September CG Associates Session: Arts and Health

25 September 2018 / 18:30-20:30

For September CG Associates members only

For our September CG Associates session, Clive Parkinson joins us to talk about arts and health. Clive is the Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University; the UK’s longest established arts and health unit. He led on the HM Treasury-funded Invest to Save: Arts in Health Project between 2003 and 2007 and is a passionate advocate for culture and the arts. In 2009 he was awarded an Enterprise Curriculum Fellowship to develop bespoke arts/health training. In 2016 he was made a Reader at the Manchester School of Art, focusing on Arts, Health and Social Justice and has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the University of New South Wales.

Through facilitated networking, practical support, training on the ground and high level political lobbying, he has succeeded in gaining strategic support and a greater understanding of the potency of the arts in the UK and internationally. He is working to further understand the impact of the arts on public health and works in partnership with Arts Council England and the Department of Health amongst others. Over 2011-2012 he facilitated a series of participatory workshops with people interested in the impact of the arts on wider society. Under the banner of M A N I F E S T O he has developed proactive advocacy tools, which have a had a direct influence on the development of a National Charter for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. He is currently the chair of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Clive is currently delivering an MA unit in Arts, Public Health and Wellbeing at the Manchester School of Art and is developing a stand-alone Masters in Arts and Health.

Image: Clive Parkinson, Towards a Recoverist Manifesto, performance still (2014)