Sunday, 30 August 2015

2020+ Art, Society and Public Health - Tickets Available Now

2020+ Art, Society and Public Health now open for booking. This free event will take place in the Manchester School of Art on the 7th October with opportunities to hear from others in the field from different countries and cultures. CLICK HERE to register. If you’d like the opportunity to present or workshop ideas (15 mins max) around your practice/research send no more than 200 words explaining what you do and why you’d like to share it and send it by the end of play on Sunday 6th September to

National Alliance News
Want to know more about the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and what it’s been up to? Read about the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and more, by clicking HERE.

Art & Recovery: A symposium exploring the relationship between art, addiction and recovery
13 October 2015 / 10am-12:30pm
Castlefield Gallery

Join this debate on the value of art within the addiction & recovery agenda. Speaking at the event will be Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health at MMU, Social Scientist Dr Ali Roy from UCLAN, Zoe Zontou, a Lecturer in Drama at Liverpool Hope University, UKRF founding Director & recovery activist, Alistair Sinclair and founding Director & Twelve commissioner, Mark Prest from Portraits of Recovery. See more and register by clicking on the Melanie Manchot photograph below.

Ideas & Pioneers Fund opens for applications 
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is inviting applications from small constituted organisations that have unique ideas to improve the life chances and opportunities of individuals and communities in the UK. The new Ideas and Pioneers Fund, which is being delivered by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, is providing seed funding for social change. Grants of up to £30,000 are available for up to 18 months to support ideas with unusual promise that will improve the life chances and opportunities of individuals and communities in the UK. Funding is available to people working on their own; partnerships or small teams of people working independently, i.e. not as part of an organisation or association; and people working in small organisations with a constitution. Go into the woods below to find out more.

Transitions in Later Life Funding
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is accepting applications to its Transitions in Later Life Fund. The fund is for projects that enhance emotional and mental wellbeing by drawing on resilience-building approaches and showing how these can be applied in pre-retirement to equip people for other later life transitions. Organisations registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland interested in advancing mental wellbeing for people in later life can apply and preference will be given to applications that build on current knowledge, expertise and build capacity in existing projects. There will be a financial support element of around £25,000 but the focus is on providing practical support through consultancy and collaboration. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 5pm on 11th September 2015. Read more by clicking the pixels below.


Sunday, 9 August 2015


2020+ Art, Society & Public Health
If you are interested in sharing your work at the next big, free networking event at Manchester School of Art on the 7th October between 10:00am and 4:00pm, please email me an expression of interest in no more than 200 words outlining who you are, what you do and what you'd like to input. The day is all about sharing, exploring and developing new relationships and collaborations, whilst acknowledging we all work in a time of ‘austerity’. 

I'm looking for short and sharp input at 15 minutes maximum. Please only email this to and please note that there won't be any replies to these emails until the first week of September, and I may not be able to accommodate you all! Applications for general attendance will be open the first week of September. The event now has confirmed international input from colleagues in Finland, Japan and Lithuania and will have approximately 200 delegates.

The UK Arts and Health Research/Development Archive 
This week the work of my friend and colleague Dr Langley Brown has come to fruition. Langley has been working tirelessly with colleagues across the UK who have gathered archives over this last 30 years. The extensive Arts for Health archive, alongside other key collections across the UK, have been gathered at Manchester Metropolitan University and collectively document a representative range of approaches across the arts & health movement since the mid 70s. These archives have now been donated to the Wellcome Library, where they will be catalogued over the next two years before being opened to the public. To mark the acquisition of these collections, the Wellcome Library is to host a Witness Seminar in March 2016, and this will be immediately followed by the inaugural Mike White Memorial Lecture - Mike's archive is one of the collections currently being transferred to the Wellcome. More details about the lecture and the archive will be released as the work and planning progress. My personal thanks to Langley for this important piece of work.

Dying this Week... 
This week, as well as the passing of Cilla and the continued mourning of a celebrity lion in Africa, there were a few other deaths. 

On the 5th August a fishing boat carrying around 700 people capsized of the Libyan coast where around 200 people drowned. The International Organisation for Migration warned that the number of migrants attempting to make the crossing is much higher than in the same period last year, its director general, William Lacy Swing, comments: “It is unacceptable that in the 21st Century people fleeing from conflict, persecutions, misery and land degradation must endure such terrible experiences […] and then die on Europe’s doorstep.” 

On the 6th August we remembered Hiroshima. That’s 80,000 people killed instantly and over course of the year up to 166,000 

8th August was Dying to Know Day 
Friends and colleagues in Australia are ploughing a rich way forward in their conversations about how we die in the 21st century, through their annual Dying to Know Day, co-ordinated by the brilliant Kerrie Noonan and her team at the Groundswell Project. Here’s the lovely Death Talker, Molly Carlile on prime time TV.

Dicing with Dr Death“From his involvement in the deaths of four real-life patients under Australia’s Rights of the Terminally Ill Act, to his fondness for the do-it-yourself approach, Dr Philip Nitschke takes his audience on a rip-roaring ride through his 20 years working with life’s one certainty: death.” Police have intervened to stop a potentially lethal gas being used during a controversial Edinburgh Fringe event over August, by the right-to-die campaigner known as Dr Death. Dr Philip Nitschke was told hours before he was due on stage that he could not use gas cylinders needed for a key part of the show. He had brought his updated euthanasia machine, Destiny, to Scotland, and planned to invite audience members to join him on stage and experience being “gassed” to show how “a peaceful and reliable means of death” is carried out. He was to have used cylinders containing 100 per cent nitrogen, but that was blocked.

And finally - attempting to escape whatever atrocities they’ve experienced in their own countries, people variously labelled refugees, asylum seekers and illegal immigrants are dying regularly trying to get into the UK. Whilst it's a shame it messes up our August get-aways, since February this year 12 people have been killed, 11 of them over June/July. Humans - everyone of them - children, lovers, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers. 

Panic on the Streets of Whitehall...
As the great and the good of Whitehall slug it out in the Labour Leadership campaign, I’m hearing all sorts of gibberish coming from the media and those fighting for power. It’s all largely concerned with taking pot-shots at one-time outsider, Jeremy Corbyn. Now he’s vying for the top slot and gaining the support of young voters, it’s all about how inappropriate he is for the job! What happened to vision and passion in politics and what on earth has happened to Labour? Still basking in the warm glow of its faith healer, Blair, who still has to account publicly for his part in what’s largely agreed, was an illegal war. At least Corbyn wants Blair to stand trial for his "war crimes". Apparently Andy Burnham says he’s all for nationalising the railways, scrapping free schools and academies and scrapping tuition fees! Well whoopee - nothing like a tokenistic nod to the left. Let’s not forget your old government introduced tuition fees Andy. Let’s not forget too, that after putting your moniker on the Prospectus for Arts and Health, you promptly stuck your head in the sand and avoided any publicity about it.

Between Menopause and Old Age, Alternative Beauty – A Workshop 
Monday 23 to Saturday 28 November, 2015, London 
Deadline for applications Wednesday 30 September. 
What is it? The acclaimed Mexican performance artist Rocio Boliver will run a unique workshop for ten older women artists. “My workshop aims to demystify "the horror of old age", inventing my own deranged aesthetic and moral solutions for the "problem of age." I hope my mockery of this absurd contemporary reality exposes a broken society based on looks and how old age became synonymous with insult.” This practical workshop will focus on the possibilities of collaborative approaches and the ways in which working together might open up new possibilities for representations and understandings of some of the issues facing women artists, and particularly older women artists, including the ageing body, disempowerment, and invisibility.

…and to round off this light-hearted summer blog, here's some gentle relief from Philip Larkin.


There is an evening coming in
Across the fields, one never seen before,
That lights no lamps.

Silken it seems at a distance, yet
When it is drawn up over the knees and breast
It brings no comfort.

Where has the tree gone, that locked
Earth to the sky? What is under my hands,
That I cannot feel?

What loads my hands down?


Sunday, 2 August 2015

Out, damn'd spot! out, I say!

A slight blog this week as I succumb to the Black Death. 
Thanks to Pieter Bruegel for his illustrative account of my descent.

DCMS told to plan for up to 40% cuts
The Department for Culture Media and Sport has been told by George Osborne to plan for cuts of 40% over the next three years. DCMS, along with all other government departments except for defence, health, education and international development, have been told to pan for two scenarios for 25% and 40% cuts to 2019. The Arts Council, which had been hoping to negotiate for an increase in grant in aid backed up by the value of the creative industries which contribute £7.7 billion a year to the economy, is expected to take another hit, following the 30% cut to arts funding since 2011 when it fell from £449m to £349m, with another 5% in 2013. 

Arts Council England Funding for Developing Sector Leaders 
The Arts Council England's Developing Sector Leaders programme is open to applications. Funding is available for activities to develop leadership and governance relevant to the arts and culture sectors. Leadership and governance development organisations with a strong track record (over three years of successful delivery of professional development activities) in the cultural sector can apply to this programme. To be eligible for funding organisations must have a national reach across libraries, museums and arts organisations and be compliant with all relevant governance reporting and accountability requirements. Up to £1.5m can be applied for but applicants need to have a minimum of 10% match funding from cash income. Projects must start from January 2016 onwards and complete by September 2019. The deadline for applications is midday on 27th August 2015. Read more at: 

Artists in Residence Grants 
The Levehulme Trust is offering grants of up to £15,000 to UK universities and museums to foster a new creative collaboration with an artist (visual artists, creative writers, musicians, poets) working in a discipline outside the institution's usual curriculum. Artists may not apply directly - all applications must be made by the host institution. There must be a distinct contrast between the artist and host department's expertise (for example, a poet being hosted by a physics department, a composer by a geography department). The residency must be a newly constituted collaboration between artist and hosts.

The grants provide a stipend of up to £12,500 for the artist and consumable costs, such as artist's materials, of up to £2500. A typical residency would be for ten months based on the artist being present at the host institution for two days per week. The deadline for applications is 4pm on the 10th September 2015. Read more at: 

The National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing is a consortium and website where information about museums and health can be shared; to improve existing practice, help build resilience and provide resources and support for those individuals and organisations working in this area of activity. The Alliance is funded by Arts Council England.


Sunday, 26 July 2015


I am interested to hear from nurses and clinical staff who may have worked with artists, performers and actors to explore how they work with patients around the complex daily interactions. Ultimately how communication might be improved through the arts. I have some visitors from a Portuguese nursing/education context coming to the Manchester School of Art around September 8th/9th/10th and want to workshop some ideas with them to explore new possibilities in nursing education. Please email if this resonates, or you might like to be involved. As with all North West Arts & Health Networking events, it’s free, so I can’t offer hard cash - but together, we can try to change things.

Artist Warwick Thornton shares his startling images of Indigenous children in 'fast-food suicide vests' at the Anna Schwartz Gallery. Here’s an extract about the show, The Future is Unforgiving. "An Aboriginal boy named Sterling looks down, clutching his chest, which is bare except for the suicide vest of McDonald’s take-away containers crudely strapped to it."

"His burden is clear; the fast food he consumes has rendered him a ticking time-bomb for disease, and the expression on his face indicates it is a future he believes is inevitable.” In her accompanying text for the exhibition, the chair of Indigenous studies at the University of Melbourne, Professor Marcia Langton, discusses how the potential of children has been lost. For children like Sterling, his “socialisation is bereft of traditions such as hunting and bereft of the vast knowledge of his traditional estate, environments, fauna and flora, his rightful patrimony”. See images from this important small show by clicking on either image of Sterling.

MADE in Manchester 
MADE, a multimedia arts exhibition featuring the work of over 60 learning disabled visual artists, which explores the theme of ‘the natural versus the manufactured’, is opening at the People’s History Museum on the 25th July. Over the last 12 months artists with learning disabilities have worked together with the Venture Arts team to produce the work for the MADE exhibition from their studio in Hulme, Manchester. Over 100 pieces of new and vibrant work have been created in preparation for the exhibition using a range of artistic media including drawing, painting, animation, printmaking, art as environment, 3D sculpture, illustration, photography, ceramics and textiles.

The artists involved in the project chose themes of the natural versus the manufactured in order to explore, through their art, the changing environments around them. Amanda Sutton, Venture Arts manager added: “In an ever changing world the views and perspectives of artists with a learning disability are essential to helping us all understand how we look at and live in a modern Manchester. As well as what our role is within the modern Manchester of today." Josh Butt, Curatorial Assistant, People’s History Museum: “Since the industrial revolution there has always been conflict between the rise industry and the protection of nature. MADE will bring both a contemporary and local perspective to this clash, well suited to museum as the home of ‘ideas worth fighting for’.” The ‘MADE’ exhibition can be seen at The Engine Hall, People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER. From the 25th July – 18th October 2015. With a special launch event on the 30th July, which will include a live-streamed broadcast over social media. Admission is free.

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects 
The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 19th October 2015. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The Trust's aim is to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is now being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not supported. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered. Click on the tigers eye for more details.

City Health Care Partnership Foundation Small Grants Programme
The City Health Care Partnership Foundation has announced that the next deadline for its small grant programme is the 1st September 2015. The programme provides grants or donations of up to £1,000 to local voluntary and community organisations, schools and/or other not-for-profit organisations to carry out activities, projects or one-off events that contribute towards the health and wellbeing of people throughout the UK. To be eligible, groups and organisations needs to have been in existence for at least one year, have an annual income of less than £30,000 and work for the benefit of the local community in which CHCP CIC operates. 

Sunday, 19 July 2015


So - the October 7th date is creeping up on us and ideas are forming for what it might be. I’ll be asking for expressions of interest to share your practice, research and thinking over the next few weeks, but keep that date free. The room is booked and hey - who knows - I may even get some refreshments laid on! More will follow each week now.

This week I have been hunkered down in the Nertherlands and Dublin with recovery communities exploring what the Recoverist Manifesto means to them and how they might influence the way this work develops as part of their civil rights agenda. Thank you to the brilliant men of the Coolmine Therapeutic Community and to the free thinkers of Novadic Kentron - and of course Portraits of Recovery who through the Typecast project, made these workshops possible. Great that Ireland’s Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar opened the Dublin Typecast Exhibition, and you can read his speech here.

For any activists in recovery from substance misuse who’d like a free place at the UK Recovery Federation event in Manchester, get in touch. For anyone wanting to know more about Typecast and the 5 countries that have played a part in this work, there’s a free event in Stafford on 31st July. Find out more about it by clicking here.

Arts & Health Australia
The peak organisation for arts, health and wellbeing in Australasia - Arts and Health Australia - is organising 2 major calender events this year. Between the 25th and 27th August they are holding Celebrate Creative Aging Sydney at the Sydney Opera House with Anne Davis Basting headlining the event. Many of you in the North West will remember Anne giving her brilliant evening event here in Manchester in July 2012. Author of the seminal work on the arts and dementia - Forget Memory - Basting will share her recent research and practice. In November the 7th Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, International Arts and Health Conference will take place at the Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. A million miles from the North West perhaps, but this annual calender event for all things arts and health is always exhilarating and gives you the opportunity to meet diverse kindred spirits from the field from across the globe.

Funding to Widen Access to the Arts 
The Paul Hamlyn Fund has grants available for not-for-profit organisations, of any size, working anywhere in the UK, to test, implement and develop ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. Priority will be given to projects working in areas of social and economic deprivation outside of London. Two types of grant are available to support work at different stages of development. The Access and participation ‘explore and test' grants provide funding for up to two years to help test new approaches or gather evidence for the first time about approaches that have been used before.

The deadline for application is 15th September 2015. The Access and participation ‘more and better' grants provide longer, larger grants to help increase the impact and effectiveness of work which has already shown promise or positive impact. The deadline for applications is 1st November 2015. Read more at

Funding for Projects that Promote Healthy Hearts
Heart Research UK has announced that its Health Hearts Grants Programme will re-open for applications in July 2015. Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Grants of up to £5,000 and £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message. The closing date for applications will be the 31st August 2015. Read more by clicking on the lovely old tree above. 

...are running art sessions for individuals with long term mental health problems and people affected by bereavement, stress and or trauma. Sessions in Didsbury at the Nazarene College are shortly taking place, please click on the poster above for more details.

The Kiss and Other Movements
Late news communing in as I write the blog - two interesting articles in the paper today: one on Dementia and Art, the other on the fine art of kissing! Depending on your preference  click on either the William Utermohlen image above or the kiss below.


Sunday, 12 July 2015

…hello again

Wonderful to share the Recoverist Manifesto in Tallinn with new faces and old friends at the MAPSI conference. Thank you compadres.

Interesting back home, to see that it’s being reported in the UK, that jobs in the arts are growing at a higher rate than in any other area of the creative industries, but new figures from the DCMS lay bare the scale of the diversity problem. Click on the Linnahall, former Lenin Palace of Sports and Culture for more DCMS detail.

The DCMS also tell us that the rise in the value of exports by arts organisations also far outstripped any other area of the creative industries. £704m of music, performing and visual arts services were exported in 2013, a 146% increase on 2009. But is our understanding of cultural value just about the CASH? What about the oblique, the immeasurable and the profound? I had the pleasure to hear Dr Eleanora Belfiore speak last week. She pointedly discussed the obfuscation of politicians who hide behind the cult of measurement, and illustrated some of the ways we understand cultural successes through the profiteering of the production company behind My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding - a ‘documentary’ that whilst bringing in the big cash and franchising its 'product' globally, does nothing for travellers and gypsies other than perpetuate inequalities, stereotypes and stigma, whilst neatly neglecting to pay any of the participants to take part in its mockery. Good to hear about the counter blasting Our Big Real Gypsy Lives. Brilliant, Belfiore!

We’ve all been impressed by the groundswell of political engagement in Scotland, and not in the slightest bit surprised by their wholesale rejection of the political status quo, but let’s also hear it for Wales too - a country that wants to put the arts at the heart of the curriculum! Arts Professional reports that: ‘the expressive arts will be one of six areas of learning and experience that will take the place of traditional subjects as Wales approves a radical overhaul of its curriculum for primary and secondary schools.’

‘Expressive arts will be one of six ‘areas of learning and experience’ that the Welsh national curriculum for ages 3 to 16 will adopt in place of traditional subjects. The other areas are: health and wellbeing; humanities; languages, literacy and communication; mathematics and numeracy; and science and technology. Success will be measured against four key ‘purposes’ of education: supporting young people to become ambitious, capable learners; enterprising, creative contributors; ethical, informed citizens; and healthy, confident individuals.’

So now I don’t just want to be a Scot, but I’d like dual citizenship with Wales too!

Still, we always have our dear old government, where Education Security, the turgid Nicky Morgan, has warned young people that choosing to study arts subjects at school could “hold them back for the rest of their lives”. Speaking at the launch of a campaign to promote science, technology, engineering and maths – the STEM subjects – Morgan said the 'idea that choosing arts or humanities subjects can keep pupils’ career choices open “couldn’t be further from the truth”.

(Let’s not forget that true-blue Morgan, was dubbed the "minister for straight women" when she voted against the introduction of same-sex marriage in 2013, argued that marriage could only be between a man and a woman. Yet, she went on to be the governments Minister for Women and Equalities. You could’t make it up!)

She continues: “But if you wanted to do something different, or even if you didn’t know what you wanted to do…then the arts and humanities were what you chose. Because they were useful – we were told ­– for all kinds of jobs. Of course now we know that couldn’t be further from the truth, that the subjects that keep young people’s options open and unlock doors to all sorts of careers are the STEM subjects.”

The Stage usefully share this HERE, and more than that, they let us know that their recent poll indicated that more than three-quarters of online respondents believe arts subjects should be compulsory at GCSE. 1,268 people over a period of one week took part in the poll, with 77.3% – 981 people – in favour and less than a quarter – 22.6% – said the arts should not be compulsory. The survey was conducted after the government unveiled plans to exclude the arts from compulsory GCSEs.

Hey Ho!

Artists in Residence Grants
The Levehulme Trust is offering grants of up to £15,000 to UK universities and museums to foster a new creative collaboration with an artist (visual artists, creative writers, musicians, poets) working in a discipline outside the institution's usual curriculum. Artists may not apply directly - all applications must be made by the host institution. There must be a distinct contrast between the artist and host department's expertise (for example, a poet being hosted by a physics department, a composer by a geography department). The residency must be a newly constituted collaboration between artist and hosts.

The grants provide a stipend of up to £12,500 for the artist and consumable costs, such as artist's materials, of up to £2500. A typical residency would be for ten months based on the artist being present at the host institution for two days per week. The deadline for applications is 4pm on the 10th September 2015. Read more by clicking on the random image below.

Blackpool Council: Arts & Health Development Officer 
Maternity cover
Location: Central Library, Queen St Blackpool, FY1 1PX
Salary: £22,937 to £26,293 pro rata based on hours worked (Grade: F, part time) 
Working Hours: 22 hours per week over 3 days, maternity cover until 31st March 2016.
Contract Type: Temporary
Closing date: 22/07/2015 23:59
The Arts and Health Development Officer is responsible for initiating, planning and managing the delivery of the Arts for Health Programme and is part of the Council’s Arts Service. The programme is targeted at people with mild to moderate mental health problems, and aims to improve wellbeing, by offering high quality creative workshops that are stimulating and supportive. The effective management and supervision of freelance sessional artists is crucial to the smooth running of the programme and the participant`s experience of Arts for Health.

The post holder will work closely with key delivery partners, referrers and public health commissioners to develop and promote the programme. An important part of the role is to manage the collation and monitoring of the evaluation information to evidence the effectiveness of the service and the impact of creativity on wellbeing. To apply, click on the plea for more poetry below.


Sunday, 5 July 2015

...elada Eestis

First things first - I’ve been working with people involved in the field of memory loss this last two weeks. Some are part of Dementia & Imagination and others inhabit similar places. I am quite staggered by your ideas and vision. From the O.T’s, to the students - the artists, to the researchers - you are inspiring. Thank you. The very short film above, is something I created for a workshop, that I hope says something about possibility, desires and yet again, imagination. It doesn’t matter what your label is, or even worse, your ‘prognosis’ - we all have potential - let’s explore it.

Here we present our latest ramblings and ruminations following Chaos & Comfort and preceding the near magical date of the 7th October, in which we will congregate, share and debate our ever-expanding field of practice and research. To whet your appetite, here is 2020+ (above)and I am indebted to Kamila Kasperowicz for her help with this. 

But just what is this 7th October all about? Well, aside from more chaos & comfort, (which seem the key ingredients of our get-togetherness) this date offers you some grand opportunities, and I can confirm guests from Japan will be attending and presenting. From Lithuania, friends and allies at Socialiniai Meno Projektai will be sharing research and practice. More international travellers will be wending their way to the Manchester School of Art. So it will be an event to share practice and research - to ferment new ideas and relationships - to incubate our hybrid dreams and let loose into this world - our Exquisite Corpse of ideas and dreams. Keep watching.

The Recoverist Manifesto in an ‘...age of dislocation’
I am thrilled that people want to hear about this ongoing work and I have shared the Recoverist Manifesto in various locations around the UK, in Italy, Turkey, Lithuania and Australia and like some fly-in-fly-out, dayglow jacket wearing recoverist, I am sharing in the beautiful Estonia,(where I'm blogging from) Dublin and Holland all over a few days.

You’ll know by now that the manifesto developed as part of my work with people affected by substance misuse and Portraits of Recovery, and I’m pleased to say that emerging iterations of it are developing and that the UK Recovery Federation are embracing the notion of Recoverism and have asked me to share the work at their annual conference in Manchester in September. I am honoured to. In the meantime, designer of the Recoverist Manifesto, and masters student here at the Manchester School of Art, Nick Young, has responded to the work as part of his ongoing studies. Whilst the MA show isn’t until October, here’s a taste of what he’s up to. Click on Nick's work to find out more about the UK Recovery Federation's September event.

Socialiniai Meno Projektai (SMP) is one of the first organisations in Lithuania that works in the space between cultural, social and health sectors. The organisation aims to extend the availability of the arts and address issues around social exclusion. Since SMP formed in 2013, they are striving to expand wider public understanding of the importance of the arts to individual and communal health. They are implementing teaching programs, educational and creative workshops and research into the influence of the arts on health. Dance Laboratory is a new project being launched in the Lithuanian city of Kaunas for people with disabilities from the “Workshops of Light” community.You can find out more or support this specific Dance Laboratory project, by clicking on the dance image by Irutė Jarusevičiūtė below.

IMPACT: Generate and Demonstrate
Conference: 16th July, 9.30am-4pm, Manchester Metropolitan University, Hulme
Organised by Cartwheel Arts, this conference aims to explore the building, evidencing and communicating the impact of creative projects on mental wellbeing. Health professionals and Third Sector organisations will share creative solutions to generate positive mental wellbeing. Exploring tools and methods, to capture evidence and effectively communicate impact. To register and for more details, click on the image below.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation 
New UK Grants Strategy
One of the UK’s largest independent grant-making foundations has launched its new strategic plan which will run from 2015 to 2021 and increased its funding by £5 million per year. The Foundation which closed to applications last October has reopened with a new strategy which focuses on six new priorities relating to the changes it wishes to see in the UK. The Foundation's work in the UK (it also works in India) will focus on achieving the following six strategic priorities:
  • Supporting imaginative people to nurture exciting ideas.
  • Widening access and participation in the arts.
  • Improving people's education and learning through the arts.
  • Showing that the arts make a difference to people's lives.
  • Supporting the development and growth of organisations investing in young people and positive change.
  • Improving support for young people who migrate, and strengthen integration so that communities can live well together.

...are currently looking for submissions to their next national exhibition in collaboration with Craftspace. The exhibition will focus on craft-based pieces, and the works selected from the call out will be displayed alongside work by renowned historical and contemporary ‘outsider artists.’ The exhibition will open at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester in March 2016 before touring to further venues around the UK.

As they work with artists facing barriers to the art world, they know that many of those who would like to submit work might need some extra support. To overcome this, they are holding a series of Surgery Days across the country, which consist of free one hour one-to-one sessions where the Outside In team will support artists to create an online gallery on our website and submit work to the exhibition. Please find some text below – we would be really grateful if you are able to pass this on to any artists you know, or advertise on any of your platforms.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 30 October 2015, and artists are also able to submit on their own directly through our website. More information can be found here: 

Surgery Day sessions are one-to-one and last for an hour, and are taking place all over the UK - from Hastings to Perth, and from Cardiff to Ipswich. To find out if there's a Surgery Day near you, and for information on how to book a slot, please follow this link: