International Helath Humanities Network: Humanities Subject Area Reports

Selected Healthcare Area: Illness

Arts in the Institute

Since 2009, the Institute of Mental Health has supported a programme of arts activities. These include a rolling programme of visual arts exhibitions in conjunction with City Arts http://www.city-arts.org.uk/ in the Institute's offices focussing on mental health themes such as voices, diversity and identity.

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Public Health and Social Justice Website with Significant Humanities Content

The public health and social justice website can be found at:

http://www.publichealthandsocialjustice.org  or  http://www.phsj.org

The website contains articles and open-access slide shows, syllabi, and other documents relevant to topics in public health and social justice, along with hundreds of external links. There is significant content focusing on the medical humanities on the "Literature, Medicine, and Public Health" page at http://phsj.org/literature-medicine-and-public-health/

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Prayer and Health Research

Prayer’s psychological dimension opens new fertile perspectives on the academic study of prayer and health.

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One Step at a Time, by Emily Allchurch and rb&hArts; - a visual art commission for Royal Brompton Hospital

One Step at a Time was inspired and funded by the family and friends of Andrew James, a long term adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patient to whose memory the work is dedicated. After Andrew’s death in 2007, his family chose to put money from his memorial fund towards commissioned works of art for the ward on which he spent so much time. The project took place in 2011-12.

This narrative appears with additional quotes and images on the Case Studies section of our website:
http://www.rbht.nhs.uk/about/arts/about-us/case-studies/

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Imagined Landscapes - Performance and composition residency with Firefly Burning and rb&hArts;, Royal Brompton Hospital, Jan – March 2013

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Aims

To engage people spending time on the adult surgical wards at Royal Brompton Hospital in a songwriting process, resulting in new musical material and culminating in the public performance and recording of this material. By providing the opportunity to work alongside professional musicians, rb&hArts aimed not only to relieve some of the stress and boredom of the hospital environment, but to facilitate the creation of high-quality compositions, sensitively incorporating participants’ creative input.

During this project, Firefly Burning worked in two distinct ways: performance, and composition. Both were intended to be as interactive as possible. One of the key aims was to experiment with these different ways of working to discover which was the most valuable in the hospital environment.

rb&hArts’ annual music programme funded the project, which served as a pilot for a longer music residency that would require dedicated project funding.

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Theatre for Children in Hospital. The Gift of Compassion.

I am delighted to share the news about the recent publication of my new book 'Theatre for Children in Hospital. The Gift of Compassion" (Intellect, December 15th 2016) with the IHHN members. The book presents a 5-year theatre research study with children and their families in hospitals in W. Midlands in the U.K. Detailed examples of everyday artistic practice in hospital, vibrant dialogues between children as audiences and actors as visitors in the medical world, incidents of breath-taking theatrical experiences in children's wards (paediatrics, cardiac, oncology and intensive care units) and, evidence of the impact of bedside theatre on child emotional and social wellbeing during their stay in hospital make this book unique. Now that I am reading it, I feel that I have been truthful to myself while writing it. I also feel that I represent the truths of my actors, volunteers and audiences, including children, their families, nursing staff and arts managers in hospitals. Of course, I may be biased and therefore, I would love to hear from you, the readers, about your impressions, views, and opinions. My contact is p.sextou@newman.ac.uk 

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The Bird Island. A 3-year CADLab arts-based participatory project for children in hospitals and children in schools in West Midlands.

Newman University CADLab has secured a grant from BBC Children in Need to develop its Drama department's work in Applied Theatre and Wellbeing to improve the lives of young sick children in local hospitals.

 

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  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • The  institue of mental health nottingham
  • National Institute of Health
  • Centre for Advanced Studies
  • The University of Nottingham United Kingdom China Malaysia
  • De Montfort University Leicester
  • OPPNET Basic Behaviour & Social Science Opportunity Network