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For 4 days in November we will be bringing together a wide spectrum of people from Arts, Health and Social Care. Discussions will focus on key developments within the sector and explore how Brighton and Hove can achieve the ambition to become a Centre of Excellence for Arts, Health & Wellbeing.
The conference will take the form of a series of bite-sized morning sessions, 10 am -midday every day, via zoom. BSL interpreters will be present throughout and sessions are FREE to book via the Eventbrite links below.
Each event will include cross-sector speakers and presentations, showcasing diverse and high-quality practice, with space for open discussion. We welcome your questions either in advance or you will be able to submit them live on the day. Each day will be themed, as follows:
Monday 23th: The Big Picture - considering the international, national, and local context and the latest research findings.
We are delighted that Dr Helen Chatterjee is our first keynote speaker. Helen is a Professor of Biology at University College London. Her research involves evidencing the impact of natural and cultural participation on health; she co-founded the UK’s Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, is an advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts and Health, Chairs the Royal Society for Public Health’s SIG in Arts and Health, and is a Founding Trustee of the National Centre for Creative Health. (https://culturehealthresearch.wordpress.com/)
There will also be presentations by Duncan Bullen, Director of the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing at University of Brighton (https://www.brighton.ac.uk/caw/index.aspx), The New Note Orchestra (https://www.newnote.co.uk/) and the Men In Sheds project at Fabrica Gallery (https://www.fabrica.org.uk/sheds).
The event will be hosted by the co-chairs of the Brighton and Hove Arts, Health and Wellbeing Group, Alistair Hill, Director of Public Health for Brighton and Hove City Council and Jane McMorrow, Director of Creative Future. BOOK DAY 1 HERE
Tuesday 24th: The Big Challenges - tackling inequalities and finding opportunities.
Victoria Hume, as Director of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance will offer a national perspective on current work (https://www.culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk/).
There will also be presentations by David Cutler of the Baring Foundation, John Macmahon of Arts Council England, Bobbie Farsides of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, dance and health specialist Rosaria Gracia and Claire Hankinson, Audience Development Manager at Fabrica Gallery.
The event will be hosted by the co-chairs of the Brighton and Hove Arts, Health and Wellbeing Group, Alistair Hill, Director of Public Health for Brighton and Hove City Council and Jane McMorrow, Director of Creative Future. BOOK DAY 2 HERE
Wednesday 25th: The Big Vision - creating a shared vision for Brighton and Hove.
Four of Brighton & Hove’s leading arts and health organisations; The Robin Hood Health Foundation, The Old Market Creative Future, and Diversity & Ability (D&A) have come together to form The HERA Partnership who will lead the programme for today.
Over the next 3 years, the partnership will be developing & delivering an innovative and varied programme of inclusive arts & health focussed activities for people living with complex or long-term health challenges. This will include creative workshops, training, access support for low confidence, and public events to showcase the creativity and diversity of Brighton & Hove. #HeraForYou
The project leads from each of the organisations will be presenting the work of the Hera Partnership and highlighting some of the specific work their organisations are delivering. We will also look at how the work aligns with the aims of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Arts Health & Wellbeing Group.
Emma Drew – The Robin Hood Health Foundation
Helen Jewell – The Old Market
Emma Turner – Diversity & Ability
Jane McMorrow – Creative Future
The Hera Network
As part of the presentation, we will also be discussing the setting up of a Network for Independent Arts & Health Practitioners. We will consult all attendees and be requesting responses to a live poll to help us in shaping the Network for everyone’s benefit.
We will also hear from a range of artists delivering programmes of work as part of the Hera Partnership:
Dan Blomfield - Dan will be telling us about his work as a Wellbeing Advisor, Link Worker, Community Connector and Photography Facilitator at Robin Hood Health Foundation.
Thomas Buckley – Thomas is an artist & storyteller using digital media. Thomas will be telling us about his project LightFormLab that he produced working with #TOMTECH at the Old Market
Udita Everett - Singing for Better Health. Udita is a trained music therapist, First Nature voice/breath/body coach & Singing for Lung Health Leader. Udita will lead a participatory Singing for Better Health session for all participants. BOOK DAY 3 HERE
Thursday 26th: The Big Conversation - exploring the issues, opportunities, developing language and practice.
We are delighted that we have a panel of guest speakers to lead our conversation: James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care NHS England, Dr Aristea Fotopoulou, Arts/Data/Health Project University of Brighton, Josh Cullimore, Urgent Care Clinical Lead Brighton CCG, Donna Chisholm, Assistant Director of Culture, Tourism and Sport Brighton and Hove City Council and Polly Irvin, Therapy Service Manager at Rise UK.
There will also be presentations by Silver Strings Orchestra, South East Dance, Bridget Sawyers and Alli Beddoes and artist Vikki Parker.
The event will be hosted by the co-chairs of the Brighton and Hove Arts, Health and Wellbeing Group, Alistair Hill, Director of Public Health for Brighton and Hove City Council and Jane McMorrow, Director of Creative Future. BOOK DAY 4 HERE
Final details of the programme and guest speakers will be confirmed in coming weeks, please keep an eye on social media for updates!