Two nationally recognised figures are backing efforts to transform the Arts in Health sector in Cumbria.
The University of Cumbria and Healing Arts of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust are teaming up to host a day of conversations and workshops for art and health practitioners across the area.
The first Cumbria Arts in Health Conversation is to take place at the university’s Institute of the Arts, Brampton Road, Carlisle on Thursday 17th January 2019.
Clive Parkinson, director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, the UK’s longest established arts and health unit, and Hayley Youell, from the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, will deliver keynote speeches.
Clive, whose early career included managing day services for people affected by schizophrenia in Morecambe, works internationally and has been chair and director of the National Alliance of Arts, Health and Wellbeing.
Hayley has been heavily involved in developing, leading and co-producing arts for health initiatives in her hometown of Barnsley over the last 10 years.
Projects demonstrating examples of good work bringing benefits to patients locally will be showcased at the full-day event in a series of workshops. They include a new Arts Council funded collaborative project between Healing Arts, Tullie House and Prism Arts: ‘Trust Me I’m an Artist’; singing sessions with Dave Camlin; and a storytelling and writing project based at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.
The Cumbria Arts in Health Conversation is open to all art and health practitioners interested in the sector.
Susie Tate, co-ordinator at Healing Arts, said: “It is an exciting time in the growth of arts and health, and Cumbria has that magic mix of creative minds and wonderful healthcare: perfect ingredients and perfect timing to work together to support the health and wellbeing of the Cumbrian population.”
Sandie Fisher, principal lecturer in performing arts at the University of Cumbria, said: “The Institute of Arts at the University of Cumbria, working alongside existing cultural and health sector partners, is delighted to host the first ever Arts in Health event bringing together artists and healthcare professionals to share expertise, promote best practice, forge new partnerships and explore the future possibilities for arts and healthcare in Cumbria and beyond.”
Paul Counter, chair of Healing Arts, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Arts in Health is increasingly being recognised as an important part of looking after patients. Come along and help Cumbria lead the way.”
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