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 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…

International perspectives on the development of research-guided practice in community-based arts in health

  Mike White writes: Volume 3 Issue 3 of this international UNESCO e-journal is a special issue edited by Mike White and Sarah Atkinson of the Centre for Medical Humanities and Margret Meagher of Arts and Health Australia on international approaches to participatory and community-based arts in health.  The papers originate from UK, Ireland, Australia and New Read the full article…

EC Davies, “A Stitch in Time” (Art exhibition, Newcastle, 13 April-18 May 2013)

EC Davies A stitch in time 13 April – 18 May 2013, Vane Gallery, Newcastle Preview: Friday 12 April 5:30-7:30pm Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-5pm In ‘A stitch in time’, EC Davies shows a selection of new works including video, animation, print, photographs & sewn objects. Davies works with images of herself and found Read the full article…

Winter Fires

Mike White writes: No-one understands participatory arts practice better than Francois Matarasso and he has just published a pocket-size reflection on art and agency in old age entitled Winter Fires.  This slim volume is cogent, congenially illustrated and available free of charge through The Baring Foundation website. The CMH invited Francois to Durham last autumn Read the full article…

Developing guidelines for good practice in participatory arts-in-health-care contexts

‘Developing guidelines for good practice in participatory arts-in-health-care contexts’, by Mike White, has just been published in the Journal of Applied Arts and Health. ABSTRACT: As the field of arts in health grows in scale and diversity, it needs to affirm a set of shared principles and describe what constitutes best practice. This article recounts Read the full article…