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

9.00am - 6.00pm
Online event


Sustainability is a big word – at our online Annual Conference we explored 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 built on the content from June’s Culture Health & Wellbeing International Conference (CHW21) and sent all annual conference delegates links to some previously recorded CHW21 sessions to inform the conference conversations.

Through our keynotes, speakers, panel discussion, open space, and creative workshops, delegates had the opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities for sustaining practice.

To view the full programme, click here: PROGRAMME 

Programme Highlights included:

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 included: 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.

Arts and Health South West Annual General Meeting

 Choice of Breakouts Workshops included: 

  • 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 included: 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 their were opportunities to network and reflect on the conference theme, as well as facilitated table discussions.

We feel the lively debate around Sustainability should not end even though the conference is over, therefore we will be continuing the conversation across a number of our platforms and events over the forthcoming months.

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