Friday, 27 July 2018

Bumper Summer Fun Edition #1

Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change 
A month ago today, I launched the Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change (MIAHSC) and began to explore how small and large organisations across Greater Manchester might work together to redefine this arts and health agenda, building on research,  policy and practice.  I’ll be facilitating  the second event on 6th September at the Manchester School of Art, where for a couple of hours we’ll start to develop our own statement of intent, or concordat under the banner of  The Manchester Declaration. For those of you who have been involved in arts and health activity for some time, I’ll be creating something using a similar methodology to when we compiled the Manifesto for Arts & Health back in 2011.

So it will explore our aspirations and how we’re going to get there! This session is focused on those living or working in Greater Manchester and is already filling up. Of course it’s a free event, which means often people book a place then don’t turn up - so please, try to be certain about committing to it and being part of this ground-swell of activity - after all - we’re more than the sum of our parts.

Book a place HERE of by clicking on the banner above.

For those of you with eager eyes, you may have noticed that I’m constructing a new website for the Manchester Institute, which you can access HERE. But please be gentle with your critique - I’m no web designer - and am slowly building this thing, and that’s the key: it’s a slow burn - not rushed - not a quick hit - but growing incrementally and informed by what we all contribute.


….was a profound and moving performance at the Royal Exchange Theatre last week which explored the experiences of people living in tower blocks in Manchester and has been a 3-year partnership with One Manchester housing and community services - a canny collaboration. This new work was created and performed by the tower-block residents and took take place in The Studio at the Royal Exchange. In a completely packed-out theatre, audience members were exposed to the raw reality of contemporary life for people who in there own words feel demonised and bogged down by others assumptions.

 At times confrontational, at other times uplifting and poetic, this work produced by Tracie Daly took me on an emotive rollercoaster ride and twenty first century reality-check. None of the cast were actors - as far as I’m aware - and the mix of vulnerability and strength that they exuded gave the perfect balance of a work that was neither preachy - or worse still - Leg’s Akimbo. You can read a review HERE.

 The leap from the studio to the main theatre space, would be one I’m sure, that would intimidate (or inhibit) the cast of this performance, but my one frustration with the work is that even more people don’t get to experience the visceral potentiality of relevant and powerful theatre. It provides us with troubling evidence of inequalities and whilst it doesn’t attempt to offer solutions - it articulates a deeper understanding of the social poison that is endemic in our communities - if we only bother to listen.

So - you wait all day for a good job to come along - then two come along at once!
London Arts in Health Forum are seeking a new director
Deadline: 10 September 2018 10:00 am

Interviews: 24th September 2018

London Arts in Health Forum is recruiting a new Director. After 15 years establishing the organisation as a leading voice for the role of creativity in wellbeing, LAHF’s founder Director is moving on and the organisation is seeking an inspiring leader to develop and deliver its future. In order to apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit a CV, two references and an expression of interest (maximum 800 words) to Full details HERE.

Salary £35,000 pa + (depending on experience)
Application deadline: noon, Tuesday 28 August 2018

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is seeking an exceptional individual to lead our award-winning arts and digital culture agency.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for the right candidate to take forward our innovative, ambitious and influential organisation as we approach our 10th anniversary.
Full details on AND’s background, the role of the Director and their responsibilities, the Person Specification and details about how to apply can be found in the application information pack HERE.

Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health
The Atlantic Fellows program at GBHI provides innovative training in brain health, leadership, and dementia prevention to a broad array of promising leaders from various professions, including medicine, science, business, law, journalism, social science, and the arts. Through their work, Fellows are expected to emphasize local and global health inequities that need to be addressed by practitioners and policymakers, with the goal of transforming local communities around the world. Atlantic Fellows will join the program for 12 months* and have a base at the University of California, San Francisco or Trinity College Dublin. A core curriculum of weekly courses in economics, epidemiology, law and ethics, leadership, neuroscience, public policy, and statistics constitutes part of the experience. Fellows also engage in projects aimed at advancing brain health and have opportunities to work with individuals with cognitive disorders. Through intensive mentoring, Fellows are guided in the development of their projects, careers, leadership, policy change, and impact on brain health. find out more and apply HERE.

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