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.

Drama school to close after review reveals courses ‘pushed students to the edge’

12 Mar 2020

The death of a student, significant mental health issues and a "clear and worrying picture" of conflict are behind plans to close Drama Centre London.

Self care: a life jacket in a crisis

26 Mar 2020

How do arts organisations and individuals cope when what we do so instinctively is threatened? Lead the way and self care says Suzanne Alleyne.

Creative conversations to start the day

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26 Mar 2020

How do you keep connected in our Covid-19 world? #CreativeNetwork is a chance to talk about creative responses to enforced separation – and drink coffee together. Jemma Neville explains. 

The arts and mental health: a vibrant field flying under the radar

18 Mar 2020

David Cutler explains why the Baring Foundation will be supporting this flourishing yet sometimes precarious area of work in a major new funding programme.

The show must go on? Increasing cancellations due to Covid-19

13 Mar 2020

Sector bodies have thanked audiences for continuing to attend shows as a growing number of performances, tours and events are cancelled and postponed.

Process, pay and ping-pong: what the arts can learn from corporate business

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05 Mar 2020

If arts leaders refuse to invest in their staff, do their organisations really deserve to survive? Alex Marshall calls for more support for the sector's workforce.

It’s true: courage is contagious

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27 Feb 2020

We need to find ways to support – and hear – honest, respectful difference of opinion. That’s why we’re launching We Hear You, says Amanda Parker.

Coventry 2021: a lot more than a party

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13 Feb 2020

The city has no intention of shirking difficult challenges in its year as UK City of Culture, writes Chenine Bhathena.

Creative wellbeing for the Windrush generation

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13 Feb 2020

Pauline Bailey looks back on a project that developed social confidence and artistic expression among Birmingham's BAME elders.

We don’t celebrate alcoholism, so why are we thanking Lottery players?

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06 Feb 2020

Our sector relies on the National Lottery for over a third of its public investment in a country where almost half a million people have a serious problem with gambling. It’s time we re-examined our attitudes towards it, says Adam Pushkin.

Want justice for arts freelancers? Just ask a pirate

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30 Jan 2020

Looking for role models who are fleet of foot, democratic, and full of creative flair? Look no further than the Golden Age Pirates, says Sarah Shead.

Arts and dementia work failing to reach South Asian communities

16 Jan 2020

There is “an urgent need” for funders and arts organisations to develop more culturally appropriate approaches, says a new report.

Caring for the carers

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02 Jan 2020

Providing opportunities for creativity shouldn’t be at the expense of the person delivering them. It’s time to pay attention to the needs of creative practitioners, says Nicola Naismith.

AP's end of year quiz

13 Dec 2019

Arts numpty? Or sector swot? Test your team's knowledge with ArtsProfessional's light-hearted look at the year's news... 

Classical music must face up to abuse

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06 Dec 2019

Harassment will continue until institutions are willing to take difficult decisions, says Jonathan Knott.

Making sense of Grenfell through art

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05 Dec 2019

Susan Rudnik explains how a community-led art psychotherapy service is helping those affected by the trauma of the Grenfell Tower fire to start processing what happened.

£2m study into ‘scaling up’ arts and health interventions

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01 Nov 2019

A research team of artists, scientists and clinicians will investigate “the impact and scalability of arts interventions” on the physical and mental health of more than 800 patients.

‘Thank you for encouraging me to express myself’: how the arts are supporting mental health in schools

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24 Oct 2019

Two secondary schools in the North East have used the creative arts to help students explore their emotions, reports Elvie Thompson.

Ageing artfully

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17 Oct 2019

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

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