GP Laura Marshall Andrews, who founded UK’s first GP practice that integrates complementary therapies and arts programmes with GP services, calls for the NHS to embrace alternative therapies and art to tackle mental health issues.
Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre (BHWC), which was founded by Andrews, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £101,500 for the Healing Expressive and Recovery Arts project (HERA) in order to scale up a pilot that will prove how the NHS can save money on medication by embracing alternative therapies, music and dance in mental health treatments.
Finding Your Compass was part of Year 1 of HERA – by Fiona Geillinger and Dr Rosaria Gracia:
Three more weeks until the end of the 57th Venice Biennale! If you haven’t been, you better hurry or you would have to wait for a couple of years until the next Biennale. It’s the Oscars of the Arts World – one of the biggest and probably longest running international art exhibitions. This year, 120 artists were invited from all over the world and 86 countries commissioned installations to represent their nations to an audience of 500K visitors.
You’re basking in the golden sunshine with that brief in hand, looking over an uninterrupted vista and now all you need to do is start throwing ideas out there. But they need to be good, complete, totally on target, new, focused, articulate, right? Well, wrong. This is a wilderness and you can make of it what you will; ideas are ephemeral and all you need at this stage is to capture glimpses. The most important rule is to have no rules and keep the ideas coming without judging them. Here we’ll gather some top tips for idea generation, welcome the weird and wonderful ones.
In this seven step guide, we’ll be looking at the anatomy of a creative project. We’ll begin with the brief and idea generation, then look at how to capture that idea and turn it into a reality, the logistics of timelines and deliverables, and how to ensure the project achieves a happy and successful outcome.
It is a fascinating time for VR developers and artists seeking new mediums, of which there is no shortage in Brighton. At the VR lab launch, which was part of the Brighton Digital Festival, I recognised musicians, mixed media artists, programmers, gamers, and representatives of companies exploring commercial and training applications. That is the beauty of VR, it is an open field, where corporates are turning to indies and cutting edge companies to provide them with the next great interactive experience who in turn are trying to discover just how far the boundries stretch. Continue reading