Northern Ireland

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. 

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.

Call for tenders to evaluate Iontas arts and mental health programme - deadline 10 March 2017

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) wishes to commission an independent evaluation of the Iontas arts and mental health programme, with a view to informing its next three years.

The programme is based on a partnership between WHAT and Waterford/Wexford Mental Health Services (WWMHS) and began in March 2014.

Artist-in-residence, Waterford Healing Arts Trust – deadline 2 March 2017

Artists of all disciplines are invited to apply for the 2017 WHAT 2017 artist-in-residence programme, focused on participation and collaboration with University Hospital Waterford.

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Arts & Age conference, Belfast – 27 April 2016 (apply by 1 April)

An opportunity to experience the positive impact that the arts are having on the health and wellbeing of older people in Northern Ireland. 

Attendance is FREE but by application only.
Closing date for applications is Friday 1st April 2016.

Arts & Age Conference 2016: 'The Art of Wellbeing'

Wednesday 27 April 2016
Riddell Hall
185 Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5EE

Showcases by Arts & Older People Programme participants

Performances by Nuala McKeever and Over the Hill Music Collective

Waterford Healing Arts Trust artist-in-residence – deadline 31 March

WHAT (Waterford Healing Arts Trust) invites applications from artists of all arts disciplines for a six month residency based at University Hospital Waterford. WHAT has been running an Artist in Residence programme since 1994 as a means of engaging hospital users in contemporary arts practice and offering opportunities to emerging artists for professional development within a healthcare context.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2016

Briefing session: 14 March 2016

Bursary to document arts & health work, Ireland – deadline 6 May 2016

If you are involved in an arts and health project, and you would like to showcase your work to a larger audience, is inviting applications for a €4000 bursary to produce a short film, audio documentary or publication about an arts and health project.

Information meeting, Dublin – 10 March; Closing date – 6 May

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Beyond Limits, Crossing Borders – 22-24 April 2016

Stirling University’s Dementia Centre is running a free residential weekend for artists interested in responding to dementia. The weekend will take place in Derry/Londonderry and some expenses will be covered.

The aim of the weekend is to offer participants a chance to explore their own creative practice as individuals and also to provide a collaborative and stimulating environment which supports new work. The hope is that it will also offer ways of connecting work to the public in the following months across the UK.

Artist Commission, Tallaght Hospital – deadline 2 December 2015

Project brief:

The commissioned artist will be asked to create a child friendly theme throughout the paediatric emergency department (ED) at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. This includes the following areas:


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