The Arts in a Time of Crisis: Living and dying creatively in a changing world is an international symposium taking place on 2-3 November 2012 in The Education Centre, St Christopher’s Hospice, London. History shows that during times of complex change and increasing uncertainty, the creative arts can often act as both a catalyst and as a context to address crisis and to unravel and make sense of major societal issues. This symposium will provide a forum in order to explore current arts practice, education and research in end of life care.

Leading practitioners, educationalists and researchers will come together with those with an interest in the field to share and understand contemporary thinking around a range of creative arts disciplines in the framework of end of life care. The aim will be to formulate an effective response to the increasing cut backs and the diminishing support for creative arts services during a time of increasing financial austerity. The central question for debate will be ‘Can the creative arts not only offer a cost effective and dynamic response, but also a fundamental response, to both living and dying in a changing world?’ The International symposium will offer opportunities for debate, dialogue and forward planning through: Examining innovative responses from arts services to the current financial crisis Re-defining the possibilities forthe arts in end of Life health and social care Examining and relating policy, theory and practice Exploring the potential and possibility for the arts during a time of change Exploring competences needed for artists to work successfully within a changing world

Dates: Fri, 2 Nov, 2012 to Sat, 3 Nov, 2012
Time: 9:30 – 16:30.
Cost: £200 for both days.
Venue: St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham, UK

Keynote speakers are Tia DeNora, Professor of Music Sociology, Exeter University and Nigel Hartley, Director of Supportive Care, St Christopher’s Hospice

Dr Alison Bracker, Events & Lectures Manager, Royal Academy of Arts Nikki Crane, Head of Arts, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity Prof Marilène Filbet, Professor of Palliative Medicine, Lyons, France Sir Richard MacCormac, RA, Architect, Royal Academy of Arts Stuart Worden, Acting Deputy Principal, The BRIT School


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