Arts and health: think big and embrace the opportunities

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22 Jul 2020

A substantial new income stream for the arts sector can go hand in hand with significant savings to the health budget, says Tim Joss. But first we need to move beyond some widespread assumptions that are holding back progress.

Stay well, supported and creative: our new microsite for Covid-19 updates

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19 Mar 2020

In uncertain times, ArtsProfessional will be providing regular updates on projects and resources to support wellbeing, careers and creativity in the arts.

How to power recovery in the hard-hit North East

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24 Mar 2021

Abigail Pogson outlines the vital contribution the arts can – and should – make as the nation edges towards recovery.

Challenging the norms of dance

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24 Mar 2021

Grace Nicol wants to redefine how we make dance to support more risky work. The answer, she thinks, lies in greater pastoral care.

Acting is an emotional assault

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17 Mar 2021

Wabriya King was told she had to be tough to be an actress. It’s not her who needed to change, she writes.

All I need is a hairbrush microphone

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17 Mar 2021

Ruth Pitt reflects on the power of music and the projects that put it at the heart of recovery. 

Orchestras, opera companies and choirs add £1.6m to public health

11 Mar 2021

Up to two thirds of UK orchestras are already working in health and social care settings. With NHS support, they could be "at the heart of society’s recovery from the mental and economic scars of Covid-19".

'Mental health crisis' among musicians is worsening, charity warns

10 Mar 2021

Even with a light at the end of the lockdown tunnel, musicians' mental health is suffering due to "substantial uncertainty around how quickly the music industry can recover".

Creativity is a lifesaver

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08 Mar 2021

Lord Alan Howarth reflects on a journey in arts and healthcare that has a promising future.

Taking the temperature of arts in health

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08 Mar 2021

Erica Ramsay, Geraldine Montgomerie and Holly Dannhauser explore the challenges faced by a local arts in health network – and how they mirror the hurdles for this work nationally.

A moral failure in cultural policy

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17 Feb 2021

Underpaid artists have become caretakers for communities that commissioners want to say they’re supporting. Eleonora Belfiore asks: whose responsibility is it to push for the change we so desperately need?

National Centre for Creative Health to 'mainstream' arts in health and social care

05 Feb 2021

The initiative will facilitate new interventions by sharing the successes of existing ones, seizing on the UK's growing appetite for creativity as a source of wellbeing.

Volunteers keep creativity alive

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02 Feb 2021

The creative activity that thrives in everyday society is often the most overlooked and unsupported, writes Robin Simpson. Here’s how you can help.

Keep calm and clarify

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19 Jan 2021

Rowan Kerek Robertson offers practical advice on protecting yourself and your organisation from online abuse – and what to do when the worst happens.

Let creativity be a sanctuary

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19 Jan 2021

Theatre maker Rosie MacPherson calls for urgent action as Covid-19 closes routes to resettlement.

Testing isn't enough to bring audiences back, survey suggests

03 Dec 2020

Mandatory masks, social distancing and temperature tests make audiences feel more comfortable returning to venues - and on-the-spot testing won't change that.

Regional venues rail against 'illogical' Tier 3 restrictions

02 Dec 2020

Organisations and local authorities say its unfair and uneconomical to place harsher limits on cultural venues than gyms and hairdressers, as they trumpet their benefits to the nation's health.

Royal Academy of Music students 'feared speaking out' about sexual harassment

24 Nov 2020

A review highlighting shoddy employment practices and a lack of pastoral support doesn't go far enough to change the conservatoire's culture, critics say.

Arts workers' skills bolstered frontline Covid responses

12 Nov 2020

Creativity, compassion, collaboration and a tendency towards efficiency meant arts workers were highly responsive in a time of crisis, councils say.

Culture on referral: tackling the elephants in the room

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05 Nov 2020

Would we still see the same benefits to wellbeing if we took art and culture out of ‘culture on referral’ programmes and sat people in a room together? Dr Robyn Dowlen uncovers gaps in the evidence base. 

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