LoveArts Arts and Mental Health (CfP, ConFestival, Leeds, October 2014)

LoveArts Arts and Mental Health: ‘Confestival’ in Leeds, October 2014 October 15 – 23 at assorted venues across Leeds (including the first Love Arts Conversation – October 21 and 22) October will see Leeds buzzing with the launch of the fourth annual Love Arts festival. Once again Love Arts will be partnering with amazing art Read the full article…

Blood Makes Noise – Evaluation available of unique film exploring chronic kidney failure.

The final evaluation and report for the film Blood Makes Noise is now online here where you can also watch the full film for free online if you haven’t seen it yet. Blood Makes Noise is a film-based art and science project about renal failure, dialysis, diet and transplant. The project sheds light on the Read the full article…

Mike White: More Musings on Arts in Health from the Chemo Circus

Mike White’s diary entry reads: January 30th. I find my chemotherapy is acquiring a distinctive odour, an insinuating rather than overpowering one. As I enter now the fourth of my ten cycles of treatment in that day-room vestibule where I join ‘the souls of the Uncommitted’, some tongue-in-cheek allusion to the circles of Hell in Read the full article…

The Birth Project: Now Recruiting Mothers, Midwives and Doulas

The Birth Project, led by Professor Susan Hogan, is part of an AHRC Research Consortium which is exploring the role of the arts and humanities for health, under the umbrella title Creative Practice for Mutual Recovery. Partners include Harvard University, Derby University, Nottingham University and the Royal College of Music. The birth project will be Read the full article…

Musings From The Day Room – Mike White Reflects On Chemotherapy, Lanterns, Austerity & Mortality

Mike White‘s diary entry reads: 9th.January. I am up the Northern Centre for Cancer Care this morning for my chemo breakfast, the Special K in my treatment plan.  The day room is furnished like the lobby of a budget hotel with vinyl armchairs in alternate pink and purple. Here 20 or so of us sit Read the full article…

Space and Place in the Health Humanities, plus a Masterclass on the Geography of a Dance Intervention – Prof Sarah Atkinson (Seminar, Edinburgh, 23 Jan 2014)

The sixth Scottish Health Humanities Seminar and Masterclass will be on Thursday 23 January 2014. Prof Sarah Atkinson, Deptartment of Geography, Durham University. Co-Director of Belief, Understanding and Wellbeing, Wolfson Research Institute, and Associate Director, Centre for Medical Humanities Public Seminar: Space and Place in the Health and Medical Humanities Thursday 23 January 2014, 3:30-5:00pm The Old Library, Read the full article…

Before and Since (the Wound) – Visualising the Experience of Pain

In painting the image of a child dying of hunger, my aim is not to make a re-presentation of a child dying of hunger, or to elicit or express what it feels like to watch a child dying of hunger. My aim is to paint hunger itself. The above comment is one that I made 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…

“There’s no lights on the Xmas tree momma, they’re burnin’ an artist tonight!”

Mike White writes: There was a hatchet job in Sunday’s Independent on arts in hospitals based on perfunctory information extracted on NHS expenditure on art works (accessible here). Those of us who are driving the development of the National Alliance for Arts and Health are deliberating whether to make a response as the piece appears Read the full article…