fund is the 21st October 2016. Grants of £100 to £1500 are available to Arts Award centres in England working on Arts Award projects with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue. Priority will be given to centres that: are working with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue and who will use the grant to support them to pilot, embed or develop their Arts Award work with these groups. Click HERE.

Tight Modern 2016: Call for artists As Nicholas Serota joins Arts Council England as it’s new chair, it good to see that Tight Modern has a shout out for marginalised and disabled artists. 

Tight Modern is open to submissions from UK based marginalised and disabled artists. Don't miss the deadline for Tight Modern 2016 submissions - 30th October 2016. Open to UK based marginalised and disabled artists. Entries must be 13cmx18cm in portrait format, with a maximum depth of 2cm. You can submit original artworks, photography or computer generated images. You can find full details on how to submit work here and information on the fantastic cash, art materials and details are available by clicking on the image above.


Sunday, 2 October 2016

...hey ho

On Tuesday 11th October between 16:00 and 18:00 I’ll be facilitating a small event to explore Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the Arts at the Manchester School of Art. It will be a very informal get-together to discuss shared experiences of OCD - and the creative impulse. The session is open to anyone who has personal experiences that they are happy to share, alongside works of art we might discuss that are informed by ritual, or are appealing in their seemingly ritualistic aesthetic. Any art-form is appropriate to explore. To reserve a place, just email by clicking here.

Thanks to Jane Ratcliffe, Vicky Charnock and countless others for making the last few weeks happen! Thanks too, to Ross and Bob Bannerman and the hugely supportive Jonny Langlois. All of you have made the work that Vic McEwan and I are embarking on possible. Something quite profound will emerge.

Andrejaus Kibisovo
The work of Socialiniai Meno Projektai continues to flourish, and as part of the exhibition of work by people affected by homelessness currently running in the National Art Gallery of Lithuania, a discreet arts project by Andrejaus Kibisovo is currently receiving rave reviews in national press and TV. This coverage of an artist who lives outside the system is quite exception. More details are available here.

Stroke: Stories of Self Through Art and Science
Friday 4 November (12:30 – 4:30pm) at the Whitworth Art Galley
The Stroke Association and University of Manchester ran creative workshops with a group of stroke survivors across 2015-16. Focussed on creative writing, visual arts, photography and music, the interactive workshops brought together stroke survivors, artists, clinicians, musicians, filmmakers, researchers and students from the University of Manchester and Salford Royal Hospital. Two exhibitions were created from the work produced to tell the survivors' stories through their artwork. The first was at Manchester Central Library and the second at Victoria Baths. The final stage of this exciting and innovative project is to have an evaluation symposium at Whitworth Art Gallery to reflect on the project and propose next steps for implementing and developing a project such as this for further reach and benefit to stroke survivors and others.
To attend the symposium, to meet those involved, and to find out more about it and to contribute to the wider debate around arts, health and wellbeing. Click HERE to reserve your place.

Spare Tyre Theatre Company
The Garden is a multisensory, interactive installation and workshop for people with dementia and their carers. Bringing the outdoors in, it grows organically as different stories unfold using puppets, music and digital art. The Garden will next be tour­­­­­ing to arts venues, community spaces and residential care homes across London during Autumn 2016. Find out more about booking the the tour here, or email Lynette or call 020 8692 4446 (ext. 273).

Arts Council England: Celebrating Age
Deadline: 13 Oct, 12noon
Supporting cultural spaces and other organisations to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people; and taking high quality arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage. Applicants must be working in partnership in a consortium with one lead organisation. To be eligible to apply, the lead applicant needs to be Arts Council funded, or have presented work to the public through ACE programmes. Read more here.  

Everything is Really Good
This is just about perfect David Shrigley. Nothing else needs saying, but if you need more info, click on the Fourth Plinth.

Big Lottery Fund: Celebrate!
Deadline: 21st October 2016
The Big Lottery Fund has announced that the final dealine for all Celebrate Funds (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) is 21st October 2016. Six out of ten people surveyed say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this with the Celebrate! programme. Voluntary and community organisations with a constitution and bank account, schools and statutory bodies can apply for grants to hold one off events or activities that celebrate their local community. This can be someone from history or the present day. Priority will be given to:
Schools and academies
Projects that are people led and are something the community wants
Projects which demonstrate communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures
Projects which actively bring different generations together.
Read more here.

Funding for Digital Projects with a Social Impact 
The Nominet Trust which provides funding and support to technology with a social benefit, has announced that its Social Tech Seed Investment Programme has re-opened for applications. Social Tech Seed is an investment programme that offers early-stage investment typically of between £15,000 and £50,000 to social entrepreneurs and charitable organisations who are looking to develop new ideas to use digital technology for social benefits. This programme provides funding and support to help entrepreneurs nurture, develop and test their ideas including environment and sustainability, education, employment, wellbeing and healthcare. Applicants may also be able to apply to a discretionary fund of up to £5,000 should they need access to specific expertise to support their early-stage development. The closing date for stage 1 applications is the 25th October 2016.  Applicants successful at this stage will have until the 6th December 2016 to submit a stage 2 application. Read more HERE.


Monday, 26 September 2016

Dear Jeremy Corbyn... have been mandated by the people to lead the Labour Party – Well Done!

Addressing inequalities seems central to your values and vision, and the time is right to understand the potency of culture and the arts as social determinants of health and wellbeing.

Ken Loach’s film – I, Daniel Blake – paints an accurate picture of life in the UK, and suggests we shouldn’t just sit back and accept things as they are, but do something about them. Gillian Slovo in her verbatim play – The Riots – provides evidence of the Social Poison in society, and encourages us to make up our minds about inequalities and social injustice, and perhaps the underlying causes of social unrest.

There’s evidence of the positive long-term benefits of participating in the arts in all their forms from longitudinal studies from both mainstream cultural organisations, and from the wealth of focused arts and health projects. The UK has a rich history of radical arts and health activity and is central to this global movement.

We look forward to being part of the long-term cultural change that is needed to address the endemic inequalities that poison our society, and will support you in the work needed to nurture the culturally and politically connected communities we need to be.

Great things happen in Liverpool, where this weekend the Labour members elected its leader, and where Liverpool Council has backed a ban on newsagents selling copies of The Sun newspaper because of its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster. Campaign groups ‘Total Eclipse of The S*n’ and ‘Shun the S*n’ have gained momentum following April’s verdict of the Hillsborough Inquest, which concluded that all 96 fans who died as a result of a crush at Hillsborough were unlawfully killed. The groups have convinced more than 210 outlets in the city to stop selling The Sun, including branches of Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Marks & Spencer stores. Some say that this is censorship on the part of the council, and generally I’d be opposed to generic censorship, but hey - this is The Sun - propagators of soft porn and body dysmorphia, sexist, xenophobic tosh and hate, so yes - lets ban it! (Q - does The Sun constitute in and of itself, being a hate crime?)

TAnDem - Arts and Dementia: Research into practice 2016
A partnership between the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and the Centre for Dementia, University of Nottingham, TAnDem is one of eight Doctoral Training Centres funded by the Alzheimer’s Society. Its mission is to produce an evidence base for the arts and dementia.  I was thrilled to be asked to speak at their first major conference this week at the University of Nottingham. Alongside Paul Camic, Victoria Tischler and Norma Daykin I had the opportunity to share some of the work of Dementia & Imagination artist Penny Klepuszewska - (which when you see/hear it - I think you’ll agree - is profound)…but alongside the effervescent poet Gary Glazner, it was the honest, intelligent and heartfelt presentation of Larry Gardiner from Oxfordshire Advocates who blasted the delegates with his reality check. Thank you to the organisers for asking me to take part in this wonderful event.

Live Well Make Art // 22-28 October 2016
100 Moments is the starting project of Manchester Devolution’s Live Well Make Art social movement, designed to promote the benefits that making art has on our wellbeing. If you are an arts, health, or community organisation, small or big, based in Greater Manchester, you are invited to join the Live Well Make Art movement by submitting a ‘moment’ that showcases your work during our 100 Moments Week (23rd-30th October). A Moment is a piece of work that you choose to showcase, which connects art with health and wellbeing.  Your Moment could be something you already run on a regular basis, or you could choose to create a special Moment to be part of this exciting project.  Examples of a Moment could include a public event or workshop, a talk or interview with a participant, an online Moment, or a collection of images. You can be creative.

Arts Council England to impose quantitative measures of arts quality on NPOs
ACE is forging ahead with plans to impose a standardised system for measuring artistic quality on its NPOs, despite a lukewarm sector response and warnings that this will require a “quantum change” in organisational attitudes to data. A national system for evaluating the quality of artistic work is to become compulsory for many of ACE’s National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) despite an evaluation of a pilot scheme revealing wide-spread concerns about the approach.Please click on the Horse Shit cigarettes to know more.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation
Registered charities as well as organisations and individuals supported by registered charities can apply for funding through the Peter Cruddas Foundation for projects benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the UK. The Foundation gives priority to programmes calculated to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales towards pathways into education, training and employment through charitable organisations. There are no minimum or maximum grants and projects can be funded for more than one year. Please note that the Foundation is not accepting applications for Capital Projects. The next closing date for application is the 1st March 2017. Read more at:


Monday, 19 September 2016

19/09/16 @ 9:00 BST

The Great Place Scheme (England)
Deadline (Expressions of Interest): 6 Oct
The Great Place Scheme will fund projects in areas where there is a commitment to embed arts, culture and heritage in local plans and decision-making.  By strengthening the networks between culture, civic and community organisations, and by involving citizens and local businesses, projects will enhance the role that culture plays in the future of each place participating in the Scheme. In time this will lead to the wide range of social and economic benefits that arts, culture and heritage can achieve. The Great Place Scheme is a pilot and will initially be delivered only in England. It aims to support 12 successful applicants from 12 places across England to participate in the Scheme, including four rural areas. The scheme is a partnership between Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England. Read more at:

Arts Council England: Celebrating Age
Deadline: 13 Oct, 12noon
Supporting cultural spaces and other organisations to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people; and taking high quality arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage. Applicants must be working in partnership in a consortium with one lead organisation. To be eligible to apply, the lead applicant needs to be Arts Council funded, or have presented work to the public through ACE programmes.
Read more at:

Music Grants for Older People 
(England & Wales)
The registered charity, Concertina which makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 31st October 2016. The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents.


Monday, 12 September 2016

...b l u e m o n d a y

Last Friday saw the launch of Sing me to Sleep at the National Gallery of Art - Lithuania and what I believe to be, the first exhibition of work by people affected by homelessness in a national gallery. Judging by the opening event which saw around 250 people attend, it inspired a great deal of curiosity and impassioned responses. So what’s the exhibition really about? With any curation of people’s work who normally sit outside the hallowed halls of contemporary galleries, its easy to assume it would be branded as some kind of exoticised outsider art - worse still - that the artists would be paraded around like some show-ponies for the great and good to pat on the head and return home satiated by their benevolent endorsement. Well, a number of artists in attendance were from Lithuania and from Manchester and were supported by the Booth Centre, and there wasn’t a moments condescension.

Large scale work and more intimate pieces explored the experience of homelessness through poetry, stitch and the fairy tale - universal stories of fear and challenge - and in some cases - the overcoming of seeming insurmountable obstacles. Through sound pieces, and recorded and performed music from both countries, the common stories of lived experience of life on the streets, and the factors that contributed to peoples experiences, became manifest. When Albert Einstein, was asked how we could make our children more intelligent, he replied, "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." There is much we can learn from his advice.

The large and pristine glass windows of the gallery were daubed with a thick coal and wood dust, (a challenge I’m sure, for the gallery curator) in which multi-talented artist Eglė Gudonytė and her colleagues had meticulously transcribed the Lithuanian and Russian writing of the women and men who were part of the project. Alongside images that would fit well in a Duchamp exhibition, the areas that had been rubbed away in the dust, made a compelling backdrop to the gallery, which refracted and transformed with the moving sun.

In the presence of British Ambassador for Lithuania, Claire Lawrence and Director of the British Council in Lithuania, Artūras Vasiliauskas - Ieva Petkutė from Socialiniai Meno Projektai shared some of the stories behind the work and poet Philip Davenport and artist Lois Blackburn (Arthur & Martha) reflected on the nature of homelessness, introducing artists from Manchester who shared their work. Some of the work will be coming to Bury Art Gallery soon.

Fundamental Human rights should be central to any conversation around this arts and health agenda - but it would be lazy to connect work born from the experience of being homeless, with simply having a roof over your head, or access to healthcare and education - this ‘access’ to profound cultural expression, with all its sophistication and nuance - is a fundamental human right. We must never forget freedom of creative expression.

Homelessness is commonplace, these are not rare birds - though some of the stories offer something as beautiful as birdsong, others the sharp jab of a sharpened beak - they are raw and everyday, poetic and visceral.

How would we choose to measure the worth of this work if we were so inclined? Well - for my part - it’s the quality of the work and the story that it tells - the emotion that it provokes - like all art, that enables us to understand the value of something. This isn’t some other worldly exoticism, it’s us - you and me writ large.

People's Postcode Trust Small Grants Programme (Scotland, England & Wales)
The People's Postcode Trust' Small Grants Programme has re-opened for applications. Since 2009, People's Postcode Trust has awarded over £11 million to more than 1600 projects across Great Britain. Through its Small Grants Programme, the Trust offers grants of between £500 and £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) to registered charities for projects lasting up to 1 year (for organisations in Wales 6 months. Applications will be invited for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, healthy living initiatives, upholding human rights and facilitating reconciliation projects which help disadvantaged or at-risk groups. Applicants that are from organisations and community groups not formally registered as a charity with OSCR / Charity Commission can apply for up to £2,000 in funding. The closing date for applications is the 30th September 2016. Read more at:

Centre Manager: The Island (Bristol)
Deadline: 10th October 2016, 5:00pm
P/T role: 25hour per week (spread across 5 working days)
Occasional evening and weekend work
Salary: £19,500 – £21,450 PRO RATA depending on experience
Fixed term: 12 months
Please check link for further information and an application pack:

Director of Creative Engagement – Theatr Clwyd (Wales)
Position Details: Permanent (F/T) 
Grade TC01.5 (SCP from 36 – 40)
Salary: £31,288 - £35,093 (subject to the conclusion of a new House Agreement, including the pay model)
Location: Theatr Clwyd – Mold, Flintshire

High Peaks Community Arts: Business Development & Communications Manager
Salary: £25,693 - £27,394 pro rata, 2 days per week. 
Based in: New Mills, High Peak SK22 3BW
Deadline for applications: 5pm Wednesday 28th September. 
High Peak Community Arts is a small charity and limited company based in New Mills, covering the whole of the High Peak. We are recruiting a part time Business Development and Communications Manager on a 2 year temporary contract. Ideally, we would like a worker to join the team for 2 days / week. But we are open to a freelance proposal based on this fee. Job Purpose: To support income generation by raising awareness of High Peak Community Arts with partners, stakeholders, and the general public. To include devising and launching income generation through individual, private and corporate giving, and developing a stronger communications strategy with the team. For more information and application pack, email: or download from our website, Interviews: Tuesday 11th October.

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