Artlift, the pioneering Gloucestershire-based Arts on Prescription provider, is combining forces with national integrative cancer care charity Yes to Life to launch an exciting new magazine today, on World Cancer Day.
Produced with, and for, people living with or beyond cancer, and the professionals who work alongside them, this new venture will create dialogue in the county.
A Steering Group including people with lived experience of cancer, as well as medical / cancer professionals from Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS Gloucestershire Health and Care, will work with Artlift and Yes to Life to shape this new, exciting project.
The Flourish Magazine idea, funded by Big Lottery’s Awards for All, has emerged from Artlift’s Flourish Arts on Prescription programme, and Yes to Life’s Stroud-based Wigwam (cancer support) group. Wigwam Coordinator Philip Booth said:
“The magazine will be stunning to look at and inspiring to read. A picture can paint a thousand words – it is such a powerful way of enabling people to help change the conversations around cancer, to help make talking about cancer less taboo and sharing experiences to help people feel less alone”.
Annie Gotts who has a cancer diagnosis and is a participant on an Artlift Arts on Prescription course said:
“Using creativity alongside conventional cancer therapies has allowed me to feel like a whole person again, rather than just a patient. I want to help more people in Gloucestershire to share the benefits of incorporating creativity into their lives through the magazine”.
The free, stunning, pocket-sized printed magazines will be available through in oncology units and cancer centres such as Focus, Charlie’s and Maggie’s, and/or people will be able to access creative content online. The pilot phase will include production of two editions – in spring and autumn 2022.
Through honest, exploratory and/or simply beautiful creative content, the magazines will explore the benefits of an integrative and creative approach to living with cancer. They will give a powerful insight into the experience of people living with cancer through the Pandemic, as well as that of the medical and other professionals working with them.
Through themes such as ‘Nurture’, the magazines will include interviews, features and thought pieces by recognised experts (e.g., in nutrition) and artistic contributions including poems, short stories, paintings, drawings, images of sculptures, collaborative community and/or crafted work, audio content and videos of performance work.
A Creative Editor and professional artist will be appointed in February, following which a call out for creative submissions will be issued.
If you are interested in contributing creatively or supporting the future sustainability of this much-needed new venture, giving people with cancer, and those supporting them, a voice, please contact Helen Crocker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07779 332 709.