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New Episode: Literature Works - Poetry and Memory Loss (11/09/2018)






"Podcasting is a great means of communication: it captures the human part of knowledge creation. We can hear academics and practitioners talk about what they do, why they do it and why it matters, in their own words…. the podcast format is like a fireside chat – it allows listeners to hear experts discuss their work in their own voices, and allows the experts to express themselves more freely than in the usual academic forms of dissemination."

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The Arts & Health South West Podcasts are sound recordings which feature conversations with practitioners from around the South West about different areas of arts and health practice. Each podcast will have a different theme.



How to listen:

  • You can stream the recordings on this page - scroll down below to see the episodes
  • You can stream or download to your computer, phone or tablet via iTunes by clicking here 
  • You can also listen via Soundcloud.





Listen to our podcast episodes below (newest first): 



Literature Works - Poetry and Memory Loss (11/09/2018)

In this episode, the first in our Challenge Fund series, we hear from Helen Chaloner at Literature Works, about the work they have been doing using poetry to work with people experiencing memory loss.  Helen talks about how the poetry has the creative power to bring joy to people with memory loss and their carers, whether that’s in the workshops Literature Works run with their highly skilled poets in the community, or at home, and how cultivating relationships can sit at the very heart of this.

You can support Literature Works by donating to their Memory Cafe Challenge Fund, on JustGiving. During the AHSW Challenge Fund 2018 period, we’re matching £2000 in donations. DONATE HERE: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/literature-works/poetryproject 

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Art & Social Change - Episode 1 - Healthcare Worker Burnout (04/08/2018)

Arts & Health South West is a partner in an Erasmus Plus funded project developing an experiential art training programme for health workers who work in addiction and recovery. This special podcast series is exploring the work, expertise, and stories of the people doing this work, and what the research is showing the arts & health sector.

In this episode we speak to Nuccia Cammara and Dr Theo Stickley about the use of the arts in healthcare settings and in working with people in addiction and recovery, and also about healthcare worker burnout.

Nuccia Cammara's work as a social worker in addiction contexts in Sicily, Italy is a foundation to the Art & Social Change project. She is an addiction worker, but she is also an artist.

Dr Theo Stickley brings the training and experience of being a mental health nurse and educator. Theo's work and research also attests to the use of participatory arts - particularly in mental health recovery.

Find out more about the Art & Social Change Project at www.artandsocialchange.eu





Double Elephant - Print On Prescription (06-07-2018)

In this episode, the first in our Challenge Fund series, we hear from Simon Ripley and Fiona Lovell at Double Elephant Print Workshop in Exeter. In the second half of the episode you can also hear some wonderful snapshots from one of their printmaking sessions. Simon and Fiona talk to Hannah about the challenges of an organisation in its 21st year trying to secure continuing funding. Double Elephant Print Workshop has from the beginning been a shared space where people can come and feel supported in a friendly environment, and interact with happenings in the studio or have space to work under their own steam, and then feel empowered to carry on some of the techniques they’ve learnt, at home.

You can find out more about Double Elephant and their courses and workshops by visiting their website at www.doubleelephant.org.uk.

Throughout the next few months we’ll be helping them fundraise to support the amazing work they’ve been doing, as part of our Challenge Fund 2018. You can make a donation via the Double Elephant PayPal Donation Portal and AHSW will match it!





Alternative Visions Episode 3 - George Harding - (16/04/2018)

In this podcast Hannah speaks to the artist George Harding. They explore the process of making his painting Pink Rain and Pain, and discuss the mystery of people seeing different things in the image or the playfulness of hearing someone describe it in their own words. They talk about bringing art that wouldn’t usually be seen, into prestigious institutions: maybe the challenges involved in getting your art into the world through the traditional channels has created a need for a different kind of framework for a different kind of art experience. There is a real tension for all art-makers between finding a way to support yourself while at the same time satisfying the urge to create. George explains that sometimes it’s necessary to find a way to do that on your own terms.






Alternative Visions Episode 2 - Max Frances (30-03-2018)

In this episode, Hannah speaks to artist Max Frances about how her artworks explore the difference between what we present to the outside world and what we are experiencing on the inside. They talk about creating art your own way, whether that’s through the support of an art class or by drawing on the back of receipts; and how doodling can be an easy way to commit to making art every day.






Alternative Visions Episode 1 - Roger Davison (12-03-2018)

Our guest for this episode is artist Roger Davison who is exhibiting his work in the Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art in the South West exhibition which has been touring galleries in the South West during 2017-18.

Hannah and Roger talk about school art rooms, studios and sheds as spaces of 'refuge', how art and creativity have been a part of Roger’s life since his childhood in such a way that 'sustains' him, and discuss how he feels about the term 'outsider art'.






Music in Criminal Justice Settings (26/02/2018)

In this episode Hannah speaks to Lizzie Bond from Changing Tunes, about how music can be used to bring a sense of hope and joy into prisons. They talk about the particular challenges of working inside the prison system and how music workshops, performances and professional recordings can be ways to approach some of the life challenges prisoners and ex prisoners face both inside and transitioning.

Changing Tunes Website: www.changingtunes.org.uk





Libraries, Art and Wellbeing (24/10/2017)

In this episode Colin Bray from Libraries Unlimited and Karen Leach Bowdler from Exeter Library join AHSW Coordinator Hannah Mumby for a conversation about libraries, art and wellbeing. They also discuss BellHouse, an interactive sound sculpture that took up residence at Exeter Library in October 2017. At the end of the episode you can hear a recording of BellHouse in action, and the artist Roop Johnstone talking about how he created it.






Rosie Mead - Music in Healthcare Settings (28/04/2017)

This episode is a conversation with Rosie Mead, the director of Musica, and a researcher in the field of Music and Dementia. We talk about running music workshops in care homes, and the research that Rosie has been doing around using live music in hospital settings.

Musica website: www.musica-music.co.uk





Annual Conference Podcast 2 - Jayne Howard (31-01-2017)

This episode of the podcast is the second in a series of highlights from our 2016 Annual Conference. It features a talk from Jayne Howard, former director of Arts for Health Cornwall, entitled "Filling in the gaps - challenges and opportunities for arts and health". In this talk Jayne Howard reflects on her 20 years working in health, then the arts, and then arts and health, in Cornwall, and how her thinking and practice has changed in that time.





Annual Conference Podcast 1 - Emma Lazenby & Jo Black (16-12-2016)

This episode of the podcast is the first in a series of highlights from our 2016 Annual Conference, and features animator Emma Lazenby of ForMed Films, a Bristol based animation company, and Dr Jo Black, consultant psychiatrist and regional lead for perinatal mental health services. They discuss their recent collaboration, an animated short film entitled 'My Mum’s Got a Dodgy Brain', and talk through the process of how the film was commissioned by Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

ForMed Films website: www.formedfilms.co.uk





Mental Health and the Arts (26-04-2016)

For this episode, Hannah Mumby (Coordinator at AHSW invites Viv Gordon (a dancer and choreographer with mental health needs who set up Mean Feet Dance) to talk about Mental Health and the Arts.

Mean Feet Dance Website: www.meanfeetdance.co.uk
I am Joan Tour Schedule: www.ahsw.org.uk/diary.aspx?id=1696





Museums & Wellbeing (19-02-2016)

For our first episode of the Arts & Health South West Podcast, Hannah Mumby (Coordinator at AHSW) invites Ruth Gidley (Community Participation officer at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter) to talk about Museums and Wellbeing.

RAMM Website: www.rammuseum.org.uk






Thank you to Lee Rosevere for our theme music, from the Free Music Archive


If you would like to take part in a future AHSW Podcast, or have a suggestion for a theme you would like us to cover, please email Hannah at info@ahsw.org.uk



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