Sunday, 29 January 2017

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

No prizes for guessing who this is about! But you may be wrong - if you’re thinking it’s the pop-eyed Oberbürgermeister der Künste und Gesundheit, or his leather-fisted crony — we’ll save our vitriol for another day for that talentless fraud. 

From ‘extreme vetting,’ to wall and pipeline building - committing to dismantling progressive healthcare reform with its inevitable impact on women seeking terminations - the US is looking pretty bleak. I noticed too that, he has signed an ‘executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States – developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new tools, developing resources for our men and women in uniform. And I’m very proud to be doing that.’

Not one for the youtube ‘viral’ videos, I couldn’t help watch, (and subsequently break into a confused and frustrated smile over) the ‘bad lip-reading’ video of donald. Awful and cathartic (slightly). Click on the repellent man to view it.

Next week I'll try to put donald to one side, and hope to post a little Dementia & Imagination special, following a showcase of some of our research at the Wellcome Trust on Tuesday this week.
Photographer and animator Tamzin Forster started her project as a New Year’s Resolution in 2016 and credits her creative combination of running and photography with helping her to combat stress. 
Read the details about her forthcoming exhibition by clicking on the flyer below. 

National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing 
The All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry has hosted 13 round tables which have involved over 350 artists, participants, providers, academics and other stakeholders making presentations to parliamentarians, or contributing to Q&As as audience members. There were approximately 200 submissions of practice examples, many of which will be cited in the Inquiry Report. Already the Inquiry is proving to be a fantastic opportunity for the sector to have their voices heard. The Inquiry Report will be launched in Parliament on 13th June and will be the subject of Lord Howarth’s keynote at the Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference in Bristol the following week.

Grzegorz Rogala and Joanna Krzyszton at LEVEL
The commitment to showcasing the work of international artists at the LEVEL Centre, Rowsley continues apace with a series of installations by Polish artists Grzegorz Rogala and Joanna Krzyszton. For 2 weeks from Friday 10 February the Warsaw artists will invite audiences of all abilities and ages to come and animate the installations, including groups from across the county with learning disabilities (LEVEL’s primary audience). Friday 17 February, 6.30-9pm is the Showcase Event, when local artists and audiences are invited to the LEVEL Centre to view and interact with the installations. The Thursday 16 February showcase is an open event with no need to book, but those interested in attending the weekday daytime shows should pre-book by telephoning the Level Centre on 01629 734848 or emailing

Ashley Family Foundation Grants Programme re-opens
(England & Wales)
The Ashley Family Foundation, which supports projects that protect rural communities and encourage participation in the arts, particularly textiles, has announced that the next funding round will open for applications in February 2017. Priority will be given to small scale arts projects in England and Wales. The Foundation also welcomes proposals from small scale community textile museums/organisations. No minimum or maximum funding levels are given but potential applicants should call to discuss their ideas before applying. Details HERE. 

Funding for charities to develop an effective web presence (UK)
The Transform Foundation has funding available to help charities to develop an effective web presence. In collaboration with Raising IT, the largest UK provider of charity websites, the £18,000 funding package will help:
  • To equip charities with the technology to transform their organisation
  • A digital engagement focused strategy to futureproof the charity
  • A professionally designed website to inspire supporters
  • Measurement built in to help the charity track results and maximise impact.

The grants will cover 100 per cent of the upfront costs which means that grant recipient will only need to fund ongoing costs. To be eligible, applicants must have an income of between £400,000 and £20 million. (Organisations outside of this income range may apply, but depending on the nature of the project, a preliminary discussion may be required to determine whether it is appropriate). The first step is to submit an online application. Charities will hear back in one week whether they've been selected for stage 2. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until at least the first half of 2017. Read more by entering the green void below.

                                                                          All Will Be Fine

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