Can art keep you healthy?

EnglishNationalBallet2The benefits of arts and culture to health and wellbeing will be examined at a major international conference taking place in Bristol from 24 to 26 June 2013.

Subjects under discussion at Culture Health & Wellbeing will include the community benefits of dance for people with Parkinson’s Disease, the role of rural crafts in HIV/AIDS education in South Africa, and how arts on prescription can improve wellbeing.

The three day programme includes presentations by almost 150 speakers and workshop leaders from around the world including:

Could Arts for Health programmes help wellbeing for NHS staff?
Mental health problems are a major source of sickness absence among NHS staff. Work-related stress due to excessive working hours, restructuring, bullying and harassment are reported as the principal causes. This presentation will explore how arts and health programmes at work can help and whether they are cost effective.
Speaker: Robin Philipp, Consultant Occupational & Public Health Physician, and Director at the Centre for Health in Employment & the Environment at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Member of Council of the Royal Society for Public Health.

The impact of bipolar disorder on intimate personal relationships
Applied drama performance and psychiatry are brought together in a study of bipolar disorder. This will be demonstrated using film of a performance of two dramatic monologues about the impact of bipolar disorder on intimate personal relationships.
Speaker: Persephone Sextou, Senior Lecturer in Drama at Newman University Birmingham artistic director of CADLab research unit.

Bringing together medicine and storytelling to communicate with cancer patients
East Tennessee State University has brought together experts from its medical school and storytelling graduate programme to develop training in effective communication using stories from patients and clinicians.
Workshop leader: Professor Joseph Sobol, Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Storytelling at East Tennessee State University

The conference will include a performance of Bewitched, a new work by composer Ian Wilson, following a residency at the Stroke Unit, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. The music for string quartet and soprano is based on the experiences of stroke patients and the healthcare workers who treat them.

The conference programme also includes performances from a dance company for older people, Sizzle Ohtaka a Japanese singer from Okinawa, famous for the longevity of it inhabitants, and Karen Hayes, a poet working with people with dementia.

The Culture Health & Wellbeing conference is organised by Arts & Health South West in collaboration with the Royal Society for Public Health on behalf of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. It takes place from 24-26 June in Bristol. A full programme is available on the conference website.

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