7th International Arts and Health Conference
- When 17 Nov - 19 Nov 2015
Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
Exploring the theme Mental Health and Resilience through the Arts, the 7th Annual International Arts and Health Conference offers an engaging survey of new research and creative approaches to the complexities of mental health.
Bridging industry innovation, collaborative art projects, and academic research, the Conference presentations and workshops provide insights on the intersection of arts and mental health.
Keynote speakers include UNSW National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) Artist-in-Residence Errol Francis of the Mental Health Foundation UK, who will present a keynote address, Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University and co-investigator of the Dementia & Imagination project, and Karin Diamond and Alison O'Connor, co-founding Directors of theatre and film project, Re-Live UK.
UNSW researchers represented include NIEA Director Professor Jill Bennett, Professor Katherine Boydell from the Black Dog Institute, and Associate Professor Chris Poulos of the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
Key topics include art and: anxiety; dementia; active ageing; youth mental health. These discussions inform the crucial dialogues surrounding: the programming of arts and health; best practice; effective health promotion and prevention campaigns; arts on prescription; arts and hospitals; and, methods of project evaluation.
This conference is presented by The Australian Centre for Arts and Health in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW and UNSW Australia.
Errol Francis, Artistic Director, Mental Health Foundation, London, UK (UNSW National Institute for Experimental Arts Artist-in-Residence)
Keynote Address: Anxiety and the arts: exploring contemporary health and Wellbeing
Errol Francis was the Festival Director of the Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014 and Acting Out Nottingham 2015, encompassing film, visual arts, music and performance.
This presentation explores the thinking behind how an arts festival came to be curated around the theme of anxiety, with analyses of selected works and concludes with suggestions on how such a festival might translate to the Australian context.
Karin Diamond and Alison O'Connor, Co-founding Directors, Re-Live, Cardiff, Wales UK
Keynote Address: Re-Live, Life Story Theatre
Bringing together Karin Diamond's experience from professional theatre, film and T.V and Alison O'Connor's applied theatre and counselling practice in prisons and mental health settings, Re-Live has developed a unique methodology of life story theatre.
Karin and Alison will share reflections on their work with older people, focusing in particular on their current work with families living with dementia, and veterans and families affected by mental health challenges. Karin and Alison will also offer a special workshop to explore the Emotional and psychological impact of living with dementia - asking the questions" "What if it was me living with dementia? How would I feel? What would I need?"
Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Keynote Address: '...all the time, the buzzing'
A gentle inquiry into dark matter in arts-based research Arts for Health is a specialist cross-faculty research unit that explores the relationships between creativity, culture, the arts, and health.
Clive has worked within the UK's National Health Service and the voluntary sector, supporting people from diverse backgrounds and placing culture and the arts at the forefront of work which focuses on people and their possibilities, and not upon illness and deficit. He is particularly interested in the unexpected outcomes that arise from an active engagement in the arts. Clive is a founding member of the UK's National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, and co-investigator on the Dementia & Imagination project, which explores the links between the visual arts, wellbeing and sense of community.
Plenary speakers also include:
Katherine Boydell, Professor of Mental Health, Black Dog Institute, UNSW Australia, Sydney NSW
Jill Bennett, Professor, and Director, UNSW National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), UNSW Faculty of Art & Design, UNSW Australia, Sydney, NSW
Elizabeth Dax, Executive Chair, The Dax Centre, Melbourne VIC
Chris Poulos Rehabilitation Physician and Hammond Chair of Positive Ageing and Care, UNSW Australia and HammondCare, Sydney, NSW
Anna Goulding, Research Associate, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, Newcastle UK
Kerry Wilson, Head of Research, Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC), University of Liverpool & Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Liverpool UK
Barbara McEwan Gulliver, Artistic Director, Art in Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland UK
Lindy Hume, Artistic Director, Opera Queensland, Brisbane QLD
Andy Howitt, Artistic Director HOWittMOVES, Melbourne VIC
Liss Gabb, Co-ordinator, cohealth Arts Generator, Footscray VIC, with Ez
Eldin Deng, film maker and Geskeva-Lola Komba, performer, Melbourne VIC
Michael Balfour, Chair, Applied Theatre, Griffith University, Brisbane QLD
Kim McConville, CEO, Beyond Empathy (BE) and Jonathon Larsen, Artist, Beyond Empathy, Armidale NSW
Professor the Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO Patron, The Australian Centre for Arts and Health.
Tuesday 17 November 2015 at 12 noon.
Special Guest: Professor Ian Jacobs, President and Vice Chancellor, UNSW Australia.