Webinars

Monthly Arts for Brain Health Webinars 2022, in association with Sir Muir Gray, Director, Optimal Ageing Programme at The University of Oxford.

Experts in culture, health and wellbeing, dementia prevention, creative ageing and social prescribing, debate the vital role of arts and wellbeing activity in protecting against cognitive decline – from the onset of potential dementia symptoms – with actions for social change.

These free webinars take place monthly, on Tuesdays.

The webinar series is produced in partnership with Sir Muir Gray, Director of the Optimal Ageing Programme at the University of Oxford and with Arts 4 Dementia. Early actions helped to provide supporting material for the Health and Care Bill.


Upcoming webinars

Global Social Prescribing Arts for Brain Health, Tuesday 6 December, 2-5 pm GMT

In partnership with the Global Social Prescribing Alliance

The uplifting power of cultural and creative activity nurtures our resilience in the community.

Social prescribing to creative, cultural and social activity in the natural environment revitalises and empowers to individuals and their loved ones to combat loneliness, pain and fear and to preserve their brain health, nurturing their sense of identity, of belonging and resilience for years longer.

Michael Dooley, Treasurer of the College of Medicine and of the Global Social Prescribing Network, chairs a debate between international leaders in social prescribing on the pathway in each nation, on student champion schemes to instil arts prescribing into practice for brain health for students at the outset of their careers and cross sector partnership funding models for sustainability

If you are involved or interested in developing social prescribing, working in the field of creative health, to inspire older adults to override mild cognitive impairment, or are responsible for culture, health and wellbeing, or are a social prescriber or for anyone interested in culture and creativity to preserve for brain health, join us for this free webinar:

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SPEAKERS

2 pm Veronica Franklin Gould, President, Arts 4 Dementia, introduces messages from

CHAIR Michael Dooley, Treasurer, The College of Medicine

  • James Sanderson, Director of Community Health and Personalised Care at NHS England and NHS Improvement (on introduction of SPLW as patients’ direct pathway from GP, via SPLW to empowering choice of A.R.T.S. prescription.
  • Dr Daisy Fancourt, Director, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Arts and Health.

2.40 pm GLOBAL SOCIAL PRESCRIBING, chair: Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca

  • Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca, GSPA Development lead and founder of the Global Social Prescribing Champion scheme. Medical/neuroscience/social care and arts students interacting with participants for lived experience of arts for brain health.
  • Hamaad Khan, Social prescribing development in 23 countries, advances and barriers.
  • Ronald BennettA4D drama participant and Veronica Franklin Gould, A4D Arts prescription for Brain Health workshop model.

3 pm SOCIAL PRESCRIPTION PATHWAY, chair Sian Brand:

  • AUSTRALIA Sian Slade, Melbourne School of Population Health, Australia.
  • SINGAPORE Professor Kheng Hock Lee, Director, Office of Community Engagement & Education (OCEAN), SingHealth Community Hospitals, Singapore.
  • PORTUGAL Professor Sonia Dias, Coordinator of Public Health Research Centre at NOVA National School of Public Health. Professor at NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal and Dr Maria Marques.

3.30 pm ARTS ON PRESCRIPTION PATHWAY, chair Alexandra Coulter, Director, National Centre for Creative Health. Advances and barriers, champion involvement, arts prescription funding.

4 pm FUNDING SUSTAINABLE ARTS PRESCRIPTION PROGRAMMES, chair, Tim Anfilogoff, Head of Community Resilience for Herts Valley CCG; NHS Social Prescribing Network Steering Group Member Sustainable social prescription funding models

4.50 Sir Muir Gray, Happy Brainability Christmas.

Veronica, A4D, and Bogdan Chiva Giurca, GSPA, CLOSE


Past events

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VR & Live Streaming Arts for Brain Health, Tuesday 8 November, 12-2 pm GMT

The uplifting power of engaging with arts activity, participating, using virtual reality to enjoy superb performances or explore museums and heritage venues nurtures a sense of awe, resilience and wellbeing.

Weekly access to the arts has a vital impact on people’s brain health and wellbeing. In care homes, access to the arts through digital media, live streaming, whether painting, singing, acting, dancing  or watching the most exquisite quality operas or masterpieces of fine and decorative arts in opera houses and other magnificent venues they can no longer visit, live streamed performances, interactive arts workshops, virtual reality bring it to them, inspires them to unlock their creative instincts, helps them to stay lucid and to communicate with their loved ones. Entering a magnificent heritage venue, introduced by the owner must be magical from a care home.

Sir Muir Gray, Director of the Optimal Ageing Programme at The University of Oxford, chairs this innovative, international debate in Virtual Reality and live arts streaming for care homes.

If you work in the arts for health sector, digital technology enabling arts for health, the arts sector, research in the field or for anyone interested in digital access to live arts for brain health, join us for this free webinar on Tuesday 8 November 2022 at 12-2 pm.

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12 pm Veronica Franklin Gould, President, Arts 4 Dementia introduction.

Martin Robertson, living with Post Cortical Atrophy, shares his VR experiences.

CHAIR: Sir Muir Gray CBE FRCPSGlas FCLIP (Director, University of Oxford’s Optimal Ageing Programme)

PRESENTATIONS I , followed by SPEAKER DEBATE, chaired by Sir Muir Gray

PRESENTATIONS II, followed by SPEAKER DEBATE, chaired by Sir Muir Gray

YouTube: Social Welfare Institute at Yangpu District, Shanghai, China, ‘You’re never too old to be a pin up Girl

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Disability Arts for Brain Health, Tuesday 4 October, 2-4 pm BST

Dr Rashmi Becker MBE, Founder of Step-Change Studios and Sport England Board Champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, chairs a debate between leaders in social prescribing, artists, activists and innovative providers of disability arts who present a wide range of practice and opportunities open to people living with a disability and experiencing early symptoms of a dementia.

If you are involved or interested in innovative ways of using arts for the disabled and brain health, or are responsible for culture, health and wellbeing, or are a social prescriber or for anyone interested in culture and creativity to preserve for brain health, join us for this free webinar on Tuesday 4 October 2022 at 2-4 pm BST.

With BSL interpreters

Speakers:

CHAIR: Dr Rashmi Becker MBE, Founder, Step-Change Studios. Sport England Board Champion for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Dr Michelle Howarth, Lead: National Social Prescribing Network Special Interest Group: Nursing
Dr Lucy Burke, Principal Lecturer, Centre for Culture & Disabiliity Studies at Liverpool Hope University.
Dr Rashmi Becker MBE, Founder, Step-Change Studios, London
Nabil Shaban, Actor, activist, co-founder, Graeae Theatre for disabled people
Fleur Derbyshire-Fox, Director of Engagement, English National Ballet ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’
William Ogden, Trustee Director of Decibels, Music for the deaf
Rebecca McGinnis, Senior Managing Educator for Accessibility, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Furrah Syed FRSA, Artist, Educator, Colour Energy Specialist, Visual arts for the blind and visually impaired
Dr. Beverley Duguid, founder of InsightMind poetry for the visually impaired
Ruth Fabby MBE, Director, Disability Arts Cymru.
Jan-Bert van den Berg, Director, Artlink Edinburgh and the Lothians
Veronica Franklin Gould FRSA (President, Arts 4 Dementia)

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Global Brain Health Institute: Co-creating arts for brain health – a global perspective, Tuesday 6 September, 10 – 11.30 am BST

To mark World Alzheimer’s Month, in this webinar, chaired by Brian Lawlor, Deputy Executive Director of the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI – University of California, San Francisco | Trinity College Dublin), we will showcase the diverse creative activities of Atlantic Fellows for Equity Health at GBHI that have been co-produced with and for people living with dementia that generate powerful messages of hope, engagement, inclusion and connection. There is so much to be learned from the innovation emanating from different countries and geographies, and this webinar will illustrate the richness and diversity of a number of these global creative interdisciplinary activities. 

The webinar will feature five 10-minute presentations from Atlantic Fellows, followed by a panel discussion of experts in arts & brain health, social prescribing and transdisciplinary approaches for people living with dementia. Read more

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Cultural Diversity in Arts for Brain Health, Tuesday 5 July 2022, 10 – 11.30 am GMT

Dr Sharmi Bhattacharyya, Consultant & Clinical Lead for Older People’s Mental Health at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales and Editor of The Old Age Psychiatrist at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, chairs a debate between leaders in social prescribing, culture health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on diagnostic tools and arts workshops celebrating diverse cultures. Read more

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Creative Writing for Brain Health, Tuesday 7 June 2022, 12 – 1.30 pm GMT

Professor Lynne Corner, Director of VOICE and Chief Operating Officer at the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing at the University of Newcastle chairs a debate between leaders in social prescribing, culture health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on referral to Creative Writing programmes. Read more

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Heritage and Nature for Brain Health, Tues 10 May 2022, 10 am-11.30 am

Desi Gradinarova, Head of Wellbeing and Inclusion Strategy at Historic England and Historic Environment Lead at the National Academy for Social Prescribing, chairs a debate between leaders in social prescribing, culture health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on referral to Heritage and Nature programmes. Read more

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Visual Arts for Brain Health, Tues 5 April 2022, 10 am-11.30 am

Professor Martin Orrell, Director of the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham, chairs a debate between leaders in social prescribing, culture health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on referral to visual arts programmes. Read more

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International A.R.T.S. for Brain Health, ‘From Despair to Desire’, Tues 8 March 2022, 10 am-12 pm


Drama for Brain Health, Tues 8 February, 10-11 am

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Music for Brain Health, Tues 11 January, 10-11 am


Increase Brainability: Dance to Preserve Brain Health & Global Social Prescribing, Tuesday 7 December 2021

  • Chair: Dr Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor, Public Health England
  • Sir Muir Gray, Director, Optimal Ageing Programme at The University of Oxford
  • Fergus Early, Artistic Director, Green Candle Dance
  • Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca, Founder, NHS Social Prescribing Champion Scheme. Developmental Lead, Global Social Prescribing Alliance

Social Prescribing as Diagnostic Practice, Tuesday 2 November 2021

  • Chair: Sir Muir Gray, Director, Optimal Ageing Programme at The University of OxfordProfessor
  • Professor Alistair Burns, NHS National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health
  • Professor John Gallacher, Professor of Cognitive Health at The University of Oxford; Director, Dementias Platform UK