Welcome to the University of Tasmania’s online short courses exploring arts practices in healthcare. Dr. Norman K. Denzin, one of the world’s most distinguished authorities on qualitative research writes, Performance becomes public pedagogy when it uses the aesthetic, the performative, to foreground the intersections of politics, institutional sites and embodied experience.” (Denzin, 2003 pg. 9). Such dramas” are unique in that they are an embodied way of performing research while artistically provoking change, presenting issues and, at the same time, questioning the status quo through story.
In another study, supportive care providers responding to a survey described the healing benefits of music and art therapy in hospital settings, and these benefits seemed to be clustered around notions of exploration, expression, release, and the healing process.
In Sydney, I’m honoured to be giving the Mike White Memorial Address and in doing so, hope to generate some thinking around culture and the arts in this time of burgeoning inequalities and social injustices. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Arts, Health and Wellbeing was launched in January 2014. The next deadline for applications to the Arts Award Access Fund is the 21st October 2016. Kick the Dust is a £10 million grants programme for ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people aged 11-25. Our research books have been reviewed by leading practitioners outside traditional arts education circles.
The arts can have positive effects on quality of life and have been shown to foster mental, physical, and social benefits as well as result in fewer doctors’ visits, reduced use of medications, lessened anxiety and depression, improved memory and socialization skills, and increased levels of independence in a variety of populations and settings.
To provide a direct link, through consultative processes, with government and non-government organisations involved in, or intending to be involved in, the field of the arts and creative expression. Freud, Jung, Laing, Lacan, Pinel and Basaglia and contemporary pioneers are discussed and their work and legacy laid open for its implications for safe and humane mental health care. The closing date for applications is the 25th November 2016; there is sufficient budget for 12 grants therefore the fund may close earlier if a large number of applications are received. CAHHM prefers to articulate arts in health research from the perspective of practice, and is interested in combining like-minded projects into programmes, thereby sharing practice and research. Within the Arts Council, arts and health is the responsibility of the Arts Participation team.