National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing

The new national Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing is an initiative which will be launched in October this year with a range of activities, including local and regional press campaigns. The Alliance has been in the process of coming together as a fully constituted organisation over the last couple of years. Work with the Department of Health, Arts Council England and consultation with practitioners, arts directors, service users and institutions across the country has been taking place to formalise a strategic, co-ordinated approach to Arts and Health practice and research across England.

The website for the Alliance is already up and running and – along with other resources – includes case studies, information on funding sources, links to relevant research, and the ‘Charter for Arts, Health and Wellbeing’.

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Culture, Health and Wellbeing: International Conference

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference being held in Bristol on June 24th – June 26th 2013 is now open for registration and is calling for submission of abstracts for presentation.

It promises to be a stimulating and vibrant exchange of ideas, to provoke new ways of researching and creating, and will encourage delegates to question assumptions and learn about different approaches to current issues and areas of practice. The conference will inform international perspectives on:

  • Healthy and Creative Ageing
  • Global Health Inequalities and Culture
  • Culture and the Social Determinants of Wellbeing

It is also a great chance to show the international arts and health community about the strength and diversity of the work going on in Bristol.

Find out more on the conference website:

Download a flyer for the conference here: Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference flyer.

“I hold strongly that the arts can enhance wellbeing and health and that more needs to be done through public policy to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to benefit from the life-enhancing and therapeutic experience of the arts. We need to learn from best practice in this field across the world.” (Lord Howarth of Newport)

New artworks to be celebrated by community at South Bristol Community Hospital

Twelve new artworks commissioned for South Bristol Community Hospital at Hengrove Park will be celebrated at a special event with members of the local community who helped to create them, on Thursday 13 September.

The artworks by Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio, collectively entitled South Bristol 360, are a series of circular wall-mounted enamel plaques that show unique beauty spots and places with special sentimental value to people in South Bristol.

Neina English, Matron/Manager of SBCH, said, “The artworks inspired by people from South Bristol will be a welcome addition to the community hospital, set in the heart of South Bristol. I am delighted that local people have contributed to these artworks and would like to thank all those who helped create them on behalf of the staff and patients at SBCH.

During their research in January 2012, the artists gathered favourite views from walkers from the Walking Health Two Hearts group, NLarge, a group of young photographers based at Knowle West Media Centre, members of Broadoak Social Club’s sequence dance group, children from Victoria Park Primary School and young people from Eagle House Youth Club.

Among the views identified by the groups and made into the artworks are the Withywood Senior Club House which has since been demolished, birds flocking on Leinster Avenue, Coronation Road, Bristol seen from Dundry, Hengrove Park playground, Filton Broadway in the 1960s and the Balloon Festival.

The designs were inspired by the blue and white delftware pottery made at nearby Water Lane in South Bristol in the 18th century and reference the form of the cameo. The artworks were made by local company Wards of Bristol, are mounted at eye level and dotted at locations around the interior of the hospital, including day rooms.

Grennan and Sperandio’s work always involves the participation of members of the public. Their past projects include the production of collaboratively-made comic books, a series of large inflatables sited around Edinburgh, the US reality TV documentary series, Artstar, and Colchester Round, where four very different musical groups played each other’s music.

The project was commissioned by Bristol Infracare LIFT and curated by Ginkgo Projects.
To find out more, visit the artists’ blog at: or

Photo: Jamie Woodley.


Animation on Prescription

A one day study event exploring the use of animation in health, social care and education will take place on Wednesday 19th September 2012 at the Arnolfini in Bristol.  Speakers include leading occupational therapists and artists who will present their experiences of using animation as therapy in both clinical and community practice.  The emergence of animated documentary as a technique within the field of animation and its relevance within therapies will also be explored during a panel discussion.

The event will be of particular interest to occupational and creative therapists, AHP’S (including SALT’s and psychologists), academics, artists, teachers and members of the public interested in finding out about the use of animation in therapy.

Key note speaker:  David Sproxton CBE, co-founder of Aardman animations.

Case study presentations will include examples from Adult Forensic Psychiatry, Paediatrics and Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

One Day Study Event:  19th September Animated Encounters
Venue: The light studio, Arnolfini Bristol
Ticket price £65 (COTMHSS members) £75 (Non members)

Early booking recommended to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

For booking information please e-mail:
Helen Mason
Director Animation Therapy / Consultant occupational therapist

For more information please visit:
Facebook: Animation Therapy