Training programme: an open call “Arts for Health”

Vilnius University Oncology Institute

Vilnius University Oncology Institute

“Arts for Health” is an introductory training programme for arts practitioners focused on developing theoretical and practical knowledge of Arts for Health whilst working towards the potential creation of art work/design projects for the interior of the Vilnius University Oncology Institute. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that introducing the arts into clinical spaces, humanizes them, reducing stress and anxiety and with the potential to improve patient outcomes and staff morale. This training will use the Oncology Institute as a test-bed for individual creative development and potentially, lead towards a commission for a participant.

The “Arts for Health” is an initiative devoted to establishing close cooperation between artists, designers, culture operators and health service representatives through interdisciplinary programme and training. A knowledge and practice-based platform for innovative creative production, the Arts for Health integrates with local health care framework, simultaneously applying international experience.

The training programme is suited for a wide range of creative practitioners – artists and designers, who work with interior design, graphic design, installations, sculpture, painting, photography, etc. Programme participants are provided with the opportunity to benefit from the new type of collaboration, to get acquainted with new methods of working and to develop their individual skills within an art for health context. At the end of the training programme one artist will be selected to complete and install his/her project in the Oncology Institute. The installation of the work will be previewed by December 2014.

Training language – English.

Tutor of the training – Clive Parkinson.

Clive Parkinson is the Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, artist, researcher, a founder member of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and a member of the Arts, Health and Wellfare Research Network.

The outline programme of the Arts for Health:

–  Theory and practice based training programme “Introduction to Arts for Health”, October 9–10, 2013.

– Individual work – October-November, 2013.

– Final presentation of the projects – December 2, 2013.

Application process

All applicants must submit:

– CV and a cover letter describing artistic motivation to take part in the training programme and what are the participant’s expectations (in English);

– Portfolio consisting of a maximum of five works.

Send your applications to menasgerovei@kikas.lt. The closing date for applications is 30th September 2013.

Applications received after this date will not be considered. An Artist will be selected through the quality of their application and examples of previous work. Selected artists will be contacted by email latest on October 3, 2013.

For more information please contact Ieva Petkute, + 370 615 21134, menasgerovei@kikas.lt, more information at www.kikas.lt.

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September 4, 2013
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