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…

Notes from Galveston (final post 2014): Dr Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

So, in a few days I will be taking my leave of Galveston once again. Of course I am sad to leave the island although I am looking forward to going home and excited about everything I have achieved during my ‘oh too short’ time here. I gave a colloquium and a drawing workshop and, Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (weeks 3-4): Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

Just one more week to go here in Galveston. I have been dividing my time between drawing the anatomy lab and studying in the Library here at the University of Texas Medical Branch. In the latter, while reading up on the historical context of everything that the Drawing Women’s Cancer project is, I came across Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (week 2) : Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

SEAWEED! The news here calls it a “relentless three-day onslaught of seaweed that piled up on beaches at a rate not seen in years, leaving mounds of Sargassum several feet high in places”. The Galveston Park Board executive director said  “This is probably the worst case of seaweed we’ve seen in at least the last Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston 2014: Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas Centre for Medical Humanities

Back in Galveston! Invited again by the wonderful folk at the University of Texas Centre for Medical Humanities to spend another month working here on the Drawing Women’s Cancer project (drawingcancer.wordpress.com), I am delighted to be back on the island and full of plans for how to use the month. It feels good to be Read the full article…

Asking the Way – Directions and Misdirections in Arts in Health

Mike White’s new essay “Asking the Way – Directions and Misdirections in Arts in Health” was commissioned and published by ixia, the public art think tank. The introduction is below and full text is available here: “Arts in health is at a fork in the road. The hard-paved route, The Empirical Highway, leads to probable damnation Read the full article…

The Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2014 (Expression of Interest Due 1 June 2014)

The Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2014 is a competition for a creative work that illuminates the relationship between the arts and medicine. What works are eligible? A ‘creative work’ can be a visual artwork, piece of literature, music, performance, digital installation or any other original creative output. How the prize process works The prize has a Read the full article…