A manifesto for mental health

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18 Apr 2019

All too often the cultural sector holds back from conversations about mental ill-health. Colin Beesting shares his manifesto for a more proactive approach.

Getting people talking

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28 Mar 2019

Are we losing the art of conversation? Tom Pow explains how a project in Scotland is using the arts to stimulate communication.

Leading with an audience focus

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07 Mar 2019

Over 25 years the role of cultural marketers has expanded, but the focus remains on audience relationships. Cath Hume examines the changes and challenges.

The show must go on

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21 Feb 2019

Circus was created to fill a gap left by ‘serious’ theatre. Now a new generation of performers is rejecting bureaucratisation to rediscover the artform's anarchic roots, writes John Ellingsworth.

Toddlers welcome

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21 Feb 2019

Support for new parents in the arts sector is often lacking. Rachel Harper explains how a new show has introduced a range of measures to create a less stressful, more inclusive working environment.

A breath of fresh air

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21 Feb 2019

The port town of Felixstowe proved an ideal setting for exploring less cerebral ways of engaging with contemporary art, writes Natalie Pace.

Book Review: A Restless Art

21 Feb 2019

Lucy Neal welcomes François Matarasso's nuanced and passionate exploration of the growing field of participatory art.

Missing the point

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31 Jan 2019

If we defend the arts based on evidence of positive outcomes in specific cases, we may find the very same logic turned against us, warns Carter Gillies.

Pay crisis builds as arts workers struggle to make ends meet

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25 Jan 2019

Across the UK, but especially in London, arts workers are considering their futures in the sector as salaries have fallen out of step with the cost of living.

Making Hull’s impact last

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24 Jan 2019

Hull’s year as UK City of Culture may be over, but a partnership between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Hull will continue to harness the benefits of culture for local people, says James Williams.

Why should noise end a musical career?

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17 Jan 2019

Noise-induced hearing loss can be career-ending for professional musicians, as demonstrated in a recent case at the Royal Opera House, writes Tim Turney.

Taking baby steps into music

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13 Dec 2018

A non-verbal approach to music-making for the very youngest children offers a comfortable environment for new parents experiencing anxiety, as well as a joyful time for babies, says Hannah Baker.

The arts on a full tummy

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13 Dec 2018

Stratford Circus Arts Centre, based in an area of London with high levels of child poverty, has come to realise that providing low-cost hot meals can help it engage with local families. Tania Wilmer tells the story.

New network to support music and health work

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07 Dec 2018

The initiative will bring together music and health practitioners and provide opportunities for continuing professional development.

Research undervalues social impact of the arts, review finds

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30 Nov 2018

An evidence review concludes that nuances around the impact of arts interventions are being lost as evaluations take “an overly narrow focus on data and measurements”.

Trusting young people in care

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29 Nov 2018

Nathan Geering explains how a hip-hop dance production has helped give a voice to young people in the care system.

Opportunities to take part in music ‘essential’ in care homes, says report

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22 Nov 2018

An evaluation finds that interactive three-month musical programmes had “particularly strong effects upon people’s communication skills and mood”.

Back reading to tackle loneliness epidemic, Government urged

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09 Nov 2018

A new report calls for £200m investment and a national reading movement to improve the UK’s mental health, wellbeing and social mobility.

Government plans social prescribing academy

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09 Nov 2018

The institution will champion non-drug treatments and create a body of knowledge to support healthcare workers.

Reading up on dementia

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01 Nov 2018

In Wales, people living with dementia, and their carers, are being offered fiction as well as self-help books to help them manage the condition, explains Debbie Hicks.

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