Saturday, 27 January 2018


Thank you to all of those who came along to HOME on Tuesday to be part of the Harmonic Oscillator and Critical Care. The book is available in 1/200 limited edition from the HOME bookshop, or online in the UK here and in Australia here. It’s been a profound journey and my personal thanks to those who’ve enabled us to create our work and share the stories behind it all. To all those who enabled us to share and develop including HOME, TATE Liverpool, Socialiniai Meno Projektai, The Big Anxiety Festival, Culture Health & Wellbeing International Conference and everyone at Alder Hey - thank you. To Jane R, Vicky C and to Vic who made it all possible - the biggest thank you.
To Emma and Elisha - words fail me this time.

Here’s a song to break up the blog!

Culture & the Arts as Social Determinants of Health
For those of you eager to attend the next North West Arts & Health Network event on 6th February - and if you’ve expressed an interest - I’ll be sending place confirmations out on Tuesday 30th. I have way more people than I can accommodate (sorry) and preference will be given to those from the region. You can read the details HERE, but the draft agent and timings will be emailed out on Tuesday. 

…and hot on the tail of Creative Health for those of you who doubted the value of the arts, here’s a systematic review of evidence around the impact of the visual arts on mental health and wellbeing. Phew it’s a relief to find out that the arts have some value on our psychic terrain. Who's have thunk it?

Visual arts, mental health & wellbeing: evidence review 
This review looks at the subjective, or self-reported, wellbeing outcomes of visual arts projects aimed at adults who are experiencing, or have experienced, diagnosed mental health conditions. The visual arts practices featured in the studies included forms of painting or drawing, art appreciation with selected art forms, artmaking culminating in an exhibition, and more general creative and craft activities that included visual artefacts such as ceramics or sculpture.
Overall, the evidence available in this review shows that engaging in the visual arts for adults with mental health conditions can: reduce reported levels of depression and anxiety: increase self-respect, self-worth and self-esteem
encourage and stimulate re-engagement with the wider, everyday social world: support in participants a potential re-negotiation of identity through practice-based forms of making or doing.
You can download a briefing and the full report by clicking on the sign with the sharp edges - but be careful.

Funding for creatives in England to build links with another country
Hoping to expand your international horizons? Apply to the Artists’ International Development Fund, an initiative from the British Council and Arts Council England to help artists and creative practitioners develop skills and collaborate internationally. Read more HERE.


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