Sunday, 26 April 2015


Following last weeks Election Special, it’s worth keeping an eye on other commentators, with Arts Professional always distilling relevant information. Here’s an extract, but read more by clicking HERE.

“Six of the seven leading parties have now published their manifestos, revealing varying commitment to arts and culture. The Green Party is alone in its pledge to reverse the tide of cuts with an additional £500m for the arts, while UKIP say they would abolish the DCMS. {…} Labour makes a clear commitment to working with public bodies to rebalance funding across the country, while The Greens go a step further, pledging to “give local authorities powers to encourage local live performance in the arts by moving funding from the regional to the local level”. 
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This week I'm thinking of a friend who's up against it, so the blog is what it is - no more - no less...
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…and the World Happiness Index is out. Sweden and Iceland are at the top and Syria and Rwanda figure quite badly. You couldn't make it up! Read it by clicking on the link above if it rocks your boat.


"It's been two years, almost to the day, since I had a stroke" 

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The 4th International Public Health & Palliative Care Conference taking place in Bristol between the 11 and 16th May and this year dovetails beautifully with the city’s May Festival.  Find out more by clicking on the sugar skull poster.
Wish I was going!

Art, Design and New Technology for Health: The Sackler Conference 2015
Fri 19 June 2015 10:30 – 17:00 

The V&A, London
This conference will explore the role of interactive and digital art in healthcare environments. It will reflect on the principles of design in health and consider the potential of digital innovations to empower individuals and revolutionise healthcare experiences. Click on the hand below for more info.
Wish I was going - Oh - I am! I’m chairing part of the day. 
Come along and say hello, it looks a brilliant event.

Hilden Charitable Fund
The Hilden Charitable Fund is open for applications. Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantage, notably by supporting causes which are less popular. In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that address:
  Supports asylum seekers and refugees
  Supports community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people 16 – 25
  Penal affairs.
The average grant awarded is £5,000 and preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year. The Trust will consider funding project as well as core running costs of organisations. The closing date for applications is the 10th June 2015. Read more at:

British Academy - Small Research Grants 
The British Academy for the Humanities and Sciences has announced that its Small Research Grants programme has re-opened for applications. Through the Small Research Grants programme grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available over two years to UK research institutions to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Funds are available to:
  Facilitate initial project planning and development
  Support the direct costs of research
  Enable the advancement of research through workshops
  Visits by or to partner scholars.
All applications should demonstrate that Academy funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion of the Academy-funded component of the research. The closing date for applications is the 6th May 2015. Read more at:            

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