2 June 2011

The Week of Art and Health runs until 07 June and is programmed by FACT’s Healthy Spaces Coordinators, Kathryn Dempsey and Angharad Williams with Merseyside’s Art and Health community.

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The Healthy Spaces Programme is a series of commissions and projects produced by FACT, working in partnership with artists, health organisations and Liverpool City Council. At FACT, we believe that artists can play an intrinsic role in the creation of healthy spaces by using digital arts and new media. Over the years, The Healthy Space Programme has facilitated the installation of art works throughout Liverpool’s new Neighbourhood Health Centres, so keep your eyes open next time you visit the doctors as you might be sat near the work of FACT favourites Luke Jerram and Gina Czarnecki!

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Throughout The Week of Art and Health there will be screenings, workshops, activites and webcasts revealing how we can make a healthy space through engagement, creativity and conversation. The Healthy Spaces Film, which is being screened on Thursday from 11.00am until 1.00pm includes interviews with partners and artists, providing an interesting introduction for the programme and a taster for what the week has in store.

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Highlights of the week include a discussion with Sense of Sound on Thursday from 1.00pm about singing and the feel good factor. They will be following this session up on the Sunday with a singing workshop. The Healthy Spaces team would like everyone to know that no one will be asked to sing on their own (unless they really want to!) The workshop is about singing and having fun! The workshop will feature vocal warm ups, vocal technique and singing in harmony. Then on Friday from 4.00pm, Polly Moseley and Julie Hanna will be exploring the relationship between performing arts and mental health. This will be a conversation based upon research that the two have undertaken for an upcoming book where they have related their findings to their experiences in Liverpool.

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You can find the full listings of the week here. Also, you can take a look here at images of The Healthy Spaces Programme newest commission at The South Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre.