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What makes working in the arts and mental health sustainable?

How can people and organisations survive and thrive in mental health and the arts? The Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance, funded by the Baring Foundation, are running a six-month project to understand more about work with creativity and mental health. They are searching for participants who can answer yes to the following questions:

GSK Impact Awards – deadline 20 September 2021

The annual GSK IMPACT Awards, return to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £4,000 to £50,000, and the winning organisations will have access to excellent leadership training and development opportunities.
The awards have been running since 1997, funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. The deadline for applications is Monday 20 September 2021. 

Part-time marketing & comms officer vacancy – deadline 12 July 2021

The team at diversity-led arts organisation Sick!Productions is looking for someone with great communication skills and ideas who loves getting involved in a variety of projects and is passionate about communications and marketing.

The successful candidate will have the ability to help drive implementation of audience development and marketing strategies and action plans, contributing to designing and delivering marketing campaigns and build and sustain healthy stakeholder partnership.

Seeing Sound – 24 May to 21 July 2021

Seeing Sound brings together a partnership between The British Library, the

Artist opportunity with Equal Arts – deadline 12 April 2021

Equal Arts are looking for artists with experience and knowledge of gardening in community settings to join their HenPower Project, delivering sessions in the care settings they support.

Initially delivering sessions online, then returning to the gardens of care homes, the organisation is planning projects in the North East, North West and London for freelance artists.

Find out more and how to apply here


Mindscapes – 19 April to 16 May 2021

Created by SICK! Festival, MINDSCAPES is a free programme of art, events and discussion taking place in Manchester this spring. It explores how the world around us – our homes, our streets, our cities – affects our mental health and the way we feel about our lives. The event is the result of a two-year collaboration between artists and arts organisations in Manchester and The Netherlands who have been working together with local communities.

Find out more about the event


Arts Project Manager vacancy – deadline 22 October 2020

Lime, the award-winning Arts and Health organisation based at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), currently has a new opportunity for an experienced project manager to coordinate and drive forward Lime’s built environments programme. This post presents an exciting opportunity to become a key member of Lime and make a major contribution toward the delivery of a diverse arts and health programme across MFT.

Engagement and evaluation in social prescribing sandpit event – 19 February 2020

This event aims to identify priorities and proposals for research and practice in social prescribing for mental and physical health

MA in Arts, Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University

This Masters brings those working in or interested in developing their skills in arts, health and social change together to learn from leaders in the field in the context of research and practice.

The course stems from the research-informed direction of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, a leading research, advocacy and education centre, and is led by Clive Parkinson, Arts for Health’s Director.

Social Prescribing and inequalities: critical conversations and practical approaches – 27 May 2020

This conference at the University of Salford will explore innovative approaches that are being used and could be developed to help reduce health and social inequalities through social prescribing. The event will provide an opportunity for practitioners, commissioners, providers, community organisations and academics to share ideas, experience and practice on a range of issues including loneliness, marginalised groups, women and children, homelessness, dental challenges and mental health.


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