CW+ Conversations is our new arts in health webinar series, which officially launched in January 2021.

The aim of CW+ Conversations is to bring together people from different disciplines and settings in a conversational space to explore the work we are all doing, to share experiences and ideas, and – as a result – to find ways to improve and further innovate.

Each event, which will run virtually throughout the year, encourages lively and dynamic discussion around different topics relating to arts and design in the hospital environment catering to those with interests in architecture/design, arts in health practice, emerging technology, research, clinical innovation.

If you’d like to join the mailing list to receive invitations to these events, please email abigail.balkitis@cwplus.org.uk.

Arts in Hospitals during COVID-19: Time to Reflect

Our inaugural event took place in January 2021, and was organised in association with the Arts, Heritage and Design in Healthcare Network (part of the NPAG) with participation from over 65 attendees with expertise and interest in the arts in health field.

Our Chair, Dr Karen Gray, was joined by other leaders in the sector: Susie Hall, Head of Arts at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), Oliver Carrington, Impact and Evaluation Manager at Imperial Health Charity, Andrew Hall, Sound and Music Research Consultant at CW+, Hannah Dye, Head of Programmes at Breathe Arts Health Research, and health and wellbeing researcher Dr Greg Windle. Watch their presentations below, and find out more about our discussions from the first CW+ Conversations event here.

Republic of YOUmanity: Connecting Communities Through Photography

On Wednesday 10 March 2021, we hosted a CW+ Conversations webinar about the Republic of YOUmanity fundraising initiative, which last year raised over £30,000 for CW+ and our work at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Our Arts Director Trystan Hawkins was joined by renowned photographer David Taggart and arts patrons Maryam Eisler, Shirley Elghanian and Maria Sukkar, who set up the campaign during the national lockdown in November 2020. Find out more about the inspiring campaign and the discussion held on our arts blog, or watch the full recorded webinar.