WHO project aims for large-scale integration of arts and culture within healthcare sector

WHO/Europe and the Nordic Culture Fund are partnering up to explore effective and sustainable strategies for integrating arts and culture into the wider healthcare sector. Led by WHO/Europe’s flagship unit on behavioural and cultural insights for health, the project will bring together academics, artists, cultural institutions, healthcare practitioners and policymakers from different countries.

Cultural Heritage for Mental Health 2 International conference, Belgium – 10-11 December 2020

Following on from the first edition in 2018, this international conference plans to bring together individuals from the public, academic and voluntary sectors to promote learning, discussion and debate around cultural interventions with the aim of improving the wellbeing and health of people recovering from mental health problems or people in a vulnerable situation.

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WHO project on arts and health wins global award

Here’s a health to the company: Social singing, health and wellbeing, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance – 15 November 2019

Here’s a health to the company will gather the energy of researchers and practitioners in the field of social singing, health and wellbeing. 

Call to Artists, Saolta University Health Care Group – deadline 27 March 2019

Galway University Hospitals (GUH), Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust (GUHAT) invites professional practicing artists to apply for opportunities in the hospitals of Saolta University Health Care Group in 2019 – 2020. Artists with a commitment to participatory/collaborative practice and public engagement will be considered for the:

International Conference, Through Arts We Care - Brussels 28 March 2019

Through Art We Care Conference on February 28th in Brussels organised by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Vrije Universiteit Brussels and IN/FINITY. International keynote speakers such as Norma Daykin, Anna Ledgard, Julie Rodeyns, Mari Linnman, Nigel Hartley and the 'Made to Measure' initiative will give an overview of the current field and discourse. 

Tickets available here. 

Arts and Health (Eire) national conference – 15 November 2018

The national conference, called "One Thursday at the Gallery – Art, Music, Theatre and Dementia" – will be held at the National Gallery of Ireland, in conjuction with MISA Creative Life and will focus on the increasing deployment of the arts in dementia care.

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Facing the Future

To kick-start the autumn, LAHF has commissioned a series of blogs about the future of arts and health which we will be publishing daily over the next 2 weeks. The blogs, from leading practitioners working across the spectrum of creativity and wellbeing ask where this work is heading and what challenges and opportunities might open up in the year ahead. The blog series will begin on Monday 10th September and a new blog will be published each weekday until 21st September.

Age & Opportunity Artist’s Residency, Dublin – deadline 21 September 2018

Age & Opportunity’s arts and culture programme is seeking an artist in residence for Saint Joseph’s Shankill, Dublin, a care home solely dedicated to dementia care.

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House of Lords report expresses concern for cultural sector post-Brexit

The report Brexit: Movement of People in the Cultural Sector, is based on evidence from a number of national cultural organisations including Arts Council England and the Musicians Union. The joint submission by the National Museums Directors’ Council and the Museums Association speaks of “severe concerns” and suggests that more restrictive migration systems for EU citizens “could threaten the international status of the UK’s world-class institutions”.

The key findings highlighted in the report are:


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