ACHWS Creative Health Conversation: Building Healthy Communities

Join us for our next online conversation on the 22 August 10.30-11.30am as we discuss the role of arts and collaboration in building healthy communities with:

  • Robert Livingston, former CEO at Regional Screen Scotland
  • Craig Crosthwaite, Coordinator of North Ayrshire Foodbank
  • Ellie Swanston – a visual and participatory artist based in North Ayrshire
  • Hosted by Robbie McGhee, Chair, Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland

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The session will explore questions like – How can healthy communities lead to healthy people?  What is the role for arts and culture in the community? Can it work in practice? Can inequality affect the places and communities in which we live?

Craig and Ellie will highlight The North Ayrshire Foodbank journey from tackling food poverty to becoming a community hub with their Mobile Cinema and artist in residence projects and Robert will outline the role of cinema in rural communities across Scotland and why healthy communities really matter.

Robert Livingston – For the last 8 years Robert has been CEO of Regional Screen Scotland which provides advice and information on setting up local screen facilities, operates the Screen Machine mobile cinema, manages devolved grant aid programmes, and advocates for the social and economic benefits of cinema for local communities. He has worked in theatre, broadcasting, the visual arts, festivals, venue management and arts development, and most recently in cinema and film exhibition, and who has also worked closely with the heritage and museums sector.

Craig Crosthwaite – is the Coordinator and one of the founders of the North Ayrshire Foodbank which first opened its doors in 2012. It then set up the Mobile Cinema – a family-oriented movie every Friday with free admission and any proceeds from the sale of snacks and drinks going to the children’s holiday meal club – Make A Meal Of It.

Ellie Swanston – is a visual and participatory artist based in North Ayrshire who is currently running Everyone an Artist – a free 6 week art workshop for adults in partnership with the North Ayrshire Foodbank across July and August. The workshops are open to any adults who wish to take part- anyone can be an artist and has the ability to be creative- everyone should be able to access facilities to let that happen.

This is part of a series of conversations happening which will include looking at the role culture can play in supporting health outcomes. Follow us to find out about future events on Facebook Twitter @achwscotland and LinkedIn

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