Sunday, 16 September 2018

As long as the wind blows...

Armchair Gallery: Art, Technology and Older People
23 October 2018, 10:30am to 3:30pm
The Lowry | Pier 8 | The Quays | Salford | M50 3AZ
We can’t all get to the gallery …

Created by City Arts (Nottingham), Armchair Gallery is a forthcoming app for iOS and Android. The app brings world-class art and culture into the home and is designed specifically for older people. Led by experienced artist Claire Ford, this training offers a first look at the Armchair Gallery app. You’ll learn how to run creative art sessions for older people, including dementia patients, using the app as part of our specially devised workshop model.

This training will cover:
A preview of the Armchair Gallery app – which offers virtual tours of seven world class cultural venues
Using art and heritage artefacts to inspire and engage older people with dementia
Practical advice on using iPads or Android tablets with older people
Using the ‘Timeslips’ method as part of a creative workshop
The importance of multi-sensory exploration, and how to address all five senses in you workshops
Cost £25 (lunch provided)

Suitable for health providers, care staff and creative practitioners working in a range of settings. Click HITHER.

Events Coordinator/Administrator - Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance
The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA) is seeking an enthusiastic, committed events coordinator/administrator to support this young organisation’s development over the next 12 months Deadline: Friday 12 October (5pm)CHWA represents the merger of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing to create a dynamic new cultural sector support organisation. CHWA is funded by Arts Council England through Arts & Health South West.
The post-holder will focus on event organisation – ranging from small, local gatherings to national conferences – and general administration. They will work primarily with Victoria Hume, the Director of CHWA, as well as the board and staff of Arts & Health South West and the CHWA steering group.
This will be an exciting opportunity to work for a young, ambitious organisation with a huge range of stakeholders, and to develop your experience and knowledge of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing sector. Click THITHER

Artists wanted for Vawdrey archive project
Applications are now open for artists to be involved with an unique research project.
Outside In is soon set to begin work with the West Sussex Records Office on the cataloguing, preserving, and digitisation of the The Vawdrey Archive.
This archive comprises of approximately 194 paintings produced by patients in art therapy sessions run by Dr Brian Vawdrey (pictured) between 1951 to 1971 – some at the former West Sussex County Asylum, Graylingwell, Chichester – along with a copy of Vawdrey’s illustrated thesis, ‘Art in Analysis’.

The project, which starts on 19 November and runs until the end of June, will see participants need to be able to commit to 15 days which will include; an initial series of bi-weekly sessions - some at West Sussex Records Office in Chichester, creating artwork and visual responses to the archive, self-directed study and attending site visits. There are a maximum of ten spaces available for the project which will aim to help archivists shape the recording of the artwork thanks to the artists’ lived mental health experience. The role also demands good communication and teamwork skills, travels expenses and refreshments will be included. 

Applicants will need to fill out the form found on the link below and send it to Hannah at Hannah or via post to: Outside In, Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG by Monday 15 October at 10am. Interviews will take place Monday 29 October and Friday 2 November.

Last week I attended a suicide vigil over at the Lowry where people who had experienced the death of someone close to them, could take part in a very public declaration of remembrance and of sharing this still-taboo issue amongst kindred spirits - and policy makers who take it very seriously. The event was organised by Bernadette Conlon from START and as well as Andy Burnham speaking succinctly and with genuine commitment, we heard from Louis Appleby who leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England alongside Marvin Cheeseman and JB Barrington who shared their own poetic reflections.

I’ve had a number of conversations about suicide over these last few months and a tiny bit of funding to enable me to spend time with people affected - by either someone they love killing themselves, or with people who have survived a serious suicide attempt. This little old blog isn’t the place to discuss any of this work in depth, but it’s a public acknowledgment and something a little larger (and more complicated) than thanks. So I’m part of an exploration with an as yet, uncertain outcome - but the process is complex and profound. If you want to know more, or be involved with this long-term piece of work and are affected by suicide - get in touch.


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