Announcing the death of Mike White, our friend, colleague and arts-in-health visionary

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our friend, long-time colleague, and arts-in-health visionary Mike White. Mike has been an integral part of the Durham Centre for Medical Humanities since its earliest days as the Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine, and was a research fellow of St Chad’s Read the full article…

Introducing Chalkie’s Demon Diary: Mike White’s occasional rants & reflections during the progress of his illness

On 3/2/15 it gets written that ‘Chalkie’ is Mike White, erstwhile arts and health agent for the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University and abiding research fellow of St. Chad’s College. He has also been to some degree responsible for delivering the Angel of the North to Tyneside and for steering the development of Read the full article…

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…

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…

“Roll Up, Roll Up, Art Is Therapy” or Some Post-it Interpretations at the Rijksmuseum

Mike White writes: Almost every word of The Guardian’s acerbic review of Art Is Therapy  at the newly renovated Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam rings true to me in my holiday excursion there. Not so much an exhibition as a ‘best of’ guide to the museum’s treasures, speciously curated by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, Art 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…

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…

Mike White – From the NHS Hotel

Mike White‘s diary entry reads: 10th February. There is free bedside TV from 8.00 till noon, offering ticker-taped news, mad cartoons and dysfunctional families screaming in front of a studio audience – outside those hours you must buy it in bundles. When I was last in hospital, the TV monitor carried a message of welcome Read the full article…

Mike White – All Aglow from the Lantern Parade Conversation

Mike White, Senior Research Fellow in Arts in Health at the Centre for Medical Humanities and St. Chad’s College, Durham, writes: Our Lantern Parade Conversation in January at The Wolfson Research Institute on Durham University’s Queen’s campus brought together a dynamic mix of community artists, academics, arts managers and leading health professionals, with teaching staff 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…