Health & Wellbeing in Cultural Organisations & Universities

  • The New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, ST5 0JG
  • 14/11/2018
  • 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Free to attend, refreshments provided
Travel bursaries available for researchers, freelancers and those working outside an institutional context.

The Forum has convened this event to share understanding of the collaborative role universities and cultural organisations in regard to the arts, health and wellbeing. During this event, we will look at how universities and arts organisations can work together improve the quality of research and evaluation of the impact of arts activity on health and wellbeing and the impact that arts activity can have on the health and wellbeing of university students.

The context for this event is informed by the recent All-Party Parliamentary report on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (2015–17); an inquiry into practice and research in the arts in health and social care, with a view to making recommendations to improve policy and practice.

There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion following presentations from Michaela Butter, Director of Attenborough Arts at the University of Leicester and member of UCAN working group (University Centres for the Arts networking group) and Dr Carolyn Blackburn, Reader in Interdisciplinary Practice and Research with Families at Birmingham City University with Rebecca Ledgard, Director of Education at Ex Cathedra, a leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble whose project ‘Singing Medicine’ has been bringing the benefits of singing play to children in hospital since 2004. The event is hosted by the New Vic Theatre which has been working with Keele University on a National Lottery funded ‘Celebrating Age’ project, to develop arts events and performances created by and for older people across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

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