Beatings with a Carrot – Mike White on Arts and Diversity

Mike White, CMH Arts in Health Correspondent, writes: It has been the Arts Council’s misfortune that in the past it has interpreted ‘diversity’ as culture’s prerogative to go off in all directions, leaving it to mediate successive governments’ melting pot metaphors of an inclusive multi-racial Britain. But recently in a sharp policy announcement that is Read the full article…

Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula: art and medicine research

I am now in Tanzania based at CCBRT in Dar es Salaam. We are exploring the potential of   art and narrative, both verbal and visual, to raise awareness of the huge problem in Africa of obstetric fistula. My blogsite for more information is: http://drawingof.wordpress.com/artists-blog/ I hope that this work will be of interest and any Read the full article…

Review of Visualising Illness at Birkbeck, November 14th -15th 2014, by Jac Saorsa

What is distinctive about the visual image as a means of communicating the experience of illness? As an artist working within the field of Medical Humanities this is a question that is very close to my creative heart so naturally I was very pleased to be invited to present at the Visualising Illness event, which Read the full article…

A Spotted Hankie and the Open Road – and Arts in Health in Australia

Mike White writes: I have just taken early retirement on health grounds and am leaving the Durham Centre for Medical Humanities, though I shall still post blogs here from the cerebral Bowling Green as I cope with the new realities of beige clothing and those staples of later life – cream crackers and lemon curd. Read the full article…

Does Art Really Work As Therapy?

Mike White from the Centre for Medical Humanities – a “guru of the arts in health field” – is a keynote speaker at the 6th International Arts and Health Conference now on in Melbourne. He is the first speaker in a live ABC radio “Life Matters” broadcast on the topic “Does Art Really Work as Read the full article…

Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research – Liverpool (Workshop 21 November 2014)

Friday 21st November 2014, 10.30 – 5pm The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool Registration Open: Please email Harriet Ryder to register. The University of Liverpool’s Centre for Health, Arts and Science (CHARTS) is hosting the second in the series of Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research workshops.  We are delighted that this workshop is being held in collaboration with Read the full article…

Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference (CfP Exeter, 20-21 July 2015)

Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference University of Exeter, 20-21 July 2015 Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Stuart Murray, University of Leeds and Dr Roberta Bivins, University of Warwick Building on the success of last year’s Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference, this conference aims to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines in a manner that reflects the Read the full article…

The Love Arts Conversation: a festival flavoured conference of arts and mental wellbeing (Leeds, 21-22 October 2014)

The Love Arts Conversation: a festival flavoured conference of arts and mental wellbeing Part of the Love Arts Leeds festival Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd October Sessions include: Why Spend NHS Money on Art? The impact of theatre on people living with dementia The impact of music on people living with dementia The representation of Read the full article…

Arts and Health in the Contemporary Norwegian Context (Event at the Norwegian Embassy, 25 September 2014)

From Glacier Hiking to Hospital Clowns:  Arts and Health in the Contemporary Norwegian Context In Norway the arts in health scene has expanded quite dramatically in recent years with the result that new approaches to health care have become more accepted. The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Health and Care Service in Norway Read the full article…

Angel Of The North promotes well-being – and cheaper bread

Mike White writes: I recently attended a presentation in Gateshead by Maeve Blackman, a Durham Ph. D student, on her completed thesis inquiring into whether Antony Gormley’s landmark sculpture the Angel of the North impacts on the well-being of local people. To fend off the inevitable controversy over public art, I detect an increasing requirement Read the full article…