“What Next for Sustainable Practice” – AHSW Annual Conference 2021

9.00am - 6.00pm
Online event


Sustainability is a big word – for our online Annual Conference we will be exploring different dimensions of sustainability 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 content from June’s Culture Health & Wellbeing International Conference (CHW21) and will be sending annual conference delegates links to some previously recorded CHW21 sessions to inform conference conversations.

Through our keynotes, speakers, panel discussion, open space, and creative workshops, you will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities for sustaining practice.

To view the full programme, click here: PROGRAMME PAGE

Programme Highlights:

Welcome  Sue Isherwood, Chair of AHSW

Keynote Why Data Matters – Martin White, Health and Wellbeing Programme Lead, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, DHSC. What we can learn from data and how it can inform practice.

Reflections Learning from the CHW21 International Conference by Alex Coulter, Director of AHSW. Learning from sustainable policy and practice around the world.

Keynote Reviving People & Planet Through the Principle of Sankofa: going back to go forwards – Cleo Lake, Director of Black* Artists on the Move, dance facilitator and social justice activist.

Panel Discussion Sustainable Practice and Social Prescribing in the South West. Chaired by Lerato Dunn, Arts Development Officer, Bristol City Council, and AHSW Trustee. Panel includes: Fiona Matthews, Creative Director, Theatre Orchard; Liza Jarvis, Social Prescribing Lead in the Personalised Care Team at NHS South West; James Day, Thriving Communities Regional Lead (South West), National Academy for Social Prescribing.

Member Provocation Language and Power by Kate Steel Jardel, AHSW Member

Arts and Health South West Annual General Meeting

 Choice of Breakouts Workshops including: 

  • Creative Health Learning Alliance – An interactive discussion on professional development with Sue Isherwood and Julia Puebla Fortier
  • Creative Enquiry with Dr Louise Younie and environmental artist Natasha Duggan
  • Art + Energy Collective Interactive talk

Panel Discussion Learning and Workforce Development. Chaired by Martin White, AHSW Trustee. Panel includes: Victoria Hume, Director, Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance; Amy Creech, Lecturer, & Itzel Anaya Rodriguez, Student, City of Bristol College’s FdA Creative Arts Therapy Studies; Philippa Forsey, Creative Wellbeing Manager, Creativity Works; Greg Atkin & Adrian Wyatt, Creativity Works.

Throughout the day there will be opportunities to network and reflect on the conference theme, as well as facilitated table discussions.

Spotlight on Art and Energy Collective 

Creators of the Moths to a Flame a mass-participation art installation for COP26 The UN’s climate change conference in Glasgow. The Art and Energy Collective involved thousands of people all over the UK and further afield in making moths and recording their messages to show world leaders that there is support for action to make the world a better place. Through a range of online resources and events, in person activities and materials enabling volunteers to run their own events, the project has activated and engaged people in positive action that connects them to the natural world, the materials and people around them and global issues. During this hands-on talk, Chloe Uden will share some of the journey of this project with you and invite you to have a go yourself.

Ticket Prices

£20 for those who require a concession
£30 for individuals (sole traders / artists / practitioners)
£40 for those who are part of a larger organisation

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Booking deadline: Midnight, Sunday 21st November 2021.

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