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Plenary Speakers

Elaine Burke

Elaine BurkeElaine Burke is a healthcare professional and independent arts consultant. Initially trained as an art psychotherapist, Elaine was Head of Art Therapy for Chldren's Services in NHS Hull and East Yorkshire for 6 years, before moving onto her role as Arts and Health Manager.

Elaine now works as a freelance specialist consultant across a variety of arts programmes, brokering projects and relationships between arts and non-arts sectors. Most recently, she developed the national award-winning cultural tourism project 'Larkin with Toads'. She is interested in big change, big impacts and high quality; and she believes that the arts are just the thing to make it happen.

Arts and Health, Making it Work

Elaine Burke will present a journey through the development of arts and health services in Hull and East Yorkshire. Highlighting her key learning about how to support the non-traditional approaches of arts and health to flourish within the National Health Service, and beyond into other statutory service provision – social services, education, criminal justice, community partnerships etc.

She will look at a variety of ways to make the case for the arts, win over hearts and minds, sustain and grow arts and health programmes, and knit creative approaches into the fabric of a large, mainstream, and traditionally-orientated health organisation.

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Molly Carlile

Molly CarlileMolly Carlile is a healthcare professional, educator and author, and has recently taken up the appointment as the Manager of Palliative Care Services, for Austin Health in Melbourne.

Establishing an arts in healthcare program in the new acute facility, the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre, Austin Health Melbourne

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre is a new facility, stage 1 (ambulatory care) of which opened in July 2012. The inpatient wards of Haematology, Oncology and Palliative Care are due to open in July 2013.

This presentation will explore the challenges of introducing an arts in healthcare program in an acute health environment where resources are minimal, understanding of the value of the arts in mainstream medicine patchy, and enthusiasm in the community enormous. All of this means a carefully crafted approach to donations and volunteering is essential to ensuring the quality of the program. How we plan to incrementally implement the program will be outlined in this presentation.

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Alison Clough

Alison CloughAlison trained in theatre design before pioneering community arts and health projects in the late1980s in urban and rural settings throughout England. Alongside Mike White and Mary Robson, she was at the forefront of the drive to recognise the value of the arts and creativity in promoting individual and community health.

Joining the Dots

In 2008 I spent an exhilarating few months in Western Australia on a Healthway International Fellowship. The experience of working with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists and healthworkers on a diabetes project in Kalgoorlie and Rock Hole Long Pipe, a processional community theatre production in Coolgardie, has had a profound effect on my thinking and practice in the UK. I came home to look with new eyes at my own culture, noticing how much it relies on mechanisms of control and superiority, and, scarily, how many of us have lost touch with the land, mystery, imagination and the intuitive. 

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Jane Davidson

Jane DavidsonJane has worked as an opera singer and director, a Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a music lecturer. Her first academic position was at City University, London, before moving to University of Sheffield, UK where she worked for thirteen years, helping to establish the largest concentration of research activity in music psychology in UK. 

She joined the staff at The University of Western Australia in 2006 as the inaugural Callaway/Tunley Chair of Music and is now fulfilling major projects on performance and emotion in her role as Performance Program Leader of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions that runs from 2011 to 2017.

Music, Health and Wellbeing: A Long History of Emotion

Anecdotally, many of us recognise that music has a unique 'power' to initiate change. Indeed, we use music to manipulate mood, emotion even temperament, as well as influence mental and well as physical health and wellbeing. In this talk, I shall take the opportunity to explore the function of music and its evolving role in culture and society over history, specifically working towards understanding its crucial place in human good health and wellbeing. I shall begin by investigating Ellen Dissanayake's compelling theory accounting for the universality of human music-making.

The presentation will involve historical case studies and references to my own on-going research exploring the use of singing with older people, music for migrant communities, and our daily uses of music in contemporary life.

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David Doyle

David Doyle

David is the Executive Director of DADAA Inc. an Arts organisation dedicated to Arts for Social Change that has been at the forefront of the Australian Arts and Disability movement over the past 14 years.

The UK - WA Artists’ Exchange

Co-presenters: Mike White, Mary Robson, David Doyle, 2 UK artists, 2 WA artists

This project places young and emerging artists at the centre of complex communities and practices at an international level. 

A team of Australian and UK practitioner/researchers will support a pilot exchange in community-based arts in health for two artists from Northern England and two from Western Australia, providing placements in each other's jobs, networks, and communities for eight weeks in autumn 2012, guided by reflective practice and research. The project is funded by the Australia Council for the Arts with support from Arts Council England.

All four artists will develop meaningful connections with health population groups through arts and health processes at grass roots levels. The project will provide production and critical reflection avenues through which the participating artists will develop new approaches to their practice and ultimately inform the recommendations and frameworks to guide future investments in the next generation of outstanding artists working in a participatory community context.

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Victoria Jones

GOSHVictoria Jones established and leads, the GO Create! Arts and humanities programme for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London. She was previously the Community & Access Curator at Whitechapel Gallery as well as establishing the Creative Communities programme within London Underground’s Platform for Art.

GO Create!

The GO Create! arts programme at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH) began in 2005 and has grown to become packed, wide and varied programme which now includes a number of site-specific commissioned artworks across our campus, a constantly growing art collection, annual creative residencies, regular workshops throughout the hospital, a music and performance programme, Culture Club - our cultural enrichment programme for all staff and two changing exhibition areas.

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Evelyna Liang Kan

Evelyna Liang KanEvelyna Liang Kan is an artist, art consultant, and art educator and community art facilitator. Over the past 40 years, Ms. Liang has been zealously promoting community art to help underprivileged communities in Hong Kong and all over the world.

Grandpa Grandma Memory Boxes

A Multimedia Art Installation exhibition of works created by a group of senior citizens (suffering from visual disabilities and early dementia) and six Hong Kong based visual artists. The exhibition explores the hidden world of the elderly and offers a glimpse into the culture of Hong Kong past by showcasing works in a variety of media that are the creative outcome of the interaction between the artists and seniors and the participation of visitors. The exhibition includes black and white portraits of the elderly in a nostalgic film star style, large-scale collaborative paintings by them and the artists and miniature personal collection treasure boxes.

Danny McCubbin

Danny McCubbinDanny has worked for Jamie Oliver for over 9 years now fulfilling various roles including working within the PR and Marketing team and was also Jamie's PA for 4 years. He is a Jamie Oliver Foundation Ambassador and within this role has worked on various projects to support all of Jamie's Foundation activities including Jamie's Ministry of Food, Jamie's School Kitchen Garden project, Jamie's Food Revolution in the States and Fifteen.

Drug rehabilitation and creative pursuits

Drug rehabilitation and creative pursuits – a presentation on San Patrignano, one of the most successful drug rehabilitation communities in the world.

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Maria S. Parsons

Maria S Parsons Maria is committed to enabling people with dementia and their families to live positive and fulfilling lives throughout the duration of the illness. Maria worked extensively with local councils, health trusts, voluntary organisations and the commercial sector on improving the quality of dementia care through organisational change and practice development before moving into specialist roles advising large care providers on raising standards of dementia care in care homes, often through using non pharmacological approaches.

Lost in Time and Space: an Integrational Project in Dementia

Ten young people were brought together with 10 older people including 5 with dementia on a creative arts intergenerational project initiated by Modern Art Oxford (MAO). The group was tasked with producing a short film about the experience of living with dementia. Support was provided by professionals and volunteers and the group was given training in the use of specialist facilities and equipment. Dementia awareness training was given to the Project professionals and the young people who also had the opportunity to undertake a national qualification in the arts. 

Results show improvement across all measures for older people, particularly opportunities for social contact and self confidence. Project facilitators showed that they changed their views about dementia and its effects in the course of the project. Young people learnt film making skills and 5 students entered their work for the arts award. A high level of social cohesion in the group was reported and attitudes to dementia shifted from nihilistic to positive and person centred. 

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Clive Parkinson

Clive ParkinsonClive Parkinson is the Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is currently working on research around dementia and imagination, and involved in arts/health development work in Italy, France, Lithuania and Turkey. Building on his paper at the 2012 international conference in Canberra, he is working towards an exhibition and series of events that explore the role of culture and the arts in relation to conversations about death and dying. The exhibition '...Imagining Death', will be held in Manchester, Bogota and Vilnius in 2013.

A small scale global phenomenon: revelation or revolution?

Following the publication of Arts & Health, an International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice in 2009 and its introductory essay; The State of Arts and Health in England, it appeared that the arts/health community was on the brink of a new era of critical thinking and global connectivity.

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Mary Robson

Mary Robson

Mary is the Associate for Arts in Health and Education at the Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Durham. Along with Mike White, she has developed Common Knowledge, a series of workforce development programmes bringing together those working in health, the arts, education and the voluntary sector.

The UK - WA Artists’ Exchange

Co-presenters: Mike White, Mary Robson, David Doyle, 2 UK artists, 2 WA artists

See the presentation summary in David Doyle's entry above...

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Dr Michael Stanford

Dr Michael StanfordMichael was appointed as Group CEO of St John of God Health Care in February 2002 and has almost 30 years experience in public and private healthcare management - the majority of which in senior management roles and 17 as a chief executive officer - in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and the United Kingdom.

He is a member of three boards across the health, education and community sectors: Catholic Health Australia Inc, Curtin University of Technology and the Royal Automobile Club of WA Holdings Pty Ltd, and is an Australia Business Arts Foundation State Councillor for WA. Michael was the 2010 WA Citizen of the Year Award winner in the Industry and Commerce category.

During Michael's time at St John of God Health Care the organisation has expanded significantly its range of services, has more than doubled its size in terms of healthcare services provided, revenue (now $1 billion p.a.) and staff, as well as developing very significant Social Outreach activities. The recent announcement of winning the right to design, build and operate a major (367 bed) public patient facility and private patient facility under contract to the WA Government is SJGHC's latest major achievement during Michael's tenure.

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Mike White

Mike White

Mike White is a Senior Research Fellow in Arts and Health at the Centre for Medical Humanities and St. Chad’s College, University of Durham, UK and the author of Arts Development in Community Health: a social tonic.

The UK - WA Artists’ Exchange

Co-presenters: Mike White, Mary Robson, David Doyle, 2 UK artists, 2 WA artists

See the presentation summary in David Doyle's entry above...

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