Thursday, 9 January 2014


Dementia and Imagination
There are 3 weeks left to get your expression of interest in, if you’re interested being recruited as a contemporary artist in one of our three research sites. Click on the ground below for details.

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Dr Katherine Taylor to the arts and health community too! Katherine will be taking up her post in February, as a Research Associate with me working on the Dementia and Imagination project. She is a clinical psychologist who will bring bags of experience, knowledge, passion and creativity to this field of work, and I am thrilled to be working with her. Welcome Katherine!

Evaluating the Relationship between Physical Activity and Mental Health
A Research Development Award has been secured by Arts for Health to conduct research under the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Cultural Value Project. Between February and July 2014, we’ll be undertaking an evaluation of the ways in which the long-term relationship between arts participation and physical and mental health is currently being addressed in the UK and internationally. Arts and health professionals will be consulted about metrics appropriate to assessing their work, and recommendations will be made to aid longitudinal measurement of the relationship between the arts and health. More details very soon. But for now, the Pitiful Pillow will take you to the sublime Irma Thomas.

Public Health and Vulnerable Groups: 
Access to Quality Health Care Services
From 28 June to 10 July 2010, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) organised the 16th edition of the ASEF University (AU16) in partnership with the Medical University of Łódź. As a component of the overall activities of the ASEF Public Health Network on “Health and Vulnerable Groups” (2010-2011), AU16 was themed “Public Health and Vulnerable Groups: Access to Healthcare Services”. AU16 engaged 28 participants from 26 ASEM countries in experts’ lectures and interactive workshops, to which Arts for Health contributed. The final output of AU16 was a set of policy recommendations drafted by the participants. In line with ASEF’s mission, ASEFUAN organises projects that promote intercultural dialogue between Asia and Europe, particularly among the younger generations. This publication contains background information on AU16, its programme, summaries of sessions by the experts, as well as the policy recommendations developed by the participants. Click on the image below for details.

Accurate Scenarios Active Preparedness:
Multi-sector Pandemic Preparedness
This booklet is an outcome of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) - Accurate Scenarios Active Preparedness (ASEF-ASAP) project, in which Arts for Health took part. The publication has the first-hand information on the rationale behind the development as well as the applications of the ASEF-ASAP scenarios. These scenarios were developed through a series of participatory workshops organised by the ASEF Public Health Network. The publication is produced with the active contribution of a number of participants from multiple sectors that have a stake in pandemic preparedness across Asia and Europe. This guarantees the necessary relevance of the scenarios for a broad range of actors who will be involved in effective future pandemic preparedness. Click on the image below.

New programme for disabled artists 
(England & Wales)
Following the successful Unlimited project which was at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and celebrated the work of disabled artists, Shape and Arts admin have been awarded £1.5 million by Arts Council England to deliver a new three year commissioning programme to support disabled artists in developing ambitious and high quality work, will be delivered throughout England and Scotland.  'Unlimited' will not only help disabled artists develop their practice and encourage the development of new relationships and collaborations with producers, venues and promoters, but will also increase distribution of disabled artists' work (through digital means and touring up to an international level), affording greater opportunities for audiences to see the work.  The funding is available both to individual disabled artists and organisations applying on behalf of disabled artists. The deadline for applications is 12noon on the 17th February 2014. Read more at

People's Postcode Trust Small Grants Programme (Scotland, Wales & N England)
The People's Postcode Trust has announced that its small grants programme is due to re-open for applications on the th January 2014 and close on the 22nd February 2014. Through its small grants programme, the People's Postcode Trust offers grants of between £500 and £10,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 6 months in the areas of Poverty Prevention; Advancement of Health; Community Development; Public Sports; Human Rights; and Environmental Protection. Eligible regions for this funding round will be Scotland, Wales and the North of England. Read more by clicking on the empty room below.  

Creative Employment Programme (England)
The UK Government has announced that the next closing date for applications to the Creative Employment programme is the 10th January 2014. The £15 million, National Lottery funded programme is aimed at increasing work and training opportunities for unemployed young people. The programme will provide funding for 6,500 new traineeships, apprenticeships and paid internship opportunities to help young unemployed people aged 16 to 24 enter the arts and cultural workforce. The programme will provide part wage grants to employers who create new apprenticeship and internship job opportunities for young unemployed people aged 16-24.Read more at:

Welcome Trust People's Awards (UK)
Awards of up to £30,000 are available under the Wellcome Trust's “Peoples” Awards for projects that encourage public debate and understanding of biomedical science. Funding can be for up to three years. Applications can be made by a wide variety of individuals, organisations and partnerships. The next applications deadline is the 31st January 2014. The Trust also makes “Society” Awards.  These are grants in excess of £30,000.  The next preliminary application deadline for “Society” Awards is 5pm on the 28 March 2014. Read more at:

Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund (UK)
The National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) has announced that it is seeking applications through the Social Action Innovation Fund. This is a £14 million Fund to support the growth of innovations that mobilise people's energy and talents to help each other, working alongside public services.  Through the programme, charities, social enterprises, public services and for-profit businesses can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £500,000.  While applicants can be established in any part of the UK, the benefits of their proposals should focus primarily or significantly on England.   The Innovation Fund will focus on a small number of big social challenges.  The current priority is helping unemployed people improve their skills and get back to work, including through supporting enterprise and self-employment. To apply organisations need to submit an Expression of Interest form by the 31st March 2014. Read more by clicking on the sad pie face.

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