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Rosie Dow, Board Director of the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance and Programme Manager for ‘HARP’ at Nesta, explains what this arts and health innovation programme has been about, and what they’ve learned  
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Feels like Home ESOL Group, Barnsley Museums- skipping at Cannon Hall
Feels like Home ESOL Group, Barnsley Museums- skipping at Cannon Hall
To coincide with the national event taking place between Monday 16 and Sunday 22 May, Barnsley will be hosting its first-ever Creativity and Wellbeing week led in collaboration by Barnsley Council, the Creativity, Health and Wellbeing Alliance and other key partners.
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a small group of people looks at a video screen hung in front of many paintings stacked in a storage space
CHWA Gather In event at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. Image by: Jenny Harper
Exploring a new AHRC Research Programme led by Professor Helen Chatterjee The Covid-19 pandemic adversely and disproportionately impacted vulnerable members of society, and highlighted significant inequalities in the UK.

Blog

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HARP logo
Rosie Dow, Board Director of the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance and Programme Manager for ‘HARP’ at Nesta, explains what this arts and health innovation programme has been about, and what they’ve learned  
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Feels like Home ESOL Group, Barnsley Museums- skipping at Cannon Hall
Feels like Home ESOL Group, Barnsley Museums- skipping at Cannon Hall
To coincide with the national event taking place between Monday 16 and Sunday 22 May, Barnsley will be hosting its first-ever Creativity and Wellbeing week led in collaboration by Barnsley Council, the Creativity, Health and Wellbeing Alliance and other key partners.
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a small group of people looks at a video screen hung in front of many paintings stacked in a storage space
CHWA Gather In event at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. Image by: Jenny Harper
Exploring a new AHRC Research Programme led by Professor Helen Chatterjee The Covid-19 pandemic adversely and disproportionately impacted vulnerable members of society, and highlighted significant inequalities in the UK.

Stories of lived experience

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George J Harding, Kedinjack, St Just, 2021. Photo by Jo Hounsome.jpg
George J Harding, Kedinjack, St Just, 2021. Photo by Jo Hounsome.jpg
" I found myself in a meditative state and at ease. As the trip progressed, I became more decisive in the way I painted and through continual application, found a consistent visual language coming to the fore where decisions would be more intuitive and certain."
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Photograph of Dominique De-Light
I have written for as long as I can remember. Short stories created aged ten, fictionalising life or fantasy worlds to escape to. A weekly journal scrawled in an exercise book, started aged thirteen, kept up throughout my life. A regular outpouring of emotion, record keeping and analysis.
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Oriana White artwork with quote, "through creativity we begin to heal."
Oriana White
" Part of life is to nurture our creative needs.  This has also become a coping mechanism and a self-soothing technique which has been extremely helpful during times of difficulty and now perhaps even more so with the Coronavirus lockdown."

A Day in the Life

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An etching of a falcon or kestrel and one of its tail feathers
Credit: A falcon or kestrel and one of its tail feathers. Etching by Eliza D. (Wellcome Collection)
What have you been doing today? 
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Ahmed Farooqui in his home studio
Ahmed Farooqui
" After working in the voluntary and public sector as project and change manager for nearly three decades I decided to fully immerse myself in my art practice. After a number of years of research based studio practice (sculpture & installation) I became increasing committed to socially engaged art."
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Bini Atkinson Pandemic 1
Bini Atkinson
" During the last 15 years my work has centred around my health as I grow older. I’ve documented and interpreted my medical notes/ scans and worked alongside my surgeon in providing evidence for art/creative acts having benefits to healing and wellbeing."

International

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The National Organization for Arts in Health is pleased to invite presenters to submit a proposal for the fifth annual second virtual national conference, The Art of Resilience on October 19 – 21, 2021.
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Hear and Now 2019 in Bedford, co-produced by Orchestras Live and the Philharmonia Orchestra © Beth Walsh
Hear and Now 2019 in Bedford, co-produced by Orchestras Live and the Philharmonia Orchestra © Beth Walsh
An invitation on behalf of the international Music for Social Impact research project fun
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a woman discusses a picture at the Crocker Museum with a group of seated women
Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California
Seeking participants for new online study to find out.