How can we use the arts to help us understand complex health conditions?

Part of Bristol Arts and Health Forum Creative networking

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Author Fiona Hamilton and Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Clare Short will facilitate this workshop, which focuses on eating disorders and has applications in other areas. Healthcare professionals, artists and anyone with an interest are welcome to attend.

Using a story in verse, Bite Sized, as a springboard, we will demonstrate ways in which creative approaches such as writing, dance and drawing can be useful in exploring eating disorders. Drawing on both clinical expertise and artistic approaches, we will tease out some themes and invite attendees to consider them in fresh ways.

There will be opportunities for discussion and optional participation in activities which we hope will be informative as well as interesting and enjoyable. This session is a chance to think ‘out of the box’ and see what insights and inspiration can happen when arts and health perspectives come together to open up new avenues.

Venue: The Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital (meet at reception)
Date: 26th February 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: £5 (drinks and nibbles)
Book: bitesized.eventbrite.com

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Local Art Groups transform the RUH Corridors

Olive Webb 'The Bird 'sugar lift aquatint 77 x 54 cm £190  Abstract 1,  by Lila Streether

‘Left: The Bird’ Olive Webb, Bath Open Studios (BOS)
Right: ‘Abstract 1’ Lila Streether, Timsbury Art Group

Dates: January 2015 – 17 April 2015
Venue: Art at the Heart of the RUH, Main Corridor Gallery, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG
Opening Times: Mon-Sun 8am-8pm

In anticipation of the 4 Open Art Trails, Bear Flat, Larkhall, Newbridge and Widcombe, which are once again taking place in the month of May, a selection of wall hung pieces by Bath Open Studio (BOS) artists will be on show in the corridors of the Royal United Hospital. Brought together by Bath Open Studios (BOS) in collaboration with the Art at the Heart Team at the RUH, around 100 works will be on display including paintings, mixed media, prints, mosaics and photography. BOS is proud to represent and promote all art and craft makers residing in the city.

Alongside BOS, Midsomer Norton and Radstock area Art Group, Old Bakery Artists, are exhibiting a fantastic array of their latest artwork. Featuring calming landscapes, animal portraits and unusual abstract creations, there’s something for everyone!

Last but not least, Timsbury Art Group has between twenty to thirty members at any one time, who produce paintings in varying mediums including watercolour, acrylics, oils, pastels, line & wash, colour pencils and mixed media. Subjects range from Still Life and local scenes to landscapes, flowers and abstracts.

For further information please contact: 
Hetty Dupays, Arts Programme Manager   hetty.dupays@nhs.net
Jessica Shoemack, Marketing Assistant     jessicashoemack@nhs.net
T: 01225 824987
http://www.ruh.nhs.uk/art
Follow us on Twitter @artatruh

Silver Winners By Glenda Maynard  ‘Silver Winners’ Glenda Maynard, Old Bakery Artists (OBA)

Creative Networking – Healthcare Staff Wellbeing

Are you a member of NHS staff or a care giver? Or maybe you’re an Artist who works in healthcare settings? Join Light Box and Willis Newson for an evening to explore the role of Arts in staff wellbeing.

The evening will provide those who attend an opportunity to network with local healthcare professionals and artists seeking to improve wellbeing for healthcare staff, and also learn more about The Happiness Project run by Light Box.

It will be an evening of discussion around wellbeing and an exploration of creative approaches that can be used to support it. Spaces are limited, so book your place now: www.staffwellbeing.eventbrite.co.uk/

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