Museums & Wellbeing Week The National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing is coordinating the third National Museums & Wellbeing Week from 12-18 March 2018. This will be an opportunity for museums to showcase their health & wellbeing offer and raise awareness of this valuable area of work.
The Family Arts Campaign’s new Age-Friendly Standards mark an important expansion of the organisation’s remit, developing an essential new strand of work supporting the cultural sector to welcome older generations. What are the Age-Friendly Standards? The Standards are a national self-assessed accreditation for cultural organisations and a recognised and trusted symbol for older audiences and family groups including older people. Organisations that sign-up to the Age-Friendly Standards value all generations and want to provide a welcoming and positive experience for visitors, regardless of their age.
Age UK's flagship annual conference will take place on Wednesday 14 March at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London. For Later Life is a one-day conference that brings 300 professionals and volunteers together to discuss the latest developments in age-related policy and practice. We consistently recruit the top experts in academia, healthcare and policy to speak at the event, and as such it has become a must-attend event for anyone interested in ageing policy and/or passionate about delivering quality services for older people.
The seventh annual London Creativity and Wellbeing Week will take place from 4-10 June 2018. LAHF will produced a brochure including all London events in the week (click the image on the right to view the 2017 brochure on Issuu). We are also planning a separate press and media campaign to promote events in the week. Creativity and Wellbeing Week happened for the first time in 2012 and has grown to be a major festival highlighting work going on around arts and health. It is easy to submit events – simply click on the 'Submit an event' button on the right of this page where you can upload details of your events.
Elevate has commissioned Hoodwink to create a sequence of events that unfold around a patient, the ward and the hospital. With funding from Arts Council England and Salisbury Independent Hospital Trust, Hoodwink in Hospital is touring Salisbury District Hospital and 4 other hospitals with a one-to-one special experience for patients. As part of the whole learning experience of creating immersive theatre work for hospitals, it is holding 2 seminars to experience a little of the Hoodwink in Hospital magic and learn more about how the Elevate programme has supported patients’ well-being and recovery over the last 5 years.
Have you been impressed by your local venue, a visiting theatre company, or a trip to an art gallery or museum? If so, this is your chance to let them know - simply cast your vote and let that organisation know why you think they are Fantastic for Families. You could win an iPad Mini in the process!
The Certificate: The Practice of Music Making (CPMM), is a unique one-year distance learning programme developed by Trinity Laban, in partnership with the Open University.
LAHF has teamed up with Mersey Care to do some work around the diagnosis of dementia and we have a commission opportunity for an artist to create a new tool which can be used by people who have recently been diagnosed in order for them to assess their strengths and the positive things in their lives.
Magic Me, the leading intergenerational arts organisation, is looking for a Project Co-ordinator for their ground-breaking Cocktails in Care Homes project.
PRESS PLAY: KICKSTART YOUR CAREER IN PARTICIPATORY MUSIC Thinking about the next steps after you complete your music studies? Starting out and looking for some guidance?
Moving into Maturity A two day professional development workshop: Leading Dance with Older People and Dance & Dementia 24th & 25th October 2017 Due to popular demand Green Candle Dance Company is pleased to announce they will be holding a second Moving into Maturity workshop in October 2017. Booking is now open for this two day introductory course, for those interested in leading dance for older people and dance for dementia. For full details visit our website: http://www.greencandledance.com/2017/09/05/moving-into-maturity-october-2017/
The Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) is looking for artists from all disciplines—musicians, actors, writers, dancers, filmmakers, visual artists—who are passionate about making a social impact through their art to help people understand and care about brain health. The Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health at GBHI is a multi-professional training program dedicated to improving brain health and reducing the impact of dementia worldwide by developing, supporting, and empowering a new generation of leaders. Artists are the great communicators and connectors of our society. By telling the stories of patients, caregivers, and doctors—or by helping them tell their own stories—artists can inspire change on a personal level and help alter the narrative around aging and dementia. We need artists to be ambassadors of brain health and to help communicate more effectively the realities of dementia and what can be done to prevent it.
The Family Arts Campaign have launched the new Age Friendly Standards to provide guidance and accreditation for cultural organisations welcoming older people. Sign-up for free and join over 80 UK organisations who have pledged to be Age-Friendly!
Fun Palaces is a two-pronged approach to community engagement in culture – by which we mean tech, digital, crafts, arts and science. We are both a campaign for everyday creativity in all its forms at the heart of every community and also an annual weekend of action. The Fun Palaces weekend every October sees professional arts, sciences and tech organisations come together with grassroots enthusiasts to share their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm in a hyper-local event created by and for local communities.
Luminate invites proposals from artists for a three-year residency in Erskine care homes in Bishopton, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The opportunity is open to two artists working primarily in different artforms.
Since 1965, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) has been funding UK citizens to investigate inspiring practice in other countries and return with innovative ideas for the benefit of people across the UK.
***INTRODUCTORY OFFER: OUP is giving 20% off through their website using the code ACFLYP8*** Over the past few decades, the use of the arts in health has blossomed. What, for many centuries, was seen as a fringe activity is now being recognised as a field that has enormous potential for impacting positively on both individuals and societies. However, despite this surge in interest and activity, there is still limited support available for people working in the field. Although the number of practical training courses for artists is growing and more universities are establishing research groups, most training activity occurs in either practice or research; there are relatively few opportunities to gain parallel experience in both.
Sagacity! is London's annual festival celebrating older people dancing. Two days of FREE dance activities including 'Back to 87' themed workshops, a dance film screening and a gala performance by some of London's unique older people's dance companies
Simon Casson is a Producer for Duckie, arts company and purveyors of progressive working class entertainment. Here he introduces Duckie’s Posh Clubs: ‘glamorous cabaret and high tea for elegant elders and swanky senior citizens’.
Youth has never necessarily been the pinnacle of an artistic career as the British Museum’s Hokusai – beyond the wave exhibition clearly shows. David Cutler reflects on how galleries, museums and arts organisations are widening opportunities for more of us to carry on participating in the visual arts into later age.
Arts, dance, music and dementia: from Professional Practice to Social Prescription Tuesday 27 June at Sheffield Hallam University 10am until 5pm (registration from 9am onwards)
Luminate, Scotland's creative ageing festival, offers a chance to celebrate creativity, share stories, and to explore what ageing means to all of us, providing a national platform for local creative activities by, with and for older people in Scotland. Companies, organisations and individuals are invited to put an event forward to be part of it.
As part of an Inquiry into the role of the arts in health and social care, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) is seeking examples of the arts and culture influencing health and wellbeing outcomes.
The Teaching Musician is a flexible and vocational programme designed for experienced music educators. It offers a high quality professional development opportunity, leading to a suite of postgraduate qualifications, whilst being flexible to fit around your working life.
The first two case studies in the Museum Association’s new publication Museums Change Lives are of work with older people, Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery’s Dementia Partnership and Glasgow Museums’ partnership with Contact the Elderly. In the former, Audience Development Manager Jeremy Kimmel puts his finger on something crucial: ‘Museums tap into curiosity, a quality so primal that it’s one of the last things to be affected by dementia’.
Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which uniquely celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that promotes active and engaged living as we get older.
You can feed into the national picture by letting us know about any arts and health work that you may be involved with by completing the survey We want to explore how the arts can make a greater contribution to the health and wellbeing of people in Wales and where our energy might best be focused moving forward.
The final report from Magic Me’s programme of Artists Residencies in Care Homes, in partnership with care home provider Anchor and performing arts companies including Punchdrunk Enrichment and Upswing.
We are absolutely over-the-moon to be able to announce that we have been awarded nearly £90,000 funding from these two wonderful funders. The investment is to expand the way our digital kit, Doris, might be used more widely by older people and to explore the further creative possibilities of virtual reality technology.
Dorset’s first arts festival for dementia, Reawakening, will celebrate the county’s heritage, countryside and artistic life – from the Jurassic coast to Thomas Hardy, historic houses and estates, horticulture, ceramics, music, dance, poetry and drama, textiles, basketry and carving in wood and stone. "As imaginative and artistic instincts can remain vibrant for years after onset of dementia, engaging with the arts and enjoying country exercise help preserve identity and sense of purpose in the community for longer.
The sixth annual London Creativity and Wellbeing Week will take place from 12-18 June 2017. LAHF has produced a brochure including all the events in the week. We are also planning a separate press and media campaign to promote events in the week and in Creativity and Wellbeing Plus – for events across the country and internationally. London Creativity and Wellbeing Week happened for the first time in 2012. The 2016 week saw over 150 events with nearly 25,000 participants right across London. The week has now become a crucial feature in the capital's cultural calendar. It is easy to submit events – simply click on the 'Submit an event' button on the right of this page where you can upload details of your events.
I am a PhD student at the University of Derby researching the use of participatory arts for promoting wellbeing and quality of life in older people. I am keen to engage with organisations working with older people to help inform my research.
Request for case studies – BBC documentary The BBC is producing a documentary that will follow a small group of centenarians to observe their life and show what it’s like to be 100 in the UK. They are keen to find people who can talk about their struggles, reflecting the kind of issues Age UK campaigns for and supports older people with - care, finance, loneliness and general vulnerability. If you have links with centenarians who would be willing to share their experiences, please get in touch with Age UK's Caroline.Minns@ageuk.org.uk by 1 April.
From immersive theatre through to a 1940s styled afternoon tea party, arts opportunities for older people received a boost today as we announced funding for 16 arts projects through our Celebrating Age programme.
A fascinating project is harnessing the power of the arts to unlock creativity and communication
16 cultural organisations have been awarded funding by Arts Council England to create work for and with people over 75 years old.
The £1m grant has been awarded to a project at the Centre for Performance Science, a cross-institutional partnership between the Royal College of Music (RCM) and Imperial College London, and will allow the team to explore the impact of the arts and culture from individual, social, and economic perspectives.
The 31st January 2017 saw the Dementia and Imagination team share some of the main highlights of the research programme with 106 delegates in attendance. This action-packed day was filled with research findings, film, exhibitions of work and workshops with artists. Some of the presentations from the day are available from our website:
I have been Ceramics Activities Lead at Nightingale Hammerson’s Clapham home since 2011 but pottery has been running for over 20 years among other creative activity such as painting, textiles, singing and poetry. The home is pioneering in terms of facilities and care provision; there are approximately 180 residents ranging from residential to nursing and living with dementia. In the time I been there I have been developing pottery classes and projects that are both inclusive to all and sensitive to the needs of each individual. To do this, with the support of a fantastic activity team, care staff and volunteers, I structure group classes, on-floor and one-to-one activities that always ensure I can work closely with each residents.
In April last year, Hat Fair Winchester requested pitches responding to the city council’s call for a creative project celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday Party. As a company, we love projects that play with theatrical conventions, break down barriers and invite the audience into the performance space but this piece was different. It had to involve older people and have a discussion about their lives at its heart. This was new territory for us.
Speculation about the seemingly magical connection between longevity and classical music abounds. Is it the intelligence associated with this level of creativity? In a study of over 49,000 creative types, Anisimov and Zharinov (2013), write that “persons who listen to classic music have more chance to live longer”. They attribute this to the intriguing and persistent findings surrounding the cognitive capabilities of classic musicians.
Have you ever thought about sharing your experiences with your peers? We need to know your highs, lows and tips on helping us to improve wellbeing for older people through the arts.
Blog by David Cutler, Director, The Baring Foundation 22/02/2017 Age UK has brought out its first Index of Wellbeing in Later Life. ‘Wellbeing’ is hard to define but elements include, a pleasurable life, sense of purpose, independence and dignity – in other words the life that we would want for ourselves and therefore the life everyone else deserves too.
This report explains why the Baring Foundation funds arts and older people activity and what it has supported for the first five years of the programme.
This report updates Joe Randall’s ground-breaking paper for the Foundation on digital arts and older people. Based on interviews with artists and ten new case studies it looks at new opportunities such as self-directed activity, personalised care and scaling up of work.
This guide has been produced by a working group chaired by David Cutler, the Director of the Baring Foundation. It has been written by a group of people with practical experience of making arts and cultural venues dementia friendly
West Yorkshire Playhouse has been leading the way in dementia-friendly performances. We have funded this new in-depth guide based on their unique experience to inspire more venues to take up this opportunity across the UK.
The Baring Foundation has had a three year collaboration with colleagues in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Along with a call to action and essays from experts this publication gives a rich series of case studies from the four countries themed by practice, research, training and policy.
A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work.
ILC-UK is the leading think-tank on ageing and demographic change. We have over 15 years’ experience of producing ground breaking research, policy analysis and debate. Presenting current and futures research on economic policy, families and community, health and social care, migration and integration, transport and planning, work and wellbeing. Issue and impact driven – we aim to improve public policy and practice both at the national and international level. We are solutions focussed and all our reports include targeted recommendations for future action. Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach: *Producing over 35 reports. *Holding over 50 high level events and conferences. *Featuring in every UK national newspaper and international publications, contributing to national TV and Radio debates and reaching an international Twitter audience of more than 5 million.
Established in 2014, the Elixir Festival is a unique event celebrating lifelong creativity and the contribution of older artists. It was set up to recognise the contribution that older artists make, challenge assumptions about what older people can and want to do, throw a spotlight on the diversity of dance practice and raise questions about what is next for the sector. In its inaugural year, the festival provided 2,500 people with the opportunity to experience older people dancing live and saw 500 older performers grace Sadler’s Wells’ stages. The Elixir Festival will return from 23-27 June 2017, to celebrate lifelong creativity and the legacy of older artists whose catalogue of work has changed the art form and continues to influence the future of dance. Alongside KnowBody II, the main stage programme, the festival will include seminars, workshops and three mixed programmes in the Lilian Baylis Studio.
tHE Dementia-Friendly Heritage Group is calling for case studies to be included in the ‘dementia-friendly heritage guide’, which aims to be published in autumn 2017. The Dementia-Friendly Heritage Group is a peer network working collaboratively to create a resource that will inspire and support heritage sector staff and volunteers to make their sites more dementia-friendly. All case studies that illustrate dementia-friendly heritage initiatives are welcome. Use the case study template • Authors will be contacted prior to publishing case studies • Case studies may be edited for length • Email your case studies by Sunday 30 April 2017 to email@example.com
A Theatre Trip for Every Child is an exciting new philanthropic giving scheme, aimed at encouraging individuals and businesses to donate money to provide free theatre tickets for every child in their local area. We are looking for part time Campaign Managers to lead the development of this appeal and grow relationships with donors, local businesses and schools in their local boroughs.
We are inviting carers, family members, friends and community volunteers to the Museum of Liverpool and our museum partners across England to find out more about dementia and the useful resources and activities museums can provide to support you and your loved ones. The free half-day dementia awareness workshop is specially developed for family carers. It will include an introduction to dementia through video stories to help understand the experience of living with dementia and being a carer. There will be an opportunity to try out our innovative My House of Memories app and take part in dementia-friendly museum activities. Dates will be publicised later in 2017.
We believe that museums and older people enrich each other. We aim to develop innovative and collaborative opportunities by bringing people together. As well as museum, galleries and arts professionals, the Network includes those from health and social care, voluntary sector, research professionals and older people themselves.
This report is an evaluation of a pilot programme.
The role that the arts can play in supporting individual mental health and wellbeing has been widely acknowledged, while research in the fields of arts and health has grown in recent decades both in the UK and internationally. Despite a growing acceptance of the benefits of engagement in the arts by clinicians, medical staff, carers and patients, sustained research programmes crossing the interface between arts and health remain a contested field. The two sectors do not necessarily share the same values, language, working methods or evaluation techniques. Nevertheless, the landscape is changing, with health providers across the UK realising the benefits of such interventions, thus embedding arts programmes in their service provision.
The University of Winchester were commissioned ti complete a six month research-based review of Elevate, an art based programme that had been running in Salisbury hospital since September 2013. The evaluation was carried out between June and November 2014. The aim was to find out the different aspects of the impact of Elevate on the patients, the hospital staff and the artists.
Investigating the benefits of singing for people with dementia.
Some of Winchester’s oldest residents have shared their life stories to shape an unusual new theatre performance that explores what it’s like to be an older person in contemporary Britain.
Teabooks from Bookfeast have produced an evaluation of its scheme to Book groups to older people in Oxfordshire
Are you looking to have a go at glass-making? Get along to the latest exhibition? Perhaps you’re searching the local listings for arts activities you can take your toddler to. You choose - there are lots of opportunities open to you. But what happens to that choice as we get older?
New research report into current practice in older people's dance, published by People Dancing and co-commissioned by Aesop, was launched at the House of Lords on 7 November 2016.
Churchill Fellowship Film
Using books to help people cope with mental, physical and emotional problems is gaining traction
f older people were able to enhance all their relationships through storytelling imagine what an enjoyable opportunity it would create.
The research could still use an upgrade in many areas. But what we know so far should cheer any arts advocate.
An estimated 120,000 people now take part in the Bealtaine Festival, making it one of Ireland’s biggest arts festivals. From dance to cinema, painting to theatre, Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists. It is a chance for people to make new and challenging work, a chance to communicate traditions between the generations. It is a chance for the novice to discover a talent until then unseen and a chance for a long-dormant skill to find a new outlet.
The Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company developed Digital Doris to overcome the challenges older people face during movement-based workshops held in residential care homes and day care centres. These included physical limitations, like short-term memory loss and mobility problems, plus the venues’ limited space.
Events are moments for residents to enjoy. Award-winning activities and volunteers coordinator Tamara Juckes shares her advice on making sure they are a success.
Too many urban spaces are daunting to older people. But Lyon and Manchester show that they needn’t be.
Researchers at Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde universities claim that physiological degeneration in the connections between cells in the frontal lobe means that older people are allegedly flummoxed by new-fangled things such as taps that you pull rather than twist.
Dance Theatre of Ireland offers WellDance for Seniors, a new Arts & Health initiative designed to foster creativity and social connection in older people whilst improving mobility and well being through creative dance classes & performances.
Lovely film from Equal Arts
Research shows that arts and culture can help to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life for people ages 65 and above.
At the first session with the patients, none of us, not even the therapists, really knew what we were doing or what was going to happen. I was very nervous. The instruments looked like the ones we had used at school and I was worried that it would be a bit demeaning. But by the end of the session, we’d structured this incredible piece of music and that suddenly made me realise what this could potentially do.
There is an invaluable charitable organisation in the UK called Paintings In Hospitals (PiH). By providing therapy and escapism through the medium of the visual arts they offer an alternative aspect to a patients care as well as solace and entertainment to visitors and the care professionals themselves. Established in London in 1959, Paintings in Hospitals works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Arts Therapists & practitioners take your clients on a journey through world museums many of which offer virtual and online tours of their collections...
Esmee Ward: Recently I was invited by the British Council and Hong Kong Arts Adminstrators to speak about ambition for arts and ageing at a Cultural Leadership summit in Hong Kong. Alongside my presentation, I led a workshop with arts professionals, exploring how organisations might become more age and dementia friendly and perhaps most exciting of all, I also ran a workshop with a group of local older people in an arts venue in North Point, HK. Garry Robson, Artistic Director of Birds of Paradise Theatre, a hugely respected director and innovator, also spoke at the conference about his experiences and work with disability arts in the UK and globally. The theme was Social Gains through Arts and it explored the ambition and aspiration amongst arts leaders to extend partnerships above and beyond the cultural sector and work collaboratively for wider social impact.
Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company is a well-established company that offers workshop and performance opportunities for older women. Participants (most of whom have never experienced any training in dance or theatre) have the opportunity to try out new dance-theatre based skills and make high quality performance projects alongside professional artists.
This is a really helpful guide. It provides links to a huge range of relevant information sources,data and facts about older people. It has an excellent section on how to develop library and information services strategies for older people – which means we don’t have to start at the very beginning. It also includes a useful checklist.
Over the past four years Jacksons Lane has developed a participation and outreach department that has increased our engagement across North London in areas such as Tottenham, Wood Green and part of Barnet. We have achieved lots with young people however a big focus of the work has been with older people. This has been an amazing and positive learning experience for us too.
Cornwall Museums Partnership is a charity which promotes collaborative working to help more people enjoy and explore Cornwall’s rich heritage. In our remote, rural region access to culture is a challenge for many, in particular older people. In 2016 we supported three museums to work collaboratively with artists, each museum using their collections as inspiration. We wanted to create more opportunities for older people to be inspired.
Japan has a long tradition of cultural and artistic appreciation, from tea ceremonies and flower arrangement, to unique forms of theater and dance. For many older people, post-retirement life offers a chance to pursue their creative interests with renewed vigor, sometimes revisiting past hobbies or learning something new.
Art in Mind started in 2013 when The Lightbox ran a series of pilot sessions, funded by a one off grant.Lightbox took its model from training and research carried out by Arts4Dementia and adapted it for our own particular style and needs. The pilot sessions proved very successful and some of those initial participants still attend regularly. Many remember the sessions, despite other memory problems.
A personal account of the 2016 Art of Good Health and Wellbeing conference in Sydney by Evan Dawson, Executive Director of Live Music Now
This new guide from the US outlines ways to reconcile the field-specific vocabularies used in the arts and health research; identifies study goals and methods for engaging community members as equal partners in a research project; and highlights the benefits of partnering for arts professionals and researchers.
A new book by Dovrat Harel.
The University of West London is seeking two PhD scholars to focus on multi-sensory approaches to dementia, and clothing and dress in dementia care. deadline 30 January 2017
Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing is a new 2-year AHRC funded research project exploring links between literature, health and environmentalism over the last century. It will look at current research into nature and wellbeing and the role of the arts and humanities in developing this relationship.
Researchers have identified a link between everyday creative activity and an “upward spiral” of increased wellbeing and creativity in young adults.
The 2017 Advancing Healthcare Awards has introduced a category for innovation in mental health services which aims to recognise the work of music, art and dramatherapists.
The Arts Council are currently involved in a crowd funding pilot, in collaboration with HLF and Nesta. It has invested £125,000 to help support individual artists with a proven track record looking to work in new ways, reach new audiences or develop their artistic practice. The artists create a fundraising project page on the Crowdfunder website, and once they reach 25% of their target (which must come from five unique backers) the funding is topped up by a further 25%. Artists must be looking to raise between £4,000 and £40,000.
For over 20 years there has been a focus and investment by the cultural sector to provide participatory learning activities for children and young people and programmes which target families. But over the same period research supporting the impact of arts on older people has also continued to emerge.
This beautiful 30 minute film **Parkinson Dances** is about contemporary dance in the treatment of Parkinson’s. It deals honestly with the emotional impact of diagnosis and the effects of PD.
This is a call out for applications to take part in an exciting opportunity open to Scottish-based artists in all artforms who are aged 50 and over and are in the early stages of a new artistic career.
The Age of Creativity is a network of professionals and organisations that thrives by working in partnership. If you’re specialism is opportunities and your work supports older people to enjoy improved health, wellbeing and quality of life through the arts and culture, then your website could feature here for free. If you provide information on your website that our national network could benefit from then we really need to connect up so get in touch today.”