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MORTALITY: Death and the Imagination - Clive Parkinson

Arts & Health
Research Group

This inter-disciplinary grouping will explore the relationship between the arts/design and public health at personal and societal levels. It will investigate socially engaged practice and where relevant, product development. It aspires to influence policy through research, practice and advocacy, keeping curiosity and exemplary arts processes at its core.

This group seeks to impact on the public health and wellbeing agenda. This is a multi-faceted agenda that includes the upstream promotion of health and the support of services focused on both illness and prevention/protection and care. Critically, health and wellbeing are influenced by other factors in life that are outside of the NHS, therefore, this research grouping has an overarching focus on the social determinants of health – the factors that underpin both health and wellbeing. The group is interested on the micro to the macro and will inevitably seek to explore research and development opportunities that reflect its make-up and connections.

We will look specifically at the relationship between all art forms and health, wellbeing and inequalities at the personal and societal levels. We will influence policy through research and advocacy. Our work will keep curiosity and the highest possible arts process's at the heart of our thinking and action.

This group has key members from different disciplines and with critical connections within the university and externally. Its membership is fluid and it's hoped that rather than an overcrowded group, it will feed into wider sub-sets and disciplines, expanding and contracting in its membership as appropriate.

Research Areas

This research group has a fluid membership with broad ranging research interests, including:

  • Public Health and Inequalities
  • Cultural Value
  • Mental Health
  • The Environment and Ecology
  • Socially Engaged Practice
  • Wellbeing
  • Visual Literacy
  • Sound Art
  • The Built Environment
  • Design for Health
  • Dementia
  • Healthy Aging
  • Textiles and Stitch
  • Substance Misuse and Recovery
  • Policy
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Practice-led research
  • International Collaboration

Recent Projects

Dr Amanda Ravetz was winner of the AHRC's Research in Film award, for her film that was made as part of a research project about the utopianism of recovery - the idea that recovery requires the daily renewal of hope..

An AHRC funded research project that asks: Can art improve life for people with dementia and their carers? If so, how does it do this? And can it help people with dementia stay connected to their communities? Can it help their communities become more dementia friendly? Might there even be financial benefits for the UK?

A new report, published by Arts for Health (Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbit) revealing that research stretching back a number of decades, shows a significant association between engaging with the arts and longer lives better lived. These international studies collectively suggest that attending high-quality cultural events has a beneficial impact upon a range of chronic diseases over time.

Arts for Health Research Associate, Dr Katherine Taylor has a new paper in the Journal of Affective Disorders. In the first phenomenological study focussing on the links between creativity and extreme mood, an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) approach was used to collect and analyse in-depth interview data from seven people diagnosed with BD in the UK.

People in recovery from substance misuse in the UK, Italy and Turkey have collaboratively developed a manifesto that attempts to humanise the face of addiction. The Recoverist Manifesto gives a voice to a marginalized people that aims to dispel the stigmatized myths and legends associated with the condition by providing a counter-blast that challenges current clichéd misconceptions by reframing addiction as a health issue and recovery as a civil rights concern.

A group exhibition at FACT and book chapter by Clive Parkinson. Group Therapy presents a diverse collection of artworks, research and design innovation exploring connections between mental health and the values, political conditions, and technologies that that structure our lives. It frames mental health not as problem that affects a small cohort of people living on the fringes of society, but as a social issue that plays a part in all of our lives. To emphasise this, the exhibition and many of the works within it are designed to prompt visitors to reflect on their own mental state, by creating experiences that bring awareness to the body and mind.

An informal network that brings together health and social care professionals, the voluntary sector, artists and designers.

Members


Exhibitions & Publications

Exhibitions

Brown, L., 2014. Arts and Health Archives, Manchester Histories Festival, Manchester Town Hall, March 2014.

Clive and Iona HeathMike White and Sam Guglani

Parkinson, C. Gartside, Steven, 2013. MORTALITY: Death and the Imagination, The Holden Gallery, 8th July - 16th August.

Heys, TEB., 2013. Vinyl Collider, 'Sensory & Emotional Education' exhibition, Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India, 15/2/2013.

Performances

Blasting & Bombardiering in Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Parkinson, C., 2014. 'Blasting & Bombardiering in Arts, Health and Wellbeing', Falmouth University: Academy for Innovation & Research, Wed 19th February 2014.

A Recoverist Manifesto (performance)

Parkinson, C., 2014. 'Towards a Recoverist Manifesto', The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 13th November 2014.

FICTION-NON-FICTION

Parkinson, C., 2013. 'FICTION-NON-FICTION', Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12th November 2013.

Books

Parkinson, C., 2017. 'Critical Care', Cad Factory.

Manifesto for Arts and Health (Part 2)

Parkinson, C., 2013. 'M A N I F E S T O (part 2)', MMU.

Book Chapters

Parkinson, C., 2015. 'A Recoverist Manifesto'. In Lynn Garlick (eds.) Spoonful, Arts and Health Institute.

A young Parkinson exploring his flooded environs 1968

Parkinson, C., 2014. 'Burning in Water, Drowning in Flames'. In Vic McEwan (eds.) Yenda Rain, Introductory Essay, 6, The Cad Factory, Birrego, New South Wales, Australia.

SICK FESTIVAL 11th March 2014

Parkinson, C., 2014. 'Confronting Mortality'. In Helen Medland and Tim Harrison (eds.) SICK 14, 2, The BASEMENT, Brighton.

MORTALITY: Death and the Imagination

Parkinson, C,, 2013. 'Present-Tense'. In Dr Steven Gartside, Clive Parkinson, Zoe Watson and Valeria Ruiz Vargas (eds.) MORTALITY: Death and the Imagination, 30, The Holden Gallery, Manchester.

Parkinson, C., 2013. 'Towards Sentience'. In Graeme Brooker and Lois Weinthal (eds.) The Handbook of Interior Design, 6000 words, Berg Publishers, London.

Internet Publications

A Bird in a Gilded Cage

Parkinson, C., 2013. 'A Bird in a Gilded Cage', ixia - Public Art Think Tank, http://ixia-info.com/new-writing/a-bird-in-a-gilded-cage/.

Journal Articles

Parkinson, C. Gordon-Nesbitt, R, 2014. 'The Arts: Authenticity and Exchange', Public Health Today, September 2014, 1.

Windle, G. Gregory, S. Newman, A. Goulding, A. O'Brien, D. Parkinson, C, 2014. 'Understanding the impact of visual arts interventions for people living with dementia: a realist review protocol', Systematic Reviews, Systematic Reviews 2014, 3:91, 14.

Presentations

Parkinson, C., 2015. 'Towards A Recoverist Manifesto', Managing Art Projects with Societal Impact, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn, 6th - 7th July 2015, in http://www.mapsi.eu.

Brown, L., 2013. 'ARTLINES', Culture, Health and Wellbeing, Bristol, June 2013, in http://www.culturehealthwellbeing.org.uk/conference.aspx.

Parkinson, C., 2013. 'State of the Arts (and health)', UK Arts, Health and Wellbeing Research Network, University of Nottingham, 7th March 2013, in http://artsandhealthresearch.ac.uk/artshealthandwellbeing/seminar-series/march-2013-nottingham.aspx.

Parkinson, C., 2013. 'The Interior, Design and Health', The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, November 2011, in Published as a book chapter, Towards Sentience in The Handbook of Interior Design, July 2013, 6000 words.

Other Outputs

Parkinson, C., 2015. 'Art, Design and New Technology for Health: The Sackler Conference 2015', Chair of Conference Session One: The role of interactive and digital art in healthcare.

Parkinson, C., 2015. 'BBC Health Check', Expert guest on BBC World Service health programme. This edition focused on Arts and Health and was presented by Claudia Hammond.