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In July 2021, SICK! Festival has a Micro-commissioning fund of £6000 for 1-3 projects by early career artists in Greater Manchester and the North West.
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So Many Beauties- Intercultural Music Project
So Many Beauties- Intercultural Music Project
The So Many Beauties Collective weaves a rich tapestry of sounds, drawing on diverse cultural influences. It features some of the North West’s finest musicians who have come together during the pandemic to share music, celebrate each other’s heritage and develop new inter-cultural ideas.

Blog

Last week saw the 1st anniversary celebrations of m4d Radio – an award-winning internet radio stream developed as part of the Music for Dementia campaign, a national campaign calling for music to be an integral part of care for people living with dementia.
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Man About Town participant taking a photo with his phone with Leeds backdrop
Jonathan Parker, Man About Town, Creative Frame CIC
Using art forms such as music, photography, and painting Man About Town provides a space for men to share their experiences — combatting the rising number of men facing isolation as well as the suicide mortality rate — in Yorkshire and Humberside. According to one project leader, “the statistics are why the fund got put together in the first place.”
Zoe Brown and Sophie Mitchell from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, and Michael Cunliffe from North Tyneside Art Studio discuss their work to tackle local health priorities, including supporting people's mental health through collaborative programmes to make the museums relevant and welcom

Stories of lived experience

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Sonia Boué performing with hand mirrors
Sonia Boué, Neurophotography
Sonia Boué's guest blog introducing her Neurophototherapy project which is exploring art use to recover from a lifetime of identification with the wrong neurological type.
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Losing memory by Natalia Millman
Losing memory, Natalia Millman
Memories are flowing away abandoning the ageing brain but still attached, resisting to dis-connect completely.
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two young carers standing and smilling in front of a colourful artwork in the background
Create
Carers' Week runs from 7-13 June 2021, and we are highlighting a very small selection of member organisations who support carers with their work.

A Day in the Life

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Artist sketch of nursing staff on Covid ward
Paul Digby
" I graduated in 1997, although previous to this I had been exhibiting and had met the social psychiatrist Prof Julian Leff who had an influence on my direction."
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Tobore S Dafiaga
Tobore S Dafiaga
Before living my current reality of creative work and aspirations, I had a scientific background, as I was en route to becoming a doctor, and my motto for my life was “I want to live a life of helping people”. However, I found more fulfilment in approaching this life motto from a creative & arts centred approach.
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Trishna Nath
Trishna Nath
I was thrilled to be asked to join the board in May 2020! Prior to joining, I had multiple touchpoints with CHWA, first connected with the organisation when I attended the National Conference, ‘Cultures of Health and Wellbeing,’ at the Great North Museum in March 2019. Inspired by the attendees and speakers, I was keen to make a formal connection with CHWA and was introduced to Victoria in 2019 through a colleague at Nesta. It became clear very quickly that the CHWA’s objectives and values were aligned with my passions and past experience building partnerships between community-based arts organisations and health systems in the US

International

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The National Organization for Arts in Health is pleased to invite presenters to submit a proposal for the fifth annual second virtual national conference, The Art of Resilience on October 19 – 21, 2021.
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Hear and Now 2019 in Bedford, co-produced by Orchestras Live and the Philharmonia Orchestra © Beth Walsh
Hear and Now 2019 in Bedford, co-produced by Orchestras Live and the Philharmonia Orchestra © Beth Walsh
An invitation on behalf of the international Music for Social Impact research project fun
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a woman discusses a picture at the Crocker Museum with a group of seated women
Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California
Seeking participants for new online study to find out.