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 reflections for September 2021 and announces the date for our 2021 Annual Conference !

We are excited to announce our 2021 Annual Conference will be on Wednesday 24th November. From our recent questionnaire about format and costs, the majority of people would prefer a face to face conference, but when we asked where you would like it to be answers ranged from Manchester to London to Exeter. The transfer to digital has of course enabled people to connect with us from across the country and beyond.

A recent analysis of our membership shows that 91% of our members are based in the UK and 55% of those are in the South West. Our work on advocacy and development is focussed on the region, but we hope our annual conference will be useful for the wider membership. To make it accessible wherever you are we have decided to stick with digital this year.

The title for the annual conference is ‘What Next for Sustainable Practice?’. Sustainability is a big word and we will be exploring different dimensions in relation to arts and health practice, including planet health and human health, models for spread and capacity building, and the funding and policy context. We will build on the international conference (CHW21) content and will be sending annual conference delegates links to some previously recorded CHW21 content to inform conference conversations.

If you are planning on attending the annual conference and would like to have a soap box moment, please do submit ideas for a 5-minute provocation to our General Manager Hannah at info[at] with the subject line ‘Annual Conference Provocation’.

As always, our Annual Conference is also our AGM. We will be saying goodbye to our Chair, Sue Isherwood, and welcoming our new Chair, Martin R. White. We are inviting applications for new trustees and if you think you might like to apply we will be sending out a newsflash with more details soon. We would particularly welcome applications from those who are skilled in fundraising and business, people from diverse backgrounds and those with lived experience of illness or disability.

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I hope you all enjoyed a break over the summer and are feeling rejuvenated for whatever challenges await us.

Keep well,

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