Ageing artfully

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17 Oct 2019

Perceptions of creative ageing have been transformed over the past decade, says David Cutler.

How healthcare in Wales is embracing the arts

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17 Oct 2019

Dedicated arts and health co-ordinators, together with a commitment to measure impact, are pushing culture into the mainstream of the country’s health policy, writes Nesta Lloyd-Jones.

Working on our terms - not yours

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10 Oct 2019

Jon Adams explains how a Portsmouth-based project aims to become a national hub of excellence led by and for neurodivergent artists.

‘I want to take the emotional risk’: getting men to open up about mental health

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23 Sep 2019

Restoke anticipated difficulties getting local men to talk about their mental wellbeing – then 170 of them responded to its first casting call. Clare Reynolds explains how co-creation helped create lasting change

Think self-care isn’t for you? Think again

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19 Sep 2019

Articulating our individual needs is important for everyone – especially those at the top of organisations, says Suzanne Alleyne.

Your questions answered on ACE's new strategy

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16 Sep 2019

Arts Council England’s policy leads respond to questions on its plans for the next ten years.

How ‘perky’ are you? Why happiness is the key to workplace productivity

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12 Sep 2019

Many workplaces are structured to generate stress, say Evelyn Wilson and Suzie Leighton. But there are simple techniques we can all learn to support better resilience and creativity.

Giving artists a seat at the table

12 Sep 2019

The arts sector needs to stop exploiting skilled practitioners through tokenistic and self-serving community projects, says Charlotte Arculus.

Why we're taking action on mental health

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12 Sep 2019

A new collective is enabling the sector to share insights and ideas to support better mental health and wellbeing, writes Laura Edralin.

Pouring water back in to the well

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27 Jun 2019

Are we serious enough about how we’re feeling and coping at work – from our life–work balance to our ability to maximise our creativity? Carol Jones addresses some common issues.

Shock at closure of specialist dance injury clinic

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25 Jun 2019

The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science says it is disappointed not to have been consulted about the “accelerated” closure, which is likely to cause delays in rehabilitation.

Thinking big about health

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20 Jun 2019

The Hub at Wellcome Collection brings together academics and practitioners to tackle issues like rest and busyness, rare dementias and inclusive research, writes Harriet Martin.

Leeds University to run £2.5m Centre for Cultural Value

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14 Jun 2019

The centre will act as a “one-stop shop” to bridge the gap between research and practice.

Weaving a rich tapestry

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12 Jun 2019

Kirklees in West Yorkshire has a vision for local development rooted firmly in its historic links to the textile and music industries, says Kath Davies.

Museum visitors ‘less likely to develop dementia’, claim researchers

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07 Jun 2019

Analysis of a decade's worth of data finds that regularly engaging with cultural activities is associated with slower rates of cognitive decline.

Campaign champions impact of Scottish visual arts

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24 May 2019

Art in Action is calling on politicians to “think differently about art” and place it at the heart of their decision-making.

Change education policy to save arts in schools, say MPs

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17 May 2019

A new report demands a “clear explanation” from DCMS and the Department for Education on why they have dismissed evidence about the declining provision and take-up of creative subjects.

Arts projects land £4m to boost social impact

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17 May 2019

The Creative Civic Change programme has granted multi-year funding to communities with a track record of using the arts to address social need.

Arts Council of Wales seeks ‘systemic change’ to embed the arts in healthcare

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10 May 2019

A new project will investigate new ideas for how the arts can play an “impactful and sustainable” role in health and wellbeing.

Even minimal creative activity boosts wellbeing, research finds

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10 May 2019

A study of 50,000 people found that regardless of skill level, taking part in activities like painting, pottery or music helps people manage their emotions, build confidence and explore solutions to problems.

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