“…real clowns are dismayed by the trend.” For this sad reflection on all things clownish, please click on the not-disturbing-in-the-slightest-bit photograph above. Apologies to any clowns this my cause offence too!
A Recoverist Manifesto
A S P I R I N G G R A P H I C D E S I G N E R W A N T E D
The first Recoverist Manifesto is complete - written up and with a forward by a very surprising and high-profile contributor! This 9 page publication is due off the press, but we need a graphic designer with a benevolent spirit to lend us a hand with the design. Although the coffers have dried up, we want a hard copy and online version this month. If the graphics are left to your very own blogger - they will be atrocious! So, if you have a few hours spare and an eye for typography and colour, email a link to your online portfolio and we can have a chat. firstname.lastname@example.org
When we think of surgery and our arts/health conversations, it seems like we are a million miles apart. Whilst not being an advocate for the arts as such, Gawande does something that is central to arts/health - he thinks and ultimately acts - differently. His philosophy is one that resonates deeply and alongside the Design Council’s vision statement Design for Care and our very own Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt’s study, The Long-Term Health Benefits of Participating in the Arts - we should have the basis for designing a very interesting symposium on the 12th February. Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in being involved in this free event. We are throwing everything into the mix to see what we might come up with, and will be in touch well before the Christmas break. There will be the inevitable 'eventbrite' page to sign up soon too!
Breaking Out of the Temples of Culture: Exploring Arts, Health and Wellbeing Initiatives in the Community
Institute for Public Policy & Professional Practice (I4P)
This symposium will take as its focus community-based cultural activities that seek to foster greater cultural engagement with the arts, facilitate more widespread active participation in culture, generate social capital and improve health and wellbeing in a variety of ways. To stimulate the discussions, we have invited a number of speakers – artists and representatives of cultural organisations – whose work, in different ways, is characterised by, or interested in, the interplay between cultural value and social capital. These activities include, but are not limited to, socially engaged art to local cultural festivals and the promotion, and exhibition of, arts and culture more broadly within local communities. http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/i4p/symposium-26th-november-2014/
The little video below is nothing to do with the Krip Hop Nation, but has some damn fine dancing. The Coup are pretty good and if you enjoy the little film, it may be worth clicking on this Boots Riley link. He's the bands singer and this interview with Fox TV is as good as it gets.
This year I had the pleasure of speaking at the UK Faculty of Public Health Annual Conference and you can read a small account of the shared presentation The Arts - Authenticity and Exchange in Public Health Today by clicking on the image above.