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Arts & Health Newsletter – May 2021 – Projects & Events

Arts and Health Newsletter - April 2021

Here’s this months round up of news and events from the region and beyond.

Projects & Events

  • Social Prescribing Networking Event | Tuesday 25th May 2021, 1-3pm

Following on from our popular event last December for arts and culture folk to talk about social prescribing in Derbyshire, we thought it was about time for another gathering. At the last session some of you suggested a social prescribing network – so this is the first meeting!

We’d like to hear from you about topics you want to discuss. If you are already involved in a social prescribing project and have something to share we’d love to hear from you in advance of the meeting. Or maybe it’s all still a bit too vague and impenetrable, in which case let us know things you’d like to know more about.

Send your thoughts to Rachel Massey, Arts and Health Coordinator, Arts Derbyshire via email or Twitter

Book your place here.


  • Arts 4 Dementia

Arts 4 Dementia has lots of arts opportunities to empower people affected by dementia in the community. Arts 4 Dementia believes that people living with dementia and their carers have the right to enjoy life to the full. Participating in arts activity, rekindling and learning new artistic skills enables them to bypass dementia symptoms and enjoy new creative experiences together.

For more information about Arts 4 Dementia’s work, training, conferences and CPD, click here.


  • Online Singing Groups for People with Dementia

Researchers at the University of Nottingham are looking for people to take part in a new study about the benefits of online group singing for people with dementia and their carers. The singing groups will be held on Zoom and will be relaxed, fun and informal. You don’t need to have any previous experience of singing to take part. Technical support will be provided for those who are new to Zoom.

Do you…
Have a diagnosis of dementia?
Have a carer who can attend a singing group with you?
Have access to the internet and a computer, tablet or smartphone?

If the answer is yes, then you could be eligible to take part in the study.

Get in touch for more information:
Email: Phone: 07971 007345


  • Art at Ashgate

Art at Ashgate was an Artists in Residence project developed in partnership with Ashgate Hospicecare and Junction Arts. The project aimed to make high quality arts experiences accessible to people at a time when seeking out such opportunities was difficult and to support professional artists to acquire the skills and experience to work successfully in the palliative care setting.

Junction Arts worked with artists Fi Burke and Miriam Robinson and the first residency from January to March 2020 went pretty much to plan. The second residency however was entirely different. The lockdown resulted in long delays followed by the need to develop new ways of working because there could be no face-to-face activity. This was a steep learning curve for everyone involved – staff, clients and patients.

To find out how they got on and what they achieved, click here.


  • Story, songs and animation helps children with eczema care for the ‘dragon’ in their skin

Derby-based Sinfonia Viva, the orchestra of the East Midlands, has brought together a creative team to work with health experts from Birmingham City University and the University of Nottingham to produce The Dragon in My Skin – a new book, animated film and songs to help children with eczema cope with the condition.

Writer Hazel Gould, songwriter Abimaro Gunnell, illustrator Jay Nolan-Latchford and animated film artists Darius Powell and Abbie Canning all worked on the project.

Children with eczema and their families joined a series of online workshops with the Viva creative team to compose a series of songs based on their own experiences of the condition and the dragon story which they have recorded alongside professional players from the Orchestra.

The Dragon in My Skin is available to view online.


  • Beyond the Spectrum

The project began with a series of eight free, weekly creative writing workshops for autistic writers from beginners upwards, with separate groups available for younger writers and adult writers living in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Writing East Midlands recruited a brilliant team of autistic poets and authors to inspire participants to develop new skills, express themselves creatively, as well as establish new contacts and networks.

For more information click here.

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