MERSEY ARTS & HEALTH CONFERENCE.
Held at the Creative Campus, Liverpool Hope University in the inspiring Cornerstone Building . Over 100 delegates from all over the North West ‘s leading Arts councils, Hospitals, Universities, Schools, Health Authorities , Theatres and many more organizations came together. Their aim to learn , network and share the effects and advantages of ‘The Arts ‘ on the Health and Wellbeing of all areas of the Community. As a layperson and “guinea-pig” in a Culture experiment I could identify and connect with the ‘info and messages given out loud and clear from conference speakers. Professor Lynne Frogett and Gerri Moriarty www.gerrimoriarty.com shared their experience, evidence and approaches to how all types of Arts and Health activities can contribute to wellbeing. The good point was that there is evidence , documentation, statistics (and visual evidence, the videos were very positive) as to how the arts induce change. I underline that point, personal experience has proved to me that interaction with all the arts is particularly uplifting. I love music, any music and always feel uplifted after a concert at the Phil or a show at the Empire , amateur / school events have the same effect they make me Happy! Mark Burns , author of ‘ Sex and Drugs and Rock and ……Health’ , gave a very interesting take on How music and popular culture can help reduce health inequalities. A very informative day. My thanks to ‘Bill’ for making us so comfortable, for feeding us such delicious and healthy food, I can recommend this venue for all types of events! and a final big thank you to Nick Birkinshaw for the wonderful welcome and keeping the whole day (with the team) flowing so smoothly. I enjoyed and gained so much from this conference. I’m aware that so much went into this event from so many people I hope they feel free to add to this to do justice to the speakers and the venue.