AHSW's Director, Trustees, and Members reflect on various aspects of arts, health and wellbeing.

Director’s Monthly Reflection

AHSW Director Alex Coulter shares her monthly reflections, as well as AHSW news and sector updates for February 2022!

We will be delivering learning events over the next few months as part of our work on training and workforce development. The first has a focus on specialist training and is in partnership with the Creative Dementia Arts Network. In this online event we will explore with you changes to practice during the pandemic and what the training needs are for those working with people experiencing loneliness and isolation, and those with dementia. The online event is on 3rd March 10am -12 noon and is free to attend. You can book a place here.

Related to our work on training and workforce development, we want to hear about your experiences in regard to learning and practice through a short survey.  Your answers will help us identify your learning needs and experiences, map current resources and future activities, and develop resources to support your work. This is a key initiative of our Creative Health Learning Alliance to develop guidance and resources. Anyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw. Also, we will share the results of this survey with survey participants.

Fill it in here

I will be speaking at a learning symposium for heritage, health and arts professionals at the Holburne Museum on Friday 29th April. Connected to the Holburne’s exhibition People Make Museums, this Museums and Care symposium will include the learning from the Well City programme in Salisbury and provide opportunities to learn about supporting people with enduring mental health issues and widening participation in museum volunteering. You can book to attend here.

There were several sessions related to museums and health in the CHW21 International Conference: research and practice sessions on Dementia and Museums in Singapore and Canada; and Museums and Health in China, UK and India; and a workshop on Museums and Wellbeing. Our final report on the conference can be downloaded here and contains lots of useful feedback. Perhaps my favourite is: “The conference fostered such a strong sense of belonging in me that I didn’t want it to end.” One delegate said they: “very much appreciated the respect for first nation representation at the conference, which placed creative health in a much deeper spiritual and human context.” Work by and with indigenous communities was a focus of the Aotearoa/New Zealand sessions, including youth arts practice which draws on Māori world views: Creating Change: Realising the potential of Toi Rangatahi Youth Arts in Aotearoa.

And finally one more survey. The Baring Foundation is looking at how they can support arts and creativity in NHS mental health trusts and settings and want to hear from arts coordinators working in mental health for the NHS:

Keep well,



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