- Practicing Well - A must read report!
- Creative Self-Care
- Creative evaluation
- Does curiosity signal a maturing of the sector?
- Timelapse from Truro
- Fresh Arts on Referral
- Fresh Arts on Referral Evaluation
- Guardian Public Art Top 10
- CONNECT Website Live
- Willis Newson in the press
- Engineering art
- Hospital Arts Managers’ Forum
- Recycled garden - Dolphin School Public Art Project
- Photography commissions for 3Ts hospital redevelopment will capture spirit of place
- CONNECT Public Art Programme Launch
- Nottingham Family NHS project announced
- Healthcare Estates 2016
- Hospital Matters & Hospital Times feature Willis Newson projects
- Ten Commandments of Self Care for Christmas and Beyond
- The Question of Quality
- Willis Newson picks up two honours at the Building Better Healthcare Awards
- Creative and Credible in Arts & Health Journal
- EHD Highly Commended Award
- The Cove Macmillan Support Centre wins RICS commendation
- Thames Lodge highly commended by European Healthcare Design Awards 2016
- Macmillan Brighton artwork installed
- Installation in Ipswich
- Laura Ford sculpture installed at Southmead Hospital Bristol
- European Healthcare Design 2016
- Healthcare Design & Management Magazine
- Bristol Royal Infirmary facade almost complete
- News Archive
- Art for new hospital buildings in Brighton
- Alive! Evaluation Film
- Arts in Health Conference & Showcase - Feb 2016
- Finalists for Surface Design Awards 2016
- BBH Awards 2015
- Spaces for Dementia Project
- Festival surprises boost people's day
- Innovative sculpture solves practical issues for Bristol Royal Infirmary
- Green Sky Thinking
- Community engagement shapes hospital project
- Southmead Hospital's public art film
- Fresh Arts Festival 2015
- Design in Mental Health conference
- A Better Place To Be
- Elgar House to get new artworks
- Artists appointed to Bristol hospitals project
- Work begins on art for Tameside Macmillan Unit
- What does creativity mean to you? Artists respond
- Creative & Credible
- Harnessing creativity
- Creative and credible evaluation training
- Fresh Arts Festival
- What makes you feel well?
- Backing the stars of tomorrow
- Woolverstone Macmillan Centre Ipswich
- Call for designer to create visual identity for new shared workspace in Stokes Croft
- dOCUMENTA (13): Thoughts
- Vinyl treatments create 'meadow forest' feel
- Veil: A new face for the Bristol Royal Infirmary
- Building a framework for curiosity
- A personal experience of art in hospitals
- Creative Networking
- What did the students say?
- Commission for Dolphin School
- Anatomy for life
- 2014 Arts and Health Training Courses
- Focus on creativity
- Light Box: Evaluation 'changed people's perceptions'
- Take a risk. Dance. Sing
- The Napkin Project: Inspiring creativity
- How we are using creativity and craft to tackle dementia... one stitch at a time
- Guy's Cancer Day Unit wins BBH Award
- Creativity: it really does work!
- Evaluating Arts on Prescription
- Football, a tented city and making builders happy
- BHOC shortlisted for BBH Awards
- New designs for an ambitious city
- Patients and staff create art for new cancer unit
- Artists appointed to Brighton 3Ts project
- Architect or artist?
- New arts in health short courses at UWE
- Introducing the Library of Ideas
- A change of scenery on every floor
- Conference buzz
- What now for art in the public realm?
- Helping to evaluate Happiness
- Art programme for Southmead Hospital takes shape
- New artwork inspired by children
- Art creates 'sanctuary' in new Women's Centre
- Healthy Communities, Sustainable Places
- Willis Newson seeks to appoint an Administrator
- Arts strategy to help transform Brighton hospital
- Three architects shortlisted in BRI facade design competition
- Design competition to transform BRI facade
- Training for performers at Guy's and St Thomas'
- Willis Newson collaborating on training sessions
- Willis Newson wins RSPH Arts and Health Award
- New public artwork for Bristol's Chesterfield Hospital
- Artists recruited for new Southmead Hospital
- Celebrating ten years of Willis Newson
- New Evaluation and Research Lead appointed
- Public art and health buildings guidance and advice
- Mapping arts and health in Bristol
- Willis Newson and UWE create new role
- Community is the focus in Clevedon
- Enhancing the mental healthcare environment
- REACH final learning event
- Gloucestershire Royal Hospital's 'Utopia'
- Integrate early, delegates told
- Green light for Southmead Hospital
- Willis Newson wins Building Better Health Award
Ten Commandments of Self Care for Christmas and Beyond
I have spent time this year thinking about this field of work and about the people - colleagues and friends - who make it such a rich and rewarding sector to be a part of. At the same time, I am acutely aware of the pressures that so many of us are under and that we are not always good at taking care of own wellbeing. As a result, many of us will be hurtling into Christmas feeling stressed, tired, even burnt out. Let’s be honest, we don’t always practice what we preach.
So, for those of you interested in the question of how we can we better support each other and ourselves, inspired by The Five Ways to Wellbeing and Ali Brown’s Kindness Project, here are my Ten Commandments of Self Care, which I will be striving to practice in 2018, and which might also be useful through the festive period.
1. Rest: Enjoy holidays and days off! Revel in doing nothing.
2. Play: This outcomes-driven culture, of which we are all a part, stifles creativity. Take time to play.
3. Reflect: Slow down, take notice, be curious, make space to reflect.
4. Support: Give generously and accept help in return.
5. Be active: Look after the body; dance, dance, dance!
6. Keep learning: Nourish, inspire and feed your neural pathways.
7. Connect: Make time for friends and family.
8. Express yourself: write, sing, dance, draw, bake cakes, tell stories….
9. Spend time outdoors: whether you love spacious horizons or forest bathing, take time to let nature work its magic.
10. Be Kind: Turn the world into a gentler, more empathetic and caring place one act of kindness at a time.
If you would like to have a conversation about how we can better support each other and ourselves in this work, do let me know. I’d love to hear from you.