On the 5th July, Dr Iona Heath, author of Matters of Life and Death and recent President of the Royal College of General Practitioners opens MORALITY and gives a free public lecture: Memento Mori. On the 8th July, Consultant Oncologist and founder of Medicine Unboxed Dr Sam Guglani; Palliative Care Manager and author Molly Carlile and singer songwriter Victoria Hume all contribute to a range of exhibition themed free events. Details by clicking on the flyer.
The National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing is indeed working with the partnership that makes up the UK Arts and Health Research Network to do just this, but developing that rich contextual framework, or Cultural Barometer, that isn’t skewed to simplistic reductionism and that allows rich narrative to sit alongside more quantitative methods will only work if its not driven by narrow interpretations of arts/health and that isn’t driven by commercial gain or organisational ego. Critically, this work needs to be developed through receptive consultation and not reductionist dogma.
What I’d have liked to have said, but didn’t have the opportunity or time - particularly around the deeply important issue of giving services users a voice - links into my earlier disability to fully contribute to the inequalities debate. So, here is a thought on this important question.
I love the connections between art and science. I’m inspired by science and exquisite engineering and those people who are pursuing a notion, or a hunch based on their investigations and the available evidence. They’re pursuing a hypothesis. Testing, experimenting and refining. Wonderful. But the arts too, have the richest of languages, and it's my hunch that its through our cultural inventiveness, our curiosity and our inherently provocative nature that the way we understand our diverse practice and its impacts, will best be understood by and through the arts.