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Free support for Birmingham based lead artists and projects working with vulnerable clients when delivering activities against health and wellbeing outcomes in Birmingham.
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CHWA 2020 Award sculptures created by Elaine Lim Newton
Elaine Lim Newton
We are seeking applications from a health or social care practitioner or researcher with specific expertise in health inequalities, to support our strategic commitment to partnership and equity.
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Logo for Simone Trumpet: The Divinity of Afro Hair
Simone Trumpet: The Divinity of Afro Hair
This month offers a chance to experience events, discussions and more around the country to mark Black History Month. You can watch CHWA's conversation with activist and art therapist Olatunde Spence here:

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Astronomy: a section through the earth, showing the atmosphere. Engraving. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY
Astronomy: a section through the earth, showing the atmosphere. Engraving. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY
As life began to return to normal in the UK in 2021, research by Bath University was a stark reminder that it is not only COVID-19 that is having a major impact on young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
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Logo for Simone Trumpet: The Divinity of Afro Hair
Simone Trumpet: The Divinity of Afro Hair
This month offers a chance to experience events, discussions and more around the country to mark Black History Month. You can watch CHWA's conversation with activist and art therapist Olatunde Spence here:
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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.

Stories of lived experience

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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."
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Solidarity  The strength of togetherness.   The figures in the middle hold the circle of hope, the power of mutual respect, inclusion and unity. The swirl of Blue shows clarity for the need for connections and Green shows balance and harmony.   ‘Above all, see me as a person first, a fellow co-human’.
Solidarity, Shanali Perera
The Lived Experience Network (LENs) appointed their first two Directors, Mah Rana and Claire Clews in February 2021. This was part of the LENs process of becoming an independent CIC, enabling the collective to pursue their mission and aims to put lived experience and meaningful co-production at the heart for the cultur

A Day in the Life

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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."
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Alexia Quin
Music as Therapy International
My teens were spent volunteering in a number of different places where I had the chance to explore the relevance of music within care and this led me to set up Music as Therapy in 1995 and to train as a music therapist myself.

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.