Sunday, 28 April 2019


What a treat to spend time with a contingent from Aalborg, who - led by Mads Duedahl and with colleagues from Aarhus - are exploring synergies in culture and health between their cities and Manchester. A double treat to to spend time with Councillor Luthfur Rahman the Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council and share the Manchester Declaration.

Over the coming few few weeks I’ll be speaking at a few events and if you’re around and/or tickets are available, come along and say hello. First up is one of the launch events for the Age of Creativity at the Whitworth on Thursday 2nd May. It’s an event pulled together by Age UK Oxfordshire, Age UK and Voluntary Arts. I’ve been asked to deliver a ‘provocation’ around artists/activism and have pulled together a short son et lumière called Cold Dark Matter. Let’s see how it goes eh? Details of the event are HERE. Another one on 20th May is part of the work Pint of Science are delivering in Greater Manchester under the banner of, Our Communities, Our Health and I’ll be giving some performative pieces from Dementia & Imagination at The Klondyke between 7:00pm and 9:30 pm full details are HERE and you can read about other presenters including: Thinking about Thinking; a new approach to cardiac rehab, facilitated by Dr Lora Capobianco and Lyndsey Brown. I have to say, I’m a tad apprehensive to be delivering something at a science event! 

Those of you who read this blog (thank you for your dedication) will know that the Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change is a major piece of work that Arts for Health is leading on. This week we recruited a research associate to work with me on a significant project across Greater Manchester. Once we’ve dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s I’ll introduce them and the work. I need to say that the people we interviewed are extraordinarily talented and would have been a real treat to work with. Superb humans. We will make things happen, I’m sure of it.


Arts Council England recently announced another round of Elevate funding. The aim of this fund is to develop and strengthen the resilience of diverse led organisations that are not funded through the National Portfolio 2018-22.  It supports Arts Council's aim of continuing to increase the diversity of its National Portfolio in future through building the capacity of diverse led organisations to deliver their mission, develop new partnerships, and increase resilience.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 12pm on 23 May 2019 and organisations can apply for between 75 -100 K for activity between January 2020 and March 2022 which supports organisational development and resilience focussed work.

Elevate funds will be available to Disability led and Black and minority ethnic led organisations, as identified in those organisations’ Grantium applicant profiles (that is, by reference to the presence of one or more Black and minority ethnic persons or disabled persons in a key strategic decision-making role within the organisation). To be eligible, all applicants must be able to evidence that they are a properly constituted organisation, with a registered address in England, and have been constituted and delivering activity since at least 1 April 2018. Full information and criteria is HERE. Deadline for Expressions of Interest is 12pm on 23 May 2019.

60 Years, 60 Stories
Since the last blog posting about it, Paintings in Hospitals have published some more contributions to their 60 Years, 60 Stories guest postings. You can click on the personal reflections of the wonderful Griselda Goldsbrough, co-curator for Aesthetica Art Prize and Art and Design Development Manager at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Her posting ‘A talking and turning point’ can be found HERE.

For artists in Australia interested in personal development: 

Contemporary arts practice, health and social change
15 and 16 June 2019, 10am - 6pm
Narrandera Arts and Community Centre, NSW

This unique opportunity will be co-presented between Clive Parkinson and the Cad Factory's Vic McEwan and allows for two days of intimate talks and exploratory sessions aimed specifically at artists wishing to work in the context of community, health and social change. This informative and practical two days will place ideas of social equality and wellbeing within an international context whilst offering practical advice to all attendees in terms of their own practice. You will be required to discuss your practice and future projects to the group.

This seminar will be delivered in a small group of up to 20 people, allowing the opportunity for deep and practical exploration of your practice. Twelve places will be prioritised for artists living in regional locations.

You will be required to submit an Expression of Interest form by Friday 3 May 2019. Details 
HERE. You will be notified on Friday 10 May if you have been selected. Up to ten selected NSW regional artists will receive $100 towards covering their accommodation and travel costs. For my part, I am thrilled to be embarking on this training and a new two year project with Vic building on our work on The Harmonic Oscillator. More soon.

A shout out to Emma Furneaux!

Regular readers of this blog will know about the book I wrote following Vic McEwan's time working as an artist at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Over the time we were there we had the pleasure of meeting and collaborating with Elisha Carter and her mum, Emma Furneaux. As I type this blog out, I am thrilled to see that Emma has just completed the London Marathon. (I am also shattered just watching on TV!) She set out to raise £3000 for CLIC Sargent and as the tally stands at 19:11 today, she's raised £5854! Superb - and thank you to anyone who reads this blog, or who read Critical Care and who supported Emma. 


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