The British Museum is hosting the Age Collective conference aimed at addressing the question "How can museums and galleries, in partnership with other sectors, work more effectively with and for older people in their communities?" In the last 12 months, Age Collective has drawn together 200 local and UK representatives from over 150 cross-sector organisations to explore this question over a series of seminars. The findings from these conversations will form the basis of the Age Collective Conference, which will also launch the Manifesto for Age Friendly Museums.
Leeds Metropolitan University and Utrecht University, Netherlands are organising an international conference examining models of participatory arts practice, the values that underpin these, and their social and political impact. The Universities have issued a call for papers inviting artists, organisations and academics to submit case studies of participatory practice or theoretical papers looking at improving understanding of the impact of participation in the arts.
The Baring Foundation is hosting a one day conference focusing on the issues involved in delivering arts activity with and for older people. ‘Coming of Age: creating effective partnerships and collaborations’ is organised around key themes including developing effective partnerships; evidencing impact; and issues in commissioning arts activity. The event is free and tickets are issued on a first come first served basis.
London College of Fashion (LCF) is hosting a two-day event designed to provoke fresh perspectives on age and ageing in relation to culture and fashion. It will comprise traditional academic papers from scholars who have examined ageing and culture as well as interactive performance events, works of art designed by LCF students working in collaboration with older people and the screening of films about later life. A central aim of the event will be to investigate and interrogate cultural articulations of ageing and old age.
The 8th World Congress on Mental Health, entitled Mental Wellbeing in All Policies, will take place in London next September. The conference has issued a call for papers with a particular emphasis on non-medical approaches to generating wellbeing. The conference will bring together key thinkers in the field of mental health and is a good opportunity to showcase projects which impact on individual and community wellbeing.
Dance UK and The Royal Society for Medicine are hosting a conference examining wellbeing in dance. Beyond the body: Psychological tools for performance enhancement and wellbeing in dance has been organised in response to calls from leading dance professionals for more support and information about performers’ psychological health. It will examine the psychological issues facing dancers and the dance sector, as well as the psychological skills needed to thrive.The conference is in Birmingham and tickets cost from £30-£200
Westminster Forum is running a one day conference looking at arts funding. The day aims to investigate how private investment can be maximised and sustained and how to promote cultural engagement across Britain. Speakers include Dr Beatriz Garcia, Head of Research, Institute of Cultural Capital, University of Liverpool and Editor, Culture @ the Olympics; Dominic Lake, Head of Arts, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Moira Sinclair, Executive Director for London and South East, Arts Council England.
The American Global Alliance for Arts in Health has announced the official dates for its 2014 conference Enhancing Lives Through Arts and Health. Hosted by Texas Children's Hospital, it will take place in Houston, Texas, April 9 – 12, 2014.
Good Vibrations is running a festival of events celebrating ten years of gamelan in the criminal justice system and secure mental health settings and of 25 years of gamelan at Southbank Centre. Sharing Good Vibrations will explore, debate and celebrate the value of the arts in reducing reoffending and in generating wider social benefits. Four days of workshops, presentations, debates and performances will highlight the creative, important and inspiring work done with gamelan - and other art forms - in criminal justice and the community.
This one-day conference, organised by the Audience Agency and Valuing Older People at Manchester City Council, will include presentations and discussions on: working with men, working with people with dementia, developing the Manchester Cultural Offer for older people and Nottingham City Council's approach to arts and older people. There will also be a Market Place of information stalls.