Saturday, 3 December 2016

Winter in America


Roll up, Roll up - it's that festive time of year when we should all get together and have a right old knees up! - it's time we got together for a natter about our arts and health world and all things uplifting and dispiriting! So, if you have a couple of hours free and want an agenda-less conversation about all our futures, we'll be having a networking-type-affair called What the HELL? - on Weds 14th December between 6:00pm and 7:30 at MMU. Thanks to those who've emailed, and details will be sent out next Monday. Want to come along? Register on the festive, Yo Ho Ho.


Divided times: how literature teaches us to understand 'the other'
Amanda Michalopoulou writes lucidly and poignantly about fear and division and how fiction helps dramatise difference and encourage empathy. From Homer to Goethe a literal exploration around the lived experience of people fleeing the horrors of their own counties, only to face the new horrors of fear and misunderstanding of other cultures. Superb thinking that yet again, shows how the arts are a most potent social determinant of health.

"If we leave the treatment of the refugee crisis to the mass media, if we forget the shipwrecked men of literature – from Odysseus and Robinson Crusoe to Michel Tournier’s Friday – we’ll remain trapped in the stereotypes of refugees as a homogeneous mass of people who have come to tyrannise the west. Literature transforms amorphous fear and pity into individualities. It tells us: the other is not what it seems."

This is an extract from the excellent Amanda Michalopoulou from her opening speech of the second international literature festival of Odessa and translated from Greek by Karen Emmerich, published HERE. 

'...a measure of humility.' Prof Stephen Hawking has been in the media -(perfectly echoing my reflections on our work and the ambiguities and uncertainties (and imagination) of theoretical physicists in An Air-Conditioned Nightmare) - writing on the elite and global inequalities.
Click HERE to read his thoughts.




ECTLECTRC PENCIL
Regular readers of this blog might know I've a vague aversion to the term 'outsider' when it just neatly exoticises people whose fragile life experiences are curated and reduced by those with vested interests. That said, I am always completely captivated by work of people who have been locked away from society and yet, who have imposed their own vision on the world. We have many examples of well regarded artists from all disciplines producing utterly compelling work, born of distress and difference. So it's always interesting to see a new name, and thanks to one eagle-eyed webster, I was sent a link to James Edward Deeds, Jr. 

"In one of the drawings discovered in a well-worn album, fished out of the trash in 1970 by a teenager in Springfield, Missouri, a wide-eyed woman points to a bouquet of flowers below the words “ECTLECTRC PENCIL.” It’s one of 283 hand-numbered sketches in crayon and pencil on ledger paper from State Hospital No. 3 in Nevada, Missouri, stitched together in the portfolio. When the boy, then an adult, finally sold the album in 2006, the unknown artist acquired the nickname “the Electric Pencil,” and the typos assumed to be the result of dyslexia." Read more HERE. 



The Drugs don't Work - well actually - they do...
"The active ingredient in magic mushrooms was given to terminal cancer patients: 80 per cent had immediate reductions in anxiety and depression which persisted for six months or longer. We think that's because psychedelics can change entrenched ways of thinking that people might otherwise not be able to tackle on their own..." Want to know more from this revelatory study? Click on the psychedelic rabbit below!



Clore Duffield Foundation Main Grants Programme
Grants are available to registered charities in support of the cultural sector in the UK. The Foundation is a grant-making charity which concentrates its support on cultural learning, creating learning spaces within arts and heritage organisations, leadership training for the cultural and social sectors, social care, and enhancing Jewish life. Grants range from below £10,000 to sums in excess of £1 million. The Foundation maintains a balance between supporting large-scale projects, with far-reaching effects, and small-scale community endeavours. Grants can be used for the following purposes:
Lottery match-funding.
Capital redevelopments and learning space initiatives.
Project and programme and revenue funding.
Read more HERE. 

Woodward Charitable Trust Main Grants
Deadline: 30th Dec
Grants are available to small-scale, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK in the following areas: isolated children and young people; prisoners and ex-offenders; disadvantaged women; disability; arts outreach; and community cohesion amongst minority groups. The Trust offers the following grants:
Small grants of between £100 and £5,000 (around 100 grants are made per year).
Large grants of over £5,000 (around five grants are made per year and these are usually awarded to charities already known to the Trustees).
Read more HERE. 



New Post for Inside Out Cymru: Freelance Project Manager
Deadline: 23rd Dec 2016
Inside Out Cymru would like to employ a freelance Project Manager as part of its sustainability strategy for the organisation. Inside Out Cymru provides a programme of integrated community arts workshops for adult mental health service users, people with learning difficulties/disabilities, people with dementia and for the general promotion of mental health and well-being across the South Wales Valleys area. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 23rd December 2016 and we will be inviting those short-listed for an interview on Tuesday 10th January 2017 for final selection.  For any further information including job description and person specification please contact info@inside-out-cymru.org with the words “IOC Project Manager” in the subject box or, for an informal chat, telephone Kevin on 07779 657789.

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

What the Hell?

Calling North West Arts and Health Network members - you are invited to What the Hell? - an evening with no agenda, but at which I may say a thing or two about this and that and you are invited to do likewise. On this rarest of rare occasions, I shall provide some crisps and drinks - so - who said glamour was dead? Call it a Christmas do, call it a fiasco, call it what you like, but between 6:00pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday 14th December we can have a get-together at MMU and discuss the things that matter. Email your intention to attend to me HERE and I'll send confirmation and venue next week. 

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Below, a short and beautiful film from Lithuania, and no, you don't need to speak Lithuanian to understand it. And on the subject of all things LT, my personal congratulations to Simona Karpavičiūtė on the awarding of her PhD in Public Health - much hard work and well deserved. The counties first pioneering arts and health researcher.


It is with some sadness and disquiet that I report two humans, completely unknown to me, died in a fire in Manchester on Friday. I read that they were sleeping rough and had made a fire to keep warm in a building in the freezing hours of Friday morning. Still, I'm sure Black Friday - for what its worth - went swimmingly well later that day.



Arts-In-Health Program Manager
Queensland Health (Organisation site) 
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Children’s Health Queensland

As the Arts-In-Health Program Manager you will be responsible for developing, managing and delivering an integrated Arts-In-Health program for CHQ HHS which aims to improve patient, family and staff wellbeing and to help build a therapeutic environment which reflects the diversity and richness of the HHS community and Queensland population. Click HERE. 

Black Panther Party
I just about love everything Khalid Raheem says about his time in the Black Panther Party. Click on the picture below to read his story.



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Sunday, 20 November 2016

...Weapons of Mass Happiness



WoMH
So - in Australia I shared a heavily abridged version of a book chapter I've written that will be published in 2017 called Weapons of Mass Happiness, and here is the 'presentation' version with probably the most appalling voice over I've yet done. But in all fairness, it was recorded in one take, in an echoey kitchen, on my phone and under trying circumstances. It is what it is.

Yes - this blog has been quiet while I've been working away, but my head is crammed with things Trump, Brexit and so much more. (You can see some blog entries below, which include some important funding opportunities, so do take a look) Part of me holds back from spilling too much acid here, as I know some of you come to the blog for opportunities, grants, jobs etc - but I know too - some of you are waiting for the simmering bile to erupt. So let's just leave the whole thing to ferment for now, and see what comes...

Woodward Charitable Trust (UK)
The Woodward Charitable Trust, which is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts has announced that it General Grant making programme is open for applications. Applications are welcomed from UK registered charities working addressing a wide range of social issues. This includes:
  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour
  • Projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders
  • Disadvantaged women, covering refuges, domestic violence and parenting
  • Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically disabled or learning disabled
  • Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups, including refugees and travellers.
The fund offers grants of up to £5,000 through their small grants scheme and grants of over £5,000 through their large grants scheme. The closing date for applications is the 16th December 2016. Read more HERE.

Community Solutions Fund (North West)
The Community Solutions Fund is a partnership between the Santander Foundation and Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside to make grant investments in the North of England to support projects that increase knowledge, skills and innovation that help disadvantaged people improve confidence. Grants of £5,000 are available to registered charities, CIC's and credit unions for projects that meet one of the following themes:
  • ‘Explorer' - improving people's knowledge
  • ‘Transformer' - supporting skills and experience for any age group to reduce social isolation
  • ‘Changemaker' - innovative solutions to social challenges.
  • Priority is given to smaller organisations to help build capacity; costs must be specifically for the delivery of an identified project and must support a project in full.
The closing date for applications is the 25th November 2016; there is sufficient budget for 12 grants therefore the fund may close earlier if a large number of applications are received. Read more HERE. 



Nesta Impact Investments (UK)
Nesta, the UK's Innovation Foundation has announced that it is looking to invest in social ventures with innovative products or services that are addressing some of the UK's most pressing challenges. In particular, Nesta are seeking innovations that have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of an ageing population; the educational attainment and employability of children and young people; and the social and environmental sustainability of communities. Nesta providing investments of between £150,000 and £1m in early-stage ventures based in, and supplying their products and services in the UK. Read more HERE. 
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Sunday, 13 November 2016

...unmentionable horrors


In Sydney, I’m honoured to be giving the Mike White Memorial Address and in doing so, hope to generate some thinking around culture and the arts in this time of burgeoning inequalities and social injustices. Mike died last June and his presence and erudite observations will be sorely missed by all of us gathering at the eighth International Arts & Health Conference. 

He was a superb thinker and speaker, and an impossible act to follow.

What on earth would he have made of the colossal mess of the gated community that is the UK, the unfolding chaos of Brexit and the unmentionable horrors over in the
Land of the Free. Which ever way voters were going in either country, they were inevitably influenced by a rabid press, fixated on caricatures and propagating bullshit, whilst all the time the complacent masses carried on shopping, facebooking, having it off and perhaps, just perhaps - not giving the longer-term any deeper thought than their pithily constructed 140 character postings and gurning great selfies. Bloody hell - we’re an ugly world, and our democratically elected politicians adequately reflect this vacuity. 

Almost 47% of the electorate didn’t vote in the US, and now there are riots about the results. Hmmm! Which ever way it was going, it was going to be unpalatable. Now it’s ugly and we can only hope apathy before future elections is replaced by pro-activism - and that we all challenge the complicit press in their lazy, self-serving ‘reportage’. So - histrionics - self aggrandisement - manipulation of the truth and delusional self-centred individualism. Narcissism is the dish du jour, and much more on that very soon. 

With civic engagement in mind, perhaps people should take part in surveys like this one.


Gulbenkian Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations: invitation to take part in a new survey
What Next? is working with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC) on an Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations. The first phase of the Inquiry (until December 2016) is focused on research, mapping the landscape, defining what we mean by 'civic' and the 'civic role' and identifying examples of existing great practice. You can read more about the survey HERE. 


Keeping the theme going, (and thanks to Arts Development UK)
If you Care about the Future of Art Education (England), email your MP NOW! "This year we saw an 8% drop in the uptake of arts subjects from the previous year and the decline was confirmed by the Department for Education (DfE) when they announced a further 1.7% decline in the number of students taking at least one arts based GCSE. At the recent debate in Parliament, several of the MPs that spoke mentioned how much they were moved by letters they had received from their constituents concerning the importance of creativity and the negative impact the EBacc is having on it. We need to keep up the pressure so we are asking you, today, to please write again – or for the first time – to your Member of Parliament asking them to oppose the EBacc. The Bacc for the Future has been highly successful so far in campaigning against the EBacc. It’s very easy to email your local MP if you follow this link - there is a template letter which you can copy and paste to your MP by inserting your postcode. It takes less than a minute so please, if possible, please do show your support by emailing your MP.”


The Isle is Full of Noises
by Victoria Hume
The Isle is Full of Noises is a sound and animation installation that explores what it is like to hear voices. It is largely based on a workshop held in summer 2016 in Durham with people who hear voices. The workshop reinforced the need to challenge widespread prejudice about voice-hearing, and to assert that not only is this a normal phenomenon, but that ‘we are people, that have lots of other things going on; voice-hearing is just a tiny part of that’.
Click on the video below for more.


Arts Access and Participation Fund (UK)
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced the latest grants to be awarded through its Arts Access and Participation fund. Through the fund grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to test, implement and develop ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. Priority will be given to projects working in areas of social and economic deprivation outside of London. Applications for funding can be submitted at any time. Read more HERE.


Artists International Development Fund (England)
The next application deadline for the Arts Council England's Artists International Development Fund is 5pm on the 22nd March 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 their 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 a letter of support from the overseas partner/host. Read more HERE.   


Brexit Report highlights challenges ahead for UK’s creative industries
A new report from the Creative Industries Foundation has identified freedom of movement and a loss of EU funding as two key concerns for the sector in a post-Brexit landscape. The 73-page report outlines how the creative industries can ‘survive and thrive post-Brexit’ and was produced from evidence provided by around 500 contributors at 11 meetings held by nationwide. Information and opinions were also gathered from a members’ survey. The foundation, a not-for-profit company with more than 1000 members from across the sector including a-n, is also calling for the government to use the Brexit decision – which 96% of its members voted against – as an opportunity to ‘reboot education and training’ for young people. Read more HERE.

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Monday, 31 October 2016

Genitals


What a time! 
That conference in Dubbo was just about as goods it gets.
A chance for socially engaged artists to take stock, share and expand horizons.
I’ve been overwhelmed by my immersion into the realities of First Nation politics and arts practice. I realise I’m not even scratching the surface. Thank you to all of you who shared your thinking and for those very positive responses to my work. It means a lot. Thank you for your invitation Elizabeth.

(I know I've drawn you in with the offer of genitals this week, so please hang on in there, and I promise we'll discuss them very soon...)

This was an opportunity to set up the tanks on the lawn of the palace and fire some warning shots about the increasingly stagnating mono-cultural approach to arts/health. Yes we’re dong some good work, but the insidious platitudes of trussed up middle-England twerps needs scuppering.* As our movement evolves and engages with mainstream arts and cultural practitioners and organisations, we need to diversify. We need to take stock of all our good work, but be honest with ourselves about all our futures.

This conference has fired me up with new ideas and introduced me to some profound and important stories. Great meeting like-minded people who are bound by a commitment to cultural change (albeit in different contexts). It was reassuring to speak to so many people who had not only heard of our Gross Brexit Stupidity, but who were horrified by it, seeing those unfolding ramifications. 


So my key-note to conference suggested that we take a salutary look at ourselves and ask; are our organisations and institutions who are leading this work really representative of contemporary society? A recent audit of national and international organisations advocating on behalf of the arts/health community found them to be devoid of diversity, and like your ruminating blogger - middle aged and white. Change is needed. Of course I took a swift pop at the chops of the doyens of happiness, by way of heroin, ecstasy and the social poison of choice - consumer products. 

If any Australian readers fancy hearing me present, Weapons of Mass Happiness, come along to the Arts Gallery of New South Wales to the 8th Annual International Arts and Health Conference organised by the Australian Centre for Arts and Health. Thank you Margret for making this happen.

Finally - on the Australian front for now - I am guest of the University of New South Wales and exploring OCD for a new piece of action research that I'll share at a festival in 2017. Thank you Jill for that! Much, much more on that very soon...




The Genital Touch:
Understanding male cancers past and present      

Wed 23 Nov 5.30 – 7.00pm      
Manchester Central Library


Today, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, although this has not always been the case. For International Men’s Day on 19 November, join two expert speakers to find out more about the diagnosis and treatment of male cancers past and present. Agnes Arnold-Forster (Kings College London) explains the connections made between cancers and manhood in the nineteenth century, while Dr Ian Banks (President of the European Men’s Health Forum) will look at how understanding men and cancer is a public health concern today. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend!
Please register your name HERE.


(so, the genitals header may have seemed a little glib - it wasn't - it is a serious as it gets. This is important - so spread the word)

Examining the utility of music interventions for children with learning disabilities
Monday 28th November

Music is a source of stimulation and of reflection for everyone and for all time. The use of music to soothe a troubled mind reaches back into the distant past: David the shepherd played his harp to calm the moody King Saul. In modern times, music is provided to children affected by a range of conditions such as autism or chronic neurological disorders - but do we have the evidence of benefit which stands scrutiny? The topic of arts interventions in medicine, following many years of arts/music activities for children with learning disabilities in hospitals and homes, has come under increased research scrutiny in recent years. 

Live Music Now has for years been promoting and organising professional musicians in special schools, hospitals, hospices and residential homes for the disadvantaged in society, principally for the young with disabilities and for the elderly, has won awards for its activities and is actively involved with projects to demonstrate the positive effects of such music interventions in improving health. This is the second conference organised jointly by Live Music Now and the Royal Society of Medicine. Click HERE.

Community Radio Fund to Opens for Applications

Telecom's Regulator Ofcom, has announced that the Community Radio Fund has re-opened for applications. Funding is available to not-for-profit radio stations that have a social purpose, and work to involve their target community in running the service. Funding will be available to Community Radio Stations towards their core running costs. These can include:
Management costs
Administration, financial management & reporting costs
Fundraising to support the station
Community outreach work
The costs involved in using volunteers; etc.
There was no upper limit of grant that can be applied for, however applicants are asked to take note of previous grants awarded for an indication of realistic award figures. Grants can only be made to community radio licensees which are broadcasting under a community radio license (and not an RSL, for example). The average grant awarded over the last few years has been in the region if £15,000. The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 16th November 2016. Read more HERE. 



GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund 
Food manufacturer, Mars has announced that its GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund will re-open for applications on the 7th November 2016. Every week, until 26th February 2017, the Fund will be looking to help local community groups, schools and charities across the UK and Ireland by awarding five £300 cash awards a week. Organisations and groups can enter online via galaxyhotchocolate.com. Each organisation can only enter once. Four of these will be awarded by a judges' panel. There will also be a People's Choice Award every week which will be awarded to the entry with the most votes in any given week. Read more HERE. 

Ashley Family Foundation Extends Application Deadline 
The Ashley Family Foundation, which supports projects that protect rural communities and encourage participation in the arts, particularly textiles has extended the application deadline for its grants programme to 5.30 pm on the 18th November 2016. The Foundation's policy is to give half of the funds available to Welsh projects and it will give priority to good small scale arts projects in England and Wales. The Foundation also welcome proposals from small scale community textile museums/organisations. No minimum or maximum funding levels but potential applicants should call to discuss their ideas before applying. Read more HERE. 



BIG launches £40 Million Youth Investment Programme 
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has announced that it is accepting applications to it new £40 million Youth Investment Fund. The Youth Investment Fund will support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) youth organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality local youth provision in targeted communities across England. Successful applicants will have funding available up until 2020. Funding of between £50,000 and £150,000 per year is available for up to 3 years within six geographical clusters (West Midlands Urban, London East, Tees Valley & Sunderland, Bristol & Somerset, Eastern Counties and Liverpool City Region), will need to have a strong track record of delivering services to young people aged 10-18 (up to 25 if disabled) and have an annual income in the region of £300,000 to £2 million. In addition, to ensure that the size of the funding is proportionate to the size of the applicant's organisation, BIG would also expect the average annual grant to be no more than 25% of the annual income. BIG anticipate funding in the region of 60-75 applications within the targeted areas. The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 11th November 2016. Read more HERE. 

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 January 2017. Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations 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. 

*For the purpose of this blog posting, (and blog posting in general) I'm looking for a short-hand to describe this insidious sort, but find myself resorting to long-hand instead. So let's lance the boil, get it of the chest. I’d like you to imagine a preposterous little man. A dullard, a glassy eyed and self important business man all dressed up in his ill-fitting suit, talking the part, walking the walk - but devoid of experience, talent or vision. A deluded middle manager and ephemeral piece of fluff - an unoriginal sort, riding on the backs of others more talented. Strutting and self important - fixated on the BIGGEST, the BEST, the FIRST.
From now on, the shorthand - Trevor Jolly - the pompous pillock.

                                                                                        

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:

STORYTELLING FOR HEALTH CONFERENCE
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.  

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

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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.


A SOCIAL POISON
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 Spacehive.com 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. 


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