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  • A freelance independent practitioner?
  • Do you work in the arts & health sector?
  • Are you working or living in Brighton & Hove?

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Creative Future is one of the partners in the Hera Partnership along with Robin Hood Health Foundation, The Old Market, and Diversity & Ability. We are delivering a 3-year arts-focused social prescribing programme supporting people across Brighton & Hove. Part of the work CF is doing is to set up a support network for freelance arts & health practitioners working in this field.

The network aims to:

  • Build connections in and for the arts & health sector
  • Provide peer support opportunities
  • Offer regular updates about:
    - Useful information & resources
    - Work & training opportunities & collaborations
    - National & international perspectives

The network will meet quarterly but we also plan to establish a monthly, facilitated peer support group meeting that will look at different themes, for example:

  • Sharing good practice
  • How to access support/looking after oneself
  • Working with challenging people

This is a new network opportunity for freelance arts & health practitioners. We want this network to give you the support you need, and we encourage everyone who signs up to support the development of the network. It's a network run by you and for you.

If you have ideas to contribute or if you feel there is specific support the network should be offering, we want to hear from you! We know we'll need to secure additional fundraising to deliver some of the requests we've had, for instance, around training opportunities. Fundraising ideas are always welcomed!

Join our next meeting

We're meeting on Zoom on Tuesday 22 June, 10 am - 12 pm, hosted by Jane McMorrow, Director of Creative Future.

Each quarter we will invite an artist, practitioner, or organisation along to talk about a specific programme or project that will highlight examples of best practice.

Agenda for the 22 June 2021

  • 10 – 10.15 Intro & updates from Jane McMorrow
  • 10.15 – 10.25 - Update from Jo white CHWA Southeast
  • 10.25 – 10.55 Nicola Naismith Talk about Artists Practising Well & Q&A
  • 10.55 – 11.00 Comfort Break
  • 11.00 – 11.20 Kiz Bangerh Hip Hop Heals Artist Talk & Q&A
  • 11.20 – 11.40 Break Out rooms
  • 11.40 – 12.00 Feedback & Close

About the speakers

Nicola Naismith is a visual artist with over 20 years experience of working with socially engaged practice, research and lecturing. She explores topics of labour, the workplace and value through self initiated collaborations and working to commission. She creates visual artworks, talks, writing and events which explore the importance of context and connection in both art-making and leadership practice. Nicola supports creative practitioners through research and advocacy, and working as a coach, mentor and action learning set facilitator. In 2019 she published the Artists Practising Well report which explored the support needs of creative practitioners working in Arts for Health and Wellbeing contexts.

Kiz is Founder Director of Hip Heals where she is a Tutor & Counsellor. Kiz is an expert in Therapeutic Hip Hop facilitation and a Poet with a history of creative project design, delivery and evaluation. The mission of Hip Hop Heals is to reduce mental health inequalities for disadvantaged groups, using Therapeutic Hip Hop as an art-based alternative to medication. The work bridges the gap between Hip Hop and therapy, delivering poetry therapy-style workshops in schools, probation centres, mental health units and homeless hostels.

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