Creative and Credible evaluation: Amended post

Any subscribers to the blog who received notice of the blog posting below about the Creative and Credible Evaluation and Documentation training will have received information relating to a draft version of the post. Please ignore the previous post and visit the link below to see the most up to date information!

Creative and Credible Evaluation and Documentation: Notes from a training session


Creative and Credible Evaluation: Notes from a training session

In a training session organised by NHS Bristol and Artshine on the 9th November 2012, 17 people – mainly arts and health practitioners –  gathered to learn about, discuss, share knowledge of ‘Creative and credible approaches to evaluation and documentation’. The session was led by Jane Willis of Willis Newson.

Willis Newson documented the day and we are posting our notes and other records of the day here as a resource for those who attended and anyone else who is interested in the subject.

We discussed photographic consent and a sample consent form which you can amend for your own use is available for download as a Word document here.

 During the session participants noted and discussed their own ideas about evaluation. We have turned this discussion into a Wordle, which you can download here.

Jane gave a presentation about creative documentation methods and introduced the idea of the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Evaluation, Documentation and Marketing (download PDF).

The images below relate to an evaluation exercise of the session itself. More information about how we did this can be found in our record of the session, which you can download here: Creative and Credible Evaluation and Documentation Notes 9th Nov 2012.

Please note that all images remain the property of Willis Newson. If you’d like to know more about training offered by Willis Newson, please email

Culture, Health & Wellbeing Bristol 2013: Conference Update

For anyone not on the mailing list for next year’s International Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference (being held in Bristol in June 2013), you can see a recent update from the organisers here.

New keynote speakers were announced recently including Shona McCarthy, CEO  Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013 and Dr Eddie Rooney, CEO of the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland. Building on the legacy of the 2012 Olympics and the experience of Liverpool as European Capital of Culture, they will be talking when Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013 is in full swing – a live account of how a focus on culture can impact on the health and wellbeing of a whole city.  Also, Dr Kate Wells, who has been creating waves with the Siyazama project in South Africa, will give a presentation. This project enables rural traditional craftswomen from KwaZulu-Natal to express their concerns about AIDS and all its complexities through their beautiful beaded cloth dolls.

Don’t forget the deadline for submission of abstracts is 21st December. Check the guidelines here.

From Shadow into Light

Artist Eleanor Glover and poet Claire Williamson will be running Bereavement Art and Writing workshops in November, December and January. If you are interested, or know of anyone who might like to attend, further details are below.


A Bereavement Art and Writing Group for those who have been bereaved and would like space to develop their thoughts through words and pictures working with an artist, a poet and a bereavement counsellor.

£6 per session and NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

Mondays:  26 November and 3, 10, 17 December 2012 and Monday 7 January 2013

9.45am -12noon

VENUE A light and airy meeting room at Bedminster Family Practice Surgery, Regent Road, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4AT.

For more information, contact: Claire Williamson at 0777 999 7661 or  Eleanor Glover at 0777 3925411 or landline 0117 9668488 leaving your name and telephone number.

Critical Spaces offer support for artists wanting to set up local networks

Critical Spaces is an initiative led by Hannah Hull in partnership with ixia which may be a good way for artists interested in health and well-being in Bristol to find each other, develop areas of shared interest and set up a self sustaining network.

The way it works is that Hannah identifies groups of socially engaged artists interested in forming a critical network, she then draws them together and ‘curates’ or programmes a first meeting. After that it is up to the group to work out how they want to carry on meeting.

Critical Spaces – – is a local support network for artists working in social contexts.

It seems that Bristol is likely to be a host location for the initial pilot.

Do have a look at the website, and pass onto artists, colleagues and other agencies – and, of course, sign up if you are interested in taking part.

Focusing on creativity

Willis Newson celebrated its tenth anniversary this year and one of the ways we’ve been doing so is by considering how we, as a team and as individuals, can be more creative – for our own benefit and that of others.  Our latest newsletter focuses on this question – what creativity means and how we can use it in our work.  We thought you might like to read it here.

If you’d like regular updates from Willis Newson, you can subscribe to the newsletter here.

Happiness and Long Life

By Graeme Paton

Published in The Daily Telegraph 15 Oct 2012

 People who are grumpy in middle age are up to three times more likely to die than those with a happy outlook on life, according to a major study. 

Researchers warned that levels of happiness among over-50s had a significant bearing the onset of disability, slower walking speed and incidence of coronary heart disease.

The study, which follows the lives of more than 10,000 English people throughout older age, shows that psychological well-being could be used to predict which people will go on to develop serious problems in their 60s.

Researchers insisted that the link remained irrespective of other factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, wealth and education.

The conclusions were made in the latest of a series of reports published by the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing – an on-going study led by academics from University College London, Manchester University, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and NatCen Social Research.

It comes after the Coalition launched a well-being survey aimed at tracking the emotional health of the British public. Initial findings released in the summer showed the average adult was rated 7.4 out of 10 for life satisfaction.


Critics have condemned the £2m-a-year cost of the project, claiming that it is a diversion from the real issues affecting the nation, such as economic growth.

But today’s findings suggest that happiness levels may have significant bearings on future health.

The study said: “Those who were recorded as having a greater enjoyment of life in were more likely to still be alive nine to 10 years later than were other participants.

“The difference between those who enjoyed life the most and those who enjoyed life the least was marked, with nearly three times more people dying in the lower than greater enjoyment group.”

Researchers added: “We found that psychological well-being in 2004/05 predicted the onset of disability, slower walking speed, impaired self-rated health and the incidence of coronary heart disease in 2010–11, in people who were initially free of these problems.”

In further conclusions, the study found that one-in-six people in England aged over 50 were “socially isolated”.

They had few socially-orientated hobbies, little civic or cultural engagement with society and may have very limited numbers of friends. Wealthier adults were half as likely to become isolated as those in poverty, it emerged.

Researchers also found evidence of a “significant number” of people working while drawing a pension.

Almost half of men and a third of women aged 60-to-64 in receipt of private pensions were still in work, it was revealed.

Bruce Munro returns to Bath this winter

Opening: Tuesday 6th November 2012
Venue: Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, CombePark, Bath BA1 3NG
Opening Times: Mon-Sun 8am-8pm

Still glowing from last year’s Field of Light installation at the Holburne Museum, this winter Bruce returns to Bath to help celebrate the RUH 80th Birthday and the forthcoming Cancer Care Centre with an original light installation entitled Brass Monkey.

Blue Moon by Bruce Munro. Photo: Mark Pickthall.

‘Blue Moon’ by Bruce Munro. Photo: Mark Pickthall.

The Bruce Munro sculpture coincides with the Bath Galleries Group Art Affair. As the official charity partner for the Bath Galleries Group, following on from last year’s highly successful Art Auction, Art at the Heart of the RUH  is raising funds for its Artsparks children’s ward project by hosting a high quality raffle.

Programming and managing Artsparks requires a tremendous commitment and brings a series of regular creative workshops in response to different themes throughout the year. Feedback received shows that it makes a positive difference to the lives of over 200 children, parents and staff a year, who have come to depend on these workshops as a form of distraction therapy, engaging families in a positive and constructive way.

Prizes include works of art up to the value of £3000, by artists represented by Art at the Heart and the Bath Galleries such as Nick Cudworth, Judy Rodrigues and Bruce Munro. A special signed piece of art by Stanley Donwood, who is known for producing the artwork for Radiohead Album covers, is also up for grabs!

Individual raffle tickets will be sold for £20. To maintain the prestige and quality associated with the 2012 Art at the Heart Raffle only 1000 tickets will be printed and will be available from the Bath Galleries and Royal United Hospital throughout the Bath Art Affair.

More information is available at and you can now follow Art at the Heart on Twitter @artatruh