Inequality | Power | Sustainability – The Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference 2021

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conference logoCulture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference (CHW21), 21-23 June 2021 

Inequality | Power | Sustainability

 

Drawing on over 200 submissions from 20 countries, there will be 100+ live sessions and 10 country panels from around the world. CHW21 will showcase inspiring arts and health work from across the globe and encourage lively debates informed by different perspectives spanning policy, research, practice, lived experience and co-production.

 

Based on three key themes – Inequality | Power | Sustainability, the digital programme will provide a space for exploring individual and collective experiences and articulating a vision for the future. Designed to engage audiences from around the world with key notes in the morning, afternoon and evening and interactive sessions that take into account different time zones for presenters and audiences, tickets offer full access to the 3-day live programme, as well as access to recordings of sessions on demand between 21st-25th June.

 

  • Early Bird Tickets – £150 (on sale until 7th May)
  • Regular Tickets – £200 (on sale from 8th May – 7th June)

 

Find out more including how tickets can be shared, and book a ticket- www.ahsw.org.uk/event/chw21/

Join ACHWS

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photo of young people in theatre activityJoin us

Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland (ACHWS) network is for anyone who believes in the positive impact of the arts and culture in improving health and wellbeing.

The network offers a space to highlight creative health collaborations, share practice and learning, and to provide information and support for anyone involved in and interested in art and culture within health, social care, community or voluntary services. We aim to be a responsive network for anyone working across arts and culture, health and wellbeing in Scotland.

We are reaching out to raise awareness of the network and to encourage new people to join.

We want your voices to be heard. Soon we will be asking members to complete a survey to find out how ACHWS can best support you and your interest in arts, culture, health, social care and wellbeing.

We aim to support the increasing scope and depth of creative health collaborations across Scotland and more widely. Some key areas of interests which we would like to explore through the network are:

  • How do we increase opportunities to engage with the arts and culture within health, social care and community settings, while ensuring the quality of that engagement?
  • How can we work towards integrating arts and culture into health, social care and community services?
  • How can we influence system change to be able to sustain quality and meaningful practice?

Join here!

Follow us using @achwscotland on Twitter and Facebook and visit our website for more information on some of the amazing work being carried out in Scotland.

Creative Scotland met with Robbie McGhee, Chair of ACHWS and Claire Stevens, Secretary of ACHWS to find out more about the network, who it’s for, and the benefits of joining. Watch the video here.

Please get in touch if you would like us to highlight your projects or organisation.

We look forward to hearing from you!

“Every child is an artist”, the Role of Culture in the Health & Wellbeing of Young People

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Join Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland (ACHWS) to discuss the role of the arts in improving the wellbeing of children and young people.

2 – 4pm Wednesday 9th June 2021

An online event via Zoom.

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Following on from the ACHWS event on the arts and older people, this event will focus on the role of arts and culture on the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Bringing together a range of arts and health practitioners, this event will discuss the impact and issues but also look forward to the role the arts can play in recovering and reshaping the future. The impact on the mental health of children and young people has been huge and the full extent of this is still unknown.

What creative ways can we work together to improve health and mental wellbeing of young people in Scotland?

Speakers confirmed:

  • Claire Stevens, Chief Executive, Voluntary Health Scotland
  • Robbie McGhee, Chair of Arts, Culture, Health and Wellbeing Scotland and Associate Director, Art in Hospital
  • Kara Christine, Project Co-ordinator, the Socialites, Artlink
  • Vikki Doig, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland
  • Jed Milroy, General Manager, Tinderbox Collective
  • Aileen Ritchie, Ignite Theatre in Glasgow
  • Fiona O’Sullivan, Deputy Director of Children’s Wellbeing and Catriona McIntyre, Arts Development Officer at Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-role-of-culture-in-the-health-wellbeing-of-young-people-tickets-147629839825

Donald Macaskill – Getting it right (for) with older people: a human right of creativity

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Getting it right (for) with older people: a human right of creativity.

Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care talks about cultural rights as a human right, and calls for an end to age discrimination – an inspiring and powerful call for urgent collective action to resource the arts and culture for older people.

“Art is about the flourishing of humanity and the fulfillment of personhood.” – Donald Macaskill

 

Donald gave this presentation as part of “With Age, Art and Life Become One” The role of culture in the health & wellbeing of older people, an online ACHWS event held on 19th May 2021.

You can read Donald’s article in full in his blog for Scottish Care: “A human right to creativity”.

 

 

“With Age, Art and Life Become One”, the role of culture in the health & wellbeing of older people.

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2 – 4pm, Wednesday 19th May 2021

Online event via Zoom.

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With a title inspired by a quotation from Georges Braque, at this event we will explore the role arts and culture play in the health, wellbeing and care of older people whether they live independently or in residential/nursing care and for those who are in hospital.

Older people’s lives have been significantly affected by Covid-19, not least the distressing levels of social isolation and loneliness very many have endured for over 12 months. The removal of much appreciated activities, human contact and services have taken their toll physically, mentally and spiritually on our older population.

How have arts and culture interventions made a difference during these difficult days, what challenges have been faced, and how can the lessons learned help shape the recovery and renewal of services for the future?

What can the arts, culture and care sectors share and learn from one another about compassionate, person-centred and enabling care?

What do we mean by art and life becoming one with age?

Join the conversation to find out more.

Speakers confirmed:

Claire Stevens, Chief Executive, Voluntary Health Scotland
Robbie McGhee, Chair of Arts, Culture, Health and Wellbeing Scotland and Associate Director, Art in Hospital
Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive, Scottish Care
Anne Gallacher, Director, Luminate
Barbara McEwan-Gulliver, Artistic Director, Art in Hospital
Joe Traynor, Head of Museums Development, Museums Galleries Scotland
Leesa Mackintosh, Community Link Worker & Alison Leitch, Community Link Worker, Area Lead, North Edinburgh

Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-role-of-culture-in-the-health-wellbeing-of-older-people-tickets-147616465823

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: GET OUT OF YOUR MIND | 11th March

Creative Conversations seeks to capture some of the experiences that youth theatre groups have come up against throughout the pandemic and challenge our understanding of what youth theatre is and can be.

In this discussion, join host Jo Sharp and some special guests as they explore and discuss the role the arts and youth theatre can play in supporting young people’s mental health during, and after, the pandemic. This session will touch on areas such as social prescription and the place of the arts in the broader health agenda, as well as offer some practical tips for practitioners to signpost and support any young people who show signs of distress.

Panellists: Angela Gray (Tonic Arts), Megan Hatcher (Art Therapist, NHS Lothian), Julie Brown (Toonspeak), Orla Murray (Youth Champion, See Me Scotland)

Register here.

Singing for Health Network Webinar | 24th February

The Singing for Health Network (UK) has emerged following several years of development and identified gaps. The Network seeks to provide a bridge between research and practice, making research accessible and useful to practitioners. It will also support and platform emerging researchers and their work.

The Network aims to support the Singing for Health movement, through supporting opportunities for sharing and consolidating intelligence and resources.

The introduction webinar will:

  • Share the aspirations and intentions of the Network
  • Outline the results of a survey we ran in the Autumn of 2020 on what people want from the Network
  • Launch the new website and its membership structure
  • Consult further on how the Network can best support the sector
  • Launch a very exciting funding opportunity from Voice Workshop (in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity St David)

Follow the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/singing-for-health-network-introduction-webinar-tickets-138924616267

playaway games festival | health and wellbeing events

At a time when so many people are moving online, Tinderbox wanted to turn to the Games industry for inspiration – to ask how games are adapting and responding to the pandemic, and to explore what role they could play looking ahead.

What are the most interesting ways of playing and interacting both online and offline at the moment? Are there possibilities for new connections, learning & collaborations between gaming worlds and other sectors? And how can we build a more playful and creative way forward for us all in the future?

The Tinderbox Playaway Games Festival will explore  these questions and much more. There are lots of events in the programme but of particular interest from the point of view of health and wellbeing are:

  • On the 22nd of February we start off with a Key Note presentation How Games Can Make a Better World by Jane McGonigal.
    Jane McGonigal, PhD, Director of Game Research + Development at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. She is the author of two New York Times bestselling books: Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World and SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully. Her TED talks on how games can make a better world have more than 15 million views. She has advised companies including Disney, Mattel, Nintendo, Riot Games, Activision and EA on how to create games that build real skills and help players develop emotional and social strengths they can use in their everyday lives. She is also the inventor of SuperBetter, a game that has helped more than a million players recover from symptoms of depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury.

  • On the 23rd of February we explore Gaming for Health, Education & Wellbeing.
    What can games do for education and wellbeing? Join leading industry experts Dr Carla Brown (Game Doctor), Elena Höge (Yaldi Games), Clare Duffy (Civic Digits Theatre Company), and Max Scott-Slade (Glitchers) discussing their experience in gamifying learning methods for the development and wellbeing of children & families, as well as games for supporting health, with Brian Baglow of the Scottish Games Network.

  • On the 4th of March we have Games & Empathy Mini-Talks
    A series of short talks from specialist game designers about cultivating empathy and improving accessibility in games design. 

 

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NEW NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CREATIVE HEALTH WEBSITE LAUNCHED

Robbie Mcghee, Chair ACHWS and Chris Freemantle, Senior Research Fellow, Gray’s School of Art and ACHWS Committee member, are part of the Advisory Group for The National Centre for Creative Health and are pleased to announce the new website has now gone live. The website will highlight work happening in England , Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and share learning from the different systems and policy environments in the four nations.