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



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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 (oldest first, newest at the bottom): 


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





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





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





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.





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





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.


Libraries Unlimited: www.librariesunlimited.org.uk

Devon Libraries: www.devon.gov.uk/libraries

BellHouse Sound Sculpture: www.bellhouseproject.com

Kaleider arts producers: www.kaleider.com





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





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'.


Alternative Visions Exhibition information: www.outsidein.org.uk/alternative-visions

Remaining tour dates:
- Poole Museum 21st March - 6th May 2018 (www.poolemuseum.co.uk/whats-on/future-exhibitions/)

Roger's Outside In online gallery: www.outsidein.org.uk/Roger-Davison1

How to join Outside In: www.outsidein.org.uk/how-to-register





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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