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Arts & Health South West Annual Conference 2018

Join Arts & Health South West for their 2-day Annual Conference 2018 which will focus on 'Diversity in Arts & Health'.

Tickets are available for either or both days. Please see below information about each day:


Join us for a day exploring the experience and lessons emerging from an EU project, Art & Social Change - which has a focus on the use of the arts for health practitioners in addiction and recovery. 

The project offers a rich case study on diverse perspectives. The project has brought together health practitioners from this sector - where burnout can be particularly acute, with artists, and people in active recovery. They are co-developing a training programme for health practitioners on using art in addiction and recovery contexts. AHSW are producing a special podcast series with participants in the project. Listen to a discussion about art in the lives of healthcare workers on the project in the first episode HERE.

Read about the first and second round pilot training HERE.

The project is premised on the CHIME theory of recovery and uses an experiential model of delivery - embedding arts activities in the approach to training. It has also brought together cultural perspectives from five different countries - around the difficult and often stigmatised area of addiction. 

On the 14th December we will focus on diversity and inclusion in arts and health, as well as have the AHSW AGM.

Sado Jirde, Director of Black South West Network, is helping us plan the conference and will be delivering an afternoon workshop on Race and Inclusion. Claire Hodgson, joint Artistic Director of Diverse City, will be speaking and we will be hearing from some of the artists involved in the Alternative Visions project. There will be two panels focusing on different aspects of diversity and inclusion in the arts and various interactive workshop sessions on topics including diversity and fundraising.

Come and engage with the discussion and find out practical ways to make change happen. 

Lunch and tea and coffee is included in the ticket price.


AHSW have bursaries to enable artists and health practitioners working in addiction and/or recovery and people in active recovery to attend the first day of the 2018 Annual Conference for FREE. To register for one of these free places, email with a brief description of your role and work. Then, you will be provided an invitation to register for one of the FREE places for the first day. You will need to book separately for the second day.

To find out more about the conference and book your tickets, please see the Arts & Health South West Eventbrite page HERE.