Sunday, 18 February 2018

Arts and Health - Exchange & Mart

Hold on to your hats, here's another completely free North West Arts & Health Network event!

What's all this? - another free event - and with a 100% genuine guarantee that there'll be no - absolutely no - arts and health free-marketeers taking your hard-earned cash. This is all about the people that drive social change, those who work in the field - artists, health and social care workers, volunteers and people who 'use' services. In short - the people who are part of this arts and health community because of their commitment and vision - those who see the bigger picture from a place of experience.

Arts for Health is partnering with Greggs* and the University of Life to present the umpteenth North West Arts and Health Suitcase! It will take place on Thursday 19 April 2018 at the Manchester School of Art. But just what's in the suitcase? - well, let's wait and see!

For now - and still keeping hold of your hats - let's think what we might be able to offer each other, and maybe what we need. What skills we have, what passions we are pursuing and even what resources we could share, or need. You might be bursting with ideas, that others could support you with. Individually and collectively - we've so much to learn from each other - and even more potential.

And this isn't about us trying to do things 'on the cheap' - on the contrary - it's about us thinking and doing things differently, gathering momentum and nurturing new possibilities.

Booking and much, much more very soon...

*denotes gibberish, but you must admit it got you hungry and kept you reading! Alas, there'll be no food, but I may push the boat out and get us some drinks! Plus I've tried to fit this event in at the end of the day, so most people that have daytime commitments, might be able to come along...

Liberace's first all singing and dancing music & health celebrity showtime

Grants to engage young people & adults in science & arts in the North West of England
Organisations (preferably with charitable status) based in the north-west of England are invited to approach the Granada Foundation with imaginative proposals for projects that will encourage and promote the study, practice and appreciation of science and the arts. The Foundation aims to make the region a richer and more attractive place in which to live and work. Currently, applications from projects that will engage and inspire people of all ages to take an interest in science are particularly welcome. Preference is given to new projects; festivals and other annual events are supported but there is no guarantee of year on year support. The Advisory Council of the Foundation meets to consider applications three times a year and the next closing date for applications is the 29th March 2018. Read more HERE.  

Grants to help new, innovative visual arts projects 
The Elephant Trust has announced the next deadline for applications is the 3rd April 2018. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects. It aims 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 given to artists and small organisations and galleries making or producing new work or exhibitions. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants of up to £5,000 may be considered. Read more HERE. 

Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Support Grants 
Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding to the Masonic Charitable Foundation's Community Support Grants Scheme. Funding is available for projects to:
Tackle financial hardship
Improve the lives of those affected by poor physical and/or mental health and wellbeing
Provide educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people
Tackle social exclusion and disadvantage.
Charities can apply for large grants of £5,000 and above or for small grants of between £500 and £5,000. The next closing date for applications to the small grants programme is the 23rd February 2018. For large grants programme it is the 25th May 2018. If applying for a Large Grant, applicants must first submit a Grant Enquiry Form.  The deadline for submitting the Grant Enquiry form is the 4th May 2018. Read more HERE, or by clicking on those Masonic Women above!

What A Life!

And in our series of occasional films to mark the the 70th anniversary of the NHS, this week we present: What A Life!

British Public Information Films (1949)
Director: Michael Law
Sponsor: Central Office of Information

"This Richard Massingham film is a bizarre contribution from the Crown Film Unit, and addresses the challenges Britain faced in the austere post-war era. Wartime enthusiasm and self-confidence had become seriously eroded by the crisis-laden year of 1947.  Domestically, the continuation of rationing, including for the first time bread (between 1946-48) and the fuel and economic crises, together with Indian independence, 1947 was largely a year that dented the immediate post war assurances.

Although the wartime Lend-Lease agreement had enabled Britain to continue its struggle against the Axis Powers alone, it gave the misleading appearance of the nation as a first-rank power. In the immediate post war years it gradually became hard to understand how as a winning power, head of a great empire, second only to USA in influence, became so austere and destitute.

The film has no obvious point beyond, as the British Film Institute pointed out, displaying Massingham's fondness for black humour and parodying along the way that familiar complaint, "the country is going to the dogs!" In fact this film caused some controversy in Parliament.  On 15 February 1949, the Conservative MP for Twickenham, Edward Keeling asked the President of the Board of Trade in the House of Commons. "Has the Lord President seen this film? Does he know that it shows two men so depressed by the conditions of life the in England today that they try to drown themselves, but make a mess of it? Does he really think that this is the sort of film on which £9,000 of taxpayers' money should be spent?" "


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