Organiser: A Live Well Make Art
Event: Motherhood, Early Years and Arts 
Date: Fri 19 Oct 
Time: 10-3pm
Location: Performance Space, Gallery Oldham, Oldham Library and Lifelong Learning Centre, Oldham, OL1 1AL 
Cost: The event is free to attend, and lunch is provided.

mother with her baby

Image- Go Explorers at Gallery Oldham

"The developmental benefits of arts include: motor skills, language development, decision-making, visual learning, inventiveness, cultural awareness, improved academic performance’ The Importance of Art in Child Development, Grace Hwang Lynch

"Giving every child the best start in life is crucial to reducing health inequalities across the life course. The foundations for virtually every aspect of human development – physical, intellectual and emotional – are laid in early childhood. What happens during these early years, starting in the womb, has lifelong effects on many aspects of health and well-being – from obesity, heart disease and mental health, to educational achievement and economic status" 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' The Marmot Review

Live Well Make Art (LWMA) is an informal network of arts professionals and activists, health professionals and activists, academics and people who care passionately about the health of Greater Manchester. They have been working together for two years as a social movement. They want a healthier Greater Manchester, where all its people can share the benefits of engaging in and enjoying the arts and creative activities with each other and they want to make their streets, neighbourhoods and communities better places to live.

On Friday 19th October, at Gallery Oldham, they will be holding the third Live Well Make Art event to happen as part of a programme funded through Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Great Places initiative. It will explore ways in which the arts can help mothers, early years children and families. The event will be introduced by Dr. Carolyn Wilkins (Chief Executive, Oldham Council) and Clive Parkinson (Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University; the UK's longest established arts and health unit).

This is an opportunity to:

- Learn from local and national case studies
- Share your knowledge and expertise with others
- Consider innovative ways of making a difference and new possibilities for collaboration
- Find out more about LWMA’s Great Places programme, including their micro-grants initiative

Book your ticket here.