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Culture & the Arts as Social Determinants of Health

Clive Parkinson

Tuesday, 6 February 2018 from 11:00 to 15:00 (GMT)

Culture & the Arts as Social Determinants of Health

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This is an expression of interest in attending this event and doesn't guarantee a ticket. Priority will be given to people focused on arts and health activity, research and development in the North West of England. We will however, be in touch with all those who express an interest to confirm places on Tuesday 30th January.
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Culture & the Arts as Social Determinants of Health
With special guests Maxine Peake and Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt

This is a free North West Arts & Health Network event exploring cultural participation as a social determinant of individual and communal health.

Have you lived experience of a chronic health condition, or have been affected by homelessness, substance misuse or mental distress - and has your participation in cultural activity had some kind of impact on your wellbeing? Do you run an organisation that works with artists or which delivers work with people that somehow embraces cultural activity as a way of enabling people to speak out and challenge the system? Are you an artist, activist, cultural leader or health strategist who believes that things can be different?

You are the people who might be interested in this event and you are invited to register your expression of interest in attending by clicking on the ticket tab below. Please note that this does not guarantee a place and priority will be given to people from the region.

All those who apply for a ticket will be notified on 30th January.

Because this event is taking place at The Manchester School of Art, a significant proportion of people will be from Greater Manchester, and as a diverse metropolitan community we will use this to inform our thinking around some of the key themes of the day - inequalities, social justice and how participation in the arts and cultural activity might influence life experiences, health outcomes and social change.

Manchester Metropolitan University is supporting Arts for Health in its long-term strategic objectives, focusing on inequalities, social justice and the social determinants of health: locally, nationally and internationally.

We are thrilled that the actor Maxine Peake will frame our event and thinking around experiences of the arts in relation to inequalities and social justice, encouraging us to think more widely about the potency of culture and the arts to transform lives and instigate social change.

In 2017 Arts for Health hosted the public launch of Creative Health - the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health & Wellbeing - at the Manchester School of Art. The report was researched and written by former Arts for Health Research Associate, Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt who will be unpicking elements of the report which focused down on the factors that influence our health. These are the social determinants of health.

In 2019 and 2020 Manchester will host the World Healthcare Congress (Europe) and arts and health will be a core strand of these two large-scale international events, which will be led by Clive Parkinson and Esme Ward. We hope that this event on 6th February might begin to inform elements of these conference strands, reinforcing the place and potential of culture and the arts as a social movement that influences health and social change. 

This event on the 6th February additionally aims:

  • To inspire and develop new ways of thinking and working together
  • To interrogate the recommendations made in Creative Health 
  • To galvanise our community

You have three weeks to express your interest in attending this event and places will be allocated on Tuesday 30th January. The agenda is subject to change and other contributions to the event are being planned. 

Priority will be given to people with lived experience and those whose work is focused on arts and health activity, research and development in the North West of England.

Do you have questions about Culture & the Arts as Social Determinants of Health? Contact Clive Parkinson

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Manchester School of Art
Manchester Metropolitan University
Higher Ormond Street
M15 6BG Manchester
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 6 February 2018 from 11:00 to 15:00 (GMT)


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