Critical Mass Arts in Health Gathering – images of some initial thoughts

It’s day one of the Arts in Health Critical Mass meeting in Durham. Ideas are fizzing, energy is circulating, and there is a growing sense that clear plans for action are brewing. Here are just a few of the thoughts guiding our discussions:

Arts in Health ‘Critical Mass 2’ – An Actions Packed Sequel

Mike White, Senior Research Fellow in Arts and Health in the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University, writes: Two years on, we have convened our second Critical Mass meeting to explore the development of international collaborations in community-based arts in health. The first one was held in Durham in 2011, and our sequel to Read the full article…

What are the Common Threads in a Critical Mass? Perspectives shared by international arts-in-health practitioners

Critical Mass was the name given to an international gathering of arts in health practitioners hosted by the Centre for Medical Humanities in June 2011. The event is reviewed here and here, and you can see images from the first day of the programme here. In this post, Mike White offers his subjective assessment of Read the full article…

Arts-in-Health Critical Mass – International Gathering in Durham June 2011

Mike White writes: In June, the Centre for Medical Humanities is convening a ‘critical mass’ meeting in Durham of its international partners in community-based arts in health.  Leading practitioners and researchers in this field are coming from United States, Australia, South Africa and Ireland to reflect on shared issues in applying arts practice  to healthcare and medicine and to Read the full article…

‘The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities’ reviewed by Dr Stella Bolaki

The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities, edited by Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods. Associate editors: Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton and Jennifer Richards (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities is an epic, much-awaited collection of essays that brings together an impressive list of established and emerging scholars from Read the full article…

Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War (Exhibition, University of Liverpool’s School of Arts, 20th June 2015)

From April 16 through June 20th 2015, the University of Liverpool’s School of Arts, and the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, will host the U.S. National Library of Medicine travelling exhibition: Life and Limb: the Toll of the American Civil War. Life and Limb explores the experience of physical trauma and disability suffered by Read the full article…

Going Dutch on Participation and Engagement in the Arts

Mike White writes: Utrecht, a city so flat it could be ‘sta-prest’, proved the appropriate setting for a bi-national conference attempting to iron out the wrinkles and nuances of meaning in research methodologies for participation and engagement in the arts. This event on 20-21 June was instigated by Leeds Met University as the culmination of Read the full article…

Hitching Arts in Health on the Road to Nowhere

Mike White writes: The country road in Australia is mostly A to B straight on and can seem to traverse interplanetary distance.  Crossing the aboriginal lands of ‘first nation’ people, however, it is a road to nowhere as highlighted in John Pilger’s provocative TV documentary Utopia that aired on ITV this week. I had thought Read the full article…

Arts in Health – What’s In A Name Change?

Mike White, Senior Research Fellow in Arts and Health in the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University, writes: Australia’s Institute for Creative Health, formerly known as the Arts and Health Foundation, is launched this week in a haze of publicity. The name change smacks of the same kind of self-aggrandizement that led last year Read the full article…