Storying Sheffield

May 28th: New Connections: A vision for arts & health in Sheffield.

New Connections.
Wednesday, May 28th. 9.30am-4.30pm, Central Sheffield.

This networking event and symposium will explore the themes of arts/health/humanities/wellbeing, with a focus on developing collaborations and partnerships, facilitating, generating, and supporting funding bids, and advancing a vision for arts & health in Sheffield.
Anyone with an interest in, or experience of, arts & health/ medical humanities is welcome to attend: artists; clinicians; policy makers, patients and service-users; researchers; therapists; practitioners; students; etc.
The event is a joint project of the Sheffield Arts and Wellbeing Network (SAWN) and Medical Humanities Sheffield (MHS).
Keynote speakers will include Clive Parkinson (Director of Arts for Health, Manchester), Nick Rowe (Director of Converge, York), and Ian Sabroe (Director of Medical Humanities Sheffield). Further details are below, and more speakers will be announced shortly.
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Keynote speakers
Clive Parkinson.
Clive is the Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University; the UK’s longest established arts and health unit. He led on the HM Treasury funded Invest to Save: Arts in Health Project between 2003 – 2007. In 2009 he was awarded an Enterprise Curriculum Fellowship to develop bespoke arts/health training. Since 2009 Clive has supported the development of Arts and Health Australia. In 2011 he was honored with the International Leadership in Arts and Health Award. He is currently working with colleagues from other UK universities on an interdisciplinary AHRC funded Connected Communities research project, exploring the relationship between the visual arts and dementia friendly communities. For more information see his profile page here:
Nick Rowe.
Nick is an Associate Professor at York St. John University, working across the Faculties of Arts and Health and Life Sciences. He is also a registered psychiatric nurse, a state registered dramatherapist, and co-founder and director of Converge, a project which offers courses in the arts to people who use mental health services. Nick is particularly interested in the ways in which the arts can educate, inspire and challenge service users and professionals in health and social care services. He is a performing member of Playback Theatre York, a company which performs in health and social care settings across the North of England. He is the author of “Playing the Other: dramatizing personal narratives in playback theatre”. More details about Converge here:
Ian Sabroe.
Ian is co-director of Medical Humanities Sheffield, and a Professor of Inflammation Biology. His interest in the application of the humanities to medicine, and in overcoming barriers of communication between arts & sciences and patients & clinicians, led him to found Medical Humanities Sheffield together with Professor Phil Withington. His clinical practice as a respiratory physician focuses in two areas: severe asthma and pulmonary hypertension. Ian is also a biomedical scientist, and his lab studies mechanisms of airway inflammation.
For Ian’s profile see this page:
For Medical Humanities Sheffield see:

Funded by Arts Enterprise at The University of Sheffield.