Thanks to a major grant of £40,000 from the Art Fund’s Respond & Reimagine scheme, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham is launching a major health and wellbeing initiative for 2021.
The project builds on the organisation’s previous experience of working in this area but takes it to new levels and areas by using multi-disciplinar professionalism and community engagement.
The year-long endeavour will see the Barber roll out a programme of innovative arts activity delivered in and with the communities on the museum’s doorstep and with health and wellbeing as its aim and outcome.
This ambitious project has four interconnecting strands: a Nurse in Residence, Death and Dying Community Conversations, Care Home Outreach and a Social Prescribing pilot.
Central to Barber Health is the innovative Nurse in Residence programme. The project’s inaugural Nurse in Residence is Jane Nicol, Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham’s School of Nursing and a registered nurse who has specialised in palliative and end of life care. Over the next 12 months, Jane will be looking at the Barber’s collection through her unique lens and developing ways of using these major works of art to inform community healthcare and enrich medical training.