Sunday, 22 February 2015

"…the quiet attention of others."

Coral Mallow
An evening with George Khut
So after all the brilliant feedback from last week’s Chaos & Comfort event, and keeping my promise, I’m pleased to confirm that we'll be hosting three FREE events over the next few months - another 'big event' in June and before that, another visit from Vic McEwan in later March, but before that the Australian artist, academic and interaction-designer, George Khut! 

George is part of the forthcoming exhibition at FACT, Group Therapy - Mental Distress in a Digital Age and a friend of Arts for Health. For the past 12 years he has been working with biofeedback technologies, creating intimate, body-focussed interactive artworks experiences, that re-frame our experiences of embodiment and presence. In addition to presenting his work in fine-arts galleries and museums, he has been developing new audiences for interactive and participatory art with exhibitions and research projects in hospitals, starting with The Heart Library Project at St. Vincent’s Public Hospital in 2009, and more recently with his collaboration with Dr Angie Morrow, Staff Specialist in Brain Injury at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Kids Rehab. George will be sharing his work on Tuesday 3rd March at 6:00 until 7:30pm at Manchester School of Art. As with most of our networking events, if you want to share your own practice or research, we'd welcome input from those of you exploring digital art and new technologies. There are limited places at this event. Find out more and register for a place by clicking HERE. Watch one of George's films about pain relief for children undergoing painful procedures below.

“...the quiet attention of others”
Again I recommend the reflective and poetic blog of Mike White as he shares the day-to-day realities of his palliative care. 

Conference and study visits
Insights and Tools for Managing Arts Projects with Societal Impact
July 7th 2015 in Tallinn
A vital question today is how art and culture can interact with and enrich the society. The first MAPSI (Managing Art projects with Societal Impact) international conference, held in Tallinn, July 7th 2015, aims to bring together researchers, academics, students and educators as well as practitioners involved with artistic and societal activities in order to explore the emerging issues around the managing art project with societal impact topic. We are focusing on contributions where arts and cultural issues are managed to achieve public and societal objectives from various disciplines; all management approaches, cultural policy, social sciences art and economics. As a part of the conference, the study visits to organisations involved with societal impact of art will take place. The program will be also enriched with the optional study visits on July 6th and showcasing of Estonian music. Click on the photograph of Linnahall, the former V.I. Lenin Palace of Sports and Culture, to find out more.

Get Creative
Perhaps as a reward for diligently paying your TV Licence fee, the BBC feel compelled to do something for the larger public good - whatever - here is their current public engagement offer...

Get Creative is a major celebration of the nation's arts, culture and creativity. Led by the BBC and What Next? in collaboration with a huge range of arts, cultural and voluntary organisations, everyone is invited to get involved and share their creative talents. Get Creative will launch on 19 February 2015 with a week of debates and activity across the BBC and around the UK and will last for 12 months. The campaign will culminate in a celebratory weekend over 20 & 21 February 2016. 

Ambition Giving
Grants of up to £2,000
Deadlines: 2 March 2015, 30 April 2015, 31 July 2015, and 30 October 2015.
Ambition, a leading national youth charity, has launched Ambition Giving. As part of the charity’s 90th anniversary celebrations it is offering grants throughout 2015 to groups in the UK to help deliver activities to young people (under the age of 24 years) in their community. The funding will support a wide variety of projects and is open to applications from young people, youth clubs, charities, community groups, resident associations and voluntary organisations. Ambition has at number of overarching outcomes for all of its programmes including, Improved health (both physical and mental).

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK)
The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 13th April 2015. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The Trust's aim is 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. 

Oliver Sacks talks about his recent terminal prognosis 
"Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure." Read more by clicking on the image below.


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