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Spring School 2019

2019 Spring School 

12th - 15thMarch 2019 


How can the art of stories support healthy young minds?

How do we help young people tell their stories?

What is the embodied significance of storytelling?


The 2019 Spring School is an intensive residential school for health professionals, researchers and arts practitioners in a beautiful location in Dorset. The Spring School offers time for collaboration, action learning, and experimental practice. The 2019 Spring School focus is on storytelling and young people’s mental health



My Mum's Got A Dodgy Brain

Still from ‘My Mum’s got a Dodgy Brain’ by ForMed Films, former winner of the AHSW Prize


The Spring School will be of particular interest to health professionals working with young people's mental health; artists working in socially-engaged practice; and researchers interested in this area of theory and practice. We are looking for six participants to join us for two and a half days of collaborative experiential learning and reflection.

The activities will integrate creative participation and theory and reflection. We aim to have a balanced group of participants reflecting different professional and personal experiences related to young people’s mental health and the arts. We are conscious that people may come with a particular professional ‘hat’ but have personal or professional experience that crosses over defined roles. We want the process and the interaction to be creative and fluid. The emphasis is on experiential learning for participants as an end in itself.


The Spring School is planned and delivered by:

Alex Coulter, Director of Arts & Health South West

Paul Dieppe, Trustee of Arts & Health South West and Emeritus Professor of Health and Wellbeing, University of Exeter 

Sue Isherwood, Chair of Arts & Health South West and consultant for Leading Learning, a leadership programme for the National Culture Forum

Kate Massey-Chase, PhD student at University of Exeter working on Applied Theatre in mental health, examining the skills and capacities young people need to successfully manage the transition between Child & Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Services



20th December 2018: Applications open

31st January 2019: Deadline for applications at 5pm

15th February 2019: Successful applicants notified

March 13th full day of experiential learning and reflection

March 14th - full day of experiential learning and reflection

March 15th half-day reflection and wrap up and travel home


We will ask participants to contribute £100 towards accommodation and food. You can apply for a bursary to cover this if you are low waged or unemployed. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and insurance.


Criteria for Selection:

Most importantly, a commitment and interest in creativity and the arts for health and wellbeing.

  • Healthcare professionals should be able to explain why they are interested in this area of practice and research and how participation would impact on their working practice.
  • Artists should have practical experience of delivering arts and health projects and be able to explain why they would benefit from this opportunity to explore this particular area of focus
  • Researchers should have some experience of working in this field or be interested in pursuing it. PhD students can apply.



Please click here to access the online application portal: Spring School 2019 Applications

This application portal asks for an application statement explaining why you would benefit from this opportunity, what you think you would bring to the experience and how it might be useful to you afterwards. 

It also requires you to attach your CV (no more than 2 sides of A4) - you will need to log in to your Google Drive account to do this. If this is not possible, please email your CV instead to Alex Coulter at alex@ahsw.org.uk by 5pm on 31st January 2019.

If you would like an informal discussion first please email Alex and book a phone conversation.


If you would like to download this information as a PDF, please click here: PDF Application Information







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