The question of quality -WAHWN workshop

A series of three online workshops  

Workshop titleDateTime
Workshop 1: Developing a Quality Framework for Arts, Health and Well-BeingThursday 4 February10am – 12pm
Workshop 2: Developing a Quality Arts, Health and Well-Being PracticeThursday 11 February10am – 12pm
Workshop 3: Delivering Quality in the Real WorldThursday 25 February10am – 12pm

Cost for attending all three workshops: £60 orgs / £25 individuals plus booking fee

The price is the same regardless of how many of the workshops you attend.

Overview

This series of online workshops will support participants to reflect on their work in the context of health and well-being in order to identify what ‘good’ looks like and learn how to achieve it in practice.

There is an important role for arts, health and wellbeing post Covid-19 as a source of support for individuals and communities. Whether work supports mental health and wellbeing, tackles loneliness and isolation, or helps build community connectedness, there will be a strong need for it after the immediate crisis of Covid-19 has passed.

Yet, during times of economic insecurity, there will be challenges to face in terms of funding and resources for the arts. The ability to understand, articulate and assure the quality of work will become increasingly important.

This workshop programme will support participants to:

  • Reflect on their practice and develop a clear understanding of what ‘good’ looks like
  • Explore the conditions necessary to delivery high quality projects
  • Better understand how to embed quality in practice.
  • Negotiate effective partnerships based on a shared commitment to quality
  • Develop the confidence to promote and celebrate their work
  • Use a reflective approach to evaluation to ensure continued learning and development.
  • Look at ways in which we might embed and evidence quality in our work.

The Trainer

This programme will be led by Willis Newson Director Jane Willis. A pioneer of the arts and health field, Jane founded Vital Arts, the arts programme for Bart’s Health NHS Trust, in 1994. Since then, as Director of arts, health and well-being consultancy Willis Newson, she has worked with health and arts partners across the UK – Including more than 32 NHS Trusts and Health Boards, Arts Council Wales, National Museum Wales, Arts Council England, The Kings Fund and The Royal Society of Public Health – to produce award-winning arts, health and wellbeing programmes.

She is particularly interested in developing creative solutions to strategic health needs and in supporting skills development within the sector. Working with Professor Norma Daykin at the University of Tampere, Finland, she has contributed to improved evaluation practice within the sector through research programmes, training and resources including www.creativeandcredible.co.uk .

Organiser

Engage Cymru is the leading membership organisation for gallery education in Wales and has over 70 members, including gallery and museum educators, teachers, local authority officers and artists.

Engage Cymru promotes gallery education through advocacy, regular area group meetings, networking and professional development training events, and through its research projects.

Engage Cymru coordinates WAHWN, the Wales Arts Health & Wellbeing Network, with funding from the Arts Council of Wales. WAHWN launched in 2019 and has since expanded to include almost 300 arts and health professional members. 90 members have participated in Creative & Credible arts and health evaluation training over the past year, aimed at supporting colleagues to deliver robust and credible evidence of their work.

Any Wales-based colleagues delivering arts, health and well-being focused work can sign up for free, upload their profile, view and post opportunities, blogs and a wide range of resources in the Knowledge Bank section. Join the Wales Arts Health and Wellbeing Network at https://wahwn.cymru/