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Engage International Conference 2018

Contributors to A Social Prescription will include:

Keynote - day one

Clive Parkinson, Director,  The Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change and Reader in Arts, Health & Social Justice will deliver the Conference Keynote address, exploring the place  of the arts  and artists in a  contemporary health context, taking the city as its starting point.

Plenary 1 - Community Engagement: Tactile to Virtual
Chaired by John Whall, Digital Participation Curator, Derby QUAD

Rachel Massey, Arts and Wellbeing Engagement Programmer, Yorkshire Sculpture Park will reflect on Leap of Faith - a collaborative engagement project that involved women’s centres, artists, therapists, a researcher and a horse-assisted learning practitioner. 

Professor Karen Ingham, Interdisciplinary Artist and Honorary Fellow, Swansea University Medical School and Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity St David will discuss Virtual Embodiments,  a pilot project that uses creative virtual reality tools to help young people manage  their mental health. 

Parallel Sessions 1: Where and how we live, work and recover

A choice between:

Kate Pleydell, Art Projects and Engagement Coordinator, Imperial Health Charity and Amal Khalaf, Curator, Projects, Serpentine Gallery will lead a conversation on the benefits of collaborative residencies between health organisations and galleries. 

Iona McCann, Outreach Manager, Art in Healthcare and Jane Willis, Director, Willis Newson will consider how the arts fit into the model of social prescribing, with an explanation of the health policy that is driving it forward and how museums and galleries can contribute and collaborate. The session will also introduce ROOM FOR ART, a series of visual arts workshops delivered by artists throughout Edinburgh using a social prescribing approach.

Fraser MacDonald, Collections Coordinator & Suttie Arts Space Programme Curator, Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT) will tell us more about their development of arguably the UK’s only bespoke commissioning exhibition space with a healthcare setting, The Suttie Arts Space (winner of the Best Collaborative Arts Project 2017 – Building Better Healthcare). The session will engage with concerns around supporting art practice and audiences within this context.

NEW >> Clare Farmer, Dance Well Project Officer and Archita Kumar, Dance Well Artist, Akademi will introduce Dance Well, the health and wellbeing work of Akademi South Asian Dance UK, in community organisations and hospitals. Professional dance artists lead movement and dance workshops based on South Asian dance forms including Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Bollywood to help improve physical and mental wellbeing of older adults and people living with dementia. This session will include a short discussion of Akademi's health work followed by a practical workshop led by Archita Kumar.

NEW >> Bella Eacott, Research Manager and Carly Annable-Coop, Programme Manager & Associate Artist, Performing Medicine by Clod Ensemble will introduce delegates to a series of practical exercises and techniques to help prepare for, respond to, and wind down from busy and stressful schedules; building stamina and resilience

NEW >> Jon Daffydd-Kid, Artist Mentor cARTrefu, Age Cymru and Angela Rogers, Engage Cymru Coordinator will lead an Age Cymru cARTrefu Interactive workshop exploring creative, participative practice in care settings for older people. 


Day two


Parallel session 2: Wellbeing

A choice between:

The Expanded field of Digestion  

Natasha Rosling, Artist will invite delegates to expand upon the theme of 'digestion' both literally and metaphorically - questioning the binary oppositions that have traditionally encompassed the body such as inside and outside; emotional and physical; human and non-human and exploring the role that different food cultures play in shaping our relationship with what is 'other' and the links this has with wellbeing.   


Measuring the outcomes of co-produced projects

Julie McCarthy, Manager, Great Place, Greater Manchester Combined Authority will consider the challenges of developing useful  outcome measures for work that is co-produced  by the culture and voluntary sectors - what are the dilemmas we face balancing the truly participative, with tangible and positive outcomes for participants alongside and artistic quality? 


Virtual Spaces: Whitworth Minecraft 

Steven Roper, Primary School Coordinator and Digital Artist, Gemma May Latham invite you to explore the gallery in the specially commissioned Whitworth Minecraft to open discussions around how this virtual resource could be used in the context of health and wellbeing. Pete Bottomley, Co-founder and Director of White Paper Games, will discuss Ether One and how we’re able to use games to communicate difficult subject topics.


The B Positive Choir

Verna Davis and Zena Taylor, B Positive Choir, will host a singing workshop that will allow listeners to experience how singing can help enhance their well being, especially in preparation for the day that lies ahead.


‘Living Artefacts’: Exploring Healthy Ageing in Urban Areas through Dialogical Interaction

Sarah Lindley, Professor of Geography and Rebecca Taylor, Research Associate, University of Manchester will introduce The Green Infrastructure and Health and Wellbeing Influences on an Ageing Population project is a multi-disciplinary and cross University research project under the 'Valuing Nature Programme' funded by NERC, AHRC and ESRC. The project creates an exciting opportunity to study healthy ageing in urban areas and specifically focuses on the benefits of caring for green spaces. This breakout session asks if 'living artefacts' could be an appropriate definition for objects, items or things that embody how green space is valued by those who take care of it.

Designer-activist-researcher Rebecca Taylor and Professor Sarah Lindley invite you to be curious about; How might 'living artefacts' represent and embody people's participation in caring for green space? How might arts and cultural organisations engage in 'living artefacts'? And, how might 'living artefacts' be curated and dialogical interaction facilitated? This breakout session will provide a unique opportunity to prototype an exhibition of 'living artefacts' and provide you with information about age-friendly cities and design activism as participatory action research.


The Ethics Committee will take questions from the audience on a broad range of questions related to the ethics of art and health practice. Issues might include gallery education - impact and responsibility; health inequalities; revisioning collections to reflect changing perspectives on mental health and social progress. 

Please submit your questions this link: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ethicscommitteeengage before before 9.00am on Wednesday 14 November.

Chair: Angela Samata, Freelance Arts and Mental Health Professional 
Panellists include: Katy Culbard, Programme Manager - Loudspeaker, Nottingham Contemporary and John Whall, Digital Participation Curator, Derby QUAD.
Full list of panellists to be announced shortly. 

Contributor biographies

Angela Samata
Angela presented the BBC1 BAFTA nominated and Mind Award winning Life After Suicide. With 5 million viewers globally,the film challenged the stigma around suicide and mental health issues.

Under Angela’s leadership,the Survivors of the Bereavement by Suicide,a national charity, doubled its number of peer support groups.Co-author of the NHS70 Award wining #SeeSaySignpost training and member of the Suicide Prevention All Party Parliamentary Group, Angela was named Merseyside Woman of the Year 2016.A Tate Advisory Board member and previous Head of The John Moores Painting Prize, Angela’s experience in Mental Health and the Arts recently culminated in a Winston Churchill Fellowship.

Katy Culbard
Since 2016, Katy has managed a creative programme called Loudspeaker at Nottingham Contemporary for women with multiple and complex needs. Loudspeaker projects help women move away from domestic abuse, addiction, homelessness and poor health. Katy represents Nottingham Contemporary at partnership board level alongside referral partners in the East Midlands. Before that, Katy worked for museums, libraries and galleries in the UK delivering creative projects about accessibility, learning, health and employability. 

John Whall
John is the Digital Participation Curator at QUAD in Derby, developing the delivery of QUAD’s participatory and creative wellbeing programmes, engaging participants in arts and contemporary culture through digital media. He leads the Digital Participation Expedition with the East Midlands Participatory Arts Forum (EMPAF) and Digital Participation action group for the ArtWorks Alliance (AWA), exploring what we mean by “digital participation” in arts and culture.

He is currently part of the 2018-19 cohort for the Extend Leadership Programme and is passionate about leading authentic participation which enables a participant first approach to working with and within the medium of digital. 


Keynote - day two

Esme Ward, Director, Manchester Museum

Plenary 2: Working Together

Chaired by Jane Willis, Director, Willis Newson

Alex Coulter, Director of Arts & Health South West and Chair of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance will report on The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance and outline recommendations from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Phil George, Chair, Arts Council of Wales
will introduce Building Arts and Health Alliances - a Memorandum of Understanding with the Welsh NHS Confederation, the Cross Party Group in the Assembly and impact research relationships with Higher Education. 

Rachel Blanche, Lecturer in Cultural Policy and Management, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
will look at embedding quality insights from the participatory arts sector into next-practice for Arts and Health Commissioning.

Zoe Brown, Outreach Officer, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums will focus on the practical stuff - delivering what and with who? Setting up referral pathways. Meeting multi partner outcomes, identifying the overlaps.


Parallel Session 3 - Re-education: artists and clinicians

A choice between:

Katy McCall, Learning Manager, Families, Manchester Art Galleries will examine how galleries and art objectives support the delivery of health services for young children and their families, with reference to innovative work at Manchester Art Gallery in partnership with the Manchester Health Visiting Team, Sure Start and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Clive Parkinson, Director, The Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change and Reader in Arts, Health & Social Justice will lead a hands-on workshop building on research undertaken as part of the  Dementia & Imagination research project.This workshop conjoins theory and practice to explore the critical ingredients to facilitating rich and inspiring visual arts projects with and for people living with dementia.

NEW >> Kate Pleydell, Art Projects and Engagement Coordinator, Imperial Health Charity and Amal Khalaf, Curator, Projects, Serpentine Gallery  will lead a conversation on the benefits of collaborative residencies between health organisations and galleries. 

NEW >> Angela Samata, Freelance Arts and Mental Health Professional. Would you know what to do if someone said they felt suicidal? Hear the co-author of the internationally acclaimed See Say Signpost training describe this innovative approach to suicide prevention and learn how anyone can have the conversation. 

NEW >> Wendy Gallagher, Head of Learning and Engagement at The Whitworth, will introduce the Cultural First Aid Kit, which provides 30 creative and fun activities and workshops that can be completed in the comfort of your own home, in hospital or care centres and homes. The activities have been created by artists, musicians and therapists for people to carry out themselves or with family and friends.
Creativity can be incorporated into the day to day care and rehabilitation pathways of people and everyone should have the opportunity to access creative and meaningful cultural activity throughout their lives.


Further contributors will be announced in the coming weeks

Engage International Conference 2018
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