Arts organisations tell parliament about social impact of culture

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22 Jun 2018

The first evidence session of a parliamentary inquiry has been accompanied by the release of 235 pieces of written evidence.

New 24-hour helpline for theatre professionals

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14 Jun 2018

The email and phone service, set up by Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, will offer support on health and wellbeing issues.

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance appoints first Director

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18 May 2018

Researcher and composer Victoria Hume will take up the role at the new advocacy body in July.

Arts help deliver person-centred care for older people

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11 May 2018

An evaluation of a £1m programme connecting arts organisations and care homes found much more needs to be done to extend the reach of quality arts for older people.

Doctors move closer to unified plan for arts on prescription

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04 May 2018

27 healthcare providers in the North West have committed to developing a cultural prescription plan for new and expectant mothers to give children the “best start” in life.

Arts are best way to boost wellbeing in later life

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04 May 2018

Age UK has called on arts organisations to become more accessible to older people, and on national funders to make ‘age-friendly practice’ a requirement of culture funding.

A happy workforce

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19 Apr 2018

With the Mayflower Theatre recently listed by the Sunday Times as one of the best organisations to work for, Robin Hancox explains the recent workforce initiatives that helped secure the listing.

UK arts councils launch cultural cities enquiry

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18 Apr 2018

A call out for evidence seeks submissions on how planning, tax and fundraising reform could support arts organisations to become more sustainable.

Preparing the participatory arts workforce

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12 Apr 2018

Artists need special skills to deliver projects in community settings, including care homes and schools. Evan Dawson explains how Live Music Now supports musicians.

The art of changing lives

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29 Mar 2018

The success of Hull’s year as City of Culture proves the arts have the power to transform lives. Martin Green says it’s time for policy makers to recognise that they are integral to a healthy, happy society.

Arts Council of Wales to deepen links between NHS and arts

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23 Mar 2018

The national funder will look into appointing arts and health coordinators to each of Wales’ health boards to help broker links.

People with dementia need ‘universal access to music’, report says

31 Jan 2018

New research finds listening to music helps tackle anxiety, depression and agitation among people living with dementia, and calls for a dedicated music and dementia task force.

I may be lying down but I'm not lazy

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25 Jan 2018

Raquel Meseguer triggered a security alert when she lay on the floor at the Southbank Centre. She shares the work she has been doing ever since to help arts venues become more welcoming to those with chronic pain.

Parliament to investigate social impact of participating in culture

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18 Jan 2018

The DCMS is seeking to draw the Government’s attention to culture’s impact on education, health and diversity, and create a new ‘joined up’ strategy.

Singing helps mothers recover from postnatal depression

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12 Jan 2018

Group singing is more effective than creative play at tackling depressive symptoms, according to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Why there should be more art in prisons

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14 Dec 2017

When prisoners are actually requesting more arts activities, why are we not giving them what they want, asks Jess Thorpe.

A challenging but manageable journey

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14 Dec 2017

Male prisoners at risk of suicide or self-harm may be apprehensive about signing up for a theatre project, but some finish Geese Theatre Company’s five-day course giddy with pride. Louise Heywood shares the story.

Participatory arts projects empower care home residents

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06 Dec 2017

A two-year project across 20% of Welsh care homes found statistically significant improvements to wellbeing and staff perceptions of residents.

How can we best measure social value?

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05 Dec 2017

As the arts work their magic in so many mysterious ways, how can their impact be fully understood and measured? Matthew Brown wrestles with the concept of social value.

Pulse report: Local authority arts funding – what should be done?

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18 Oct 2017

As budgets tighten, many local authorities feel they have little choice but to cut spending on arts and culture. But how is the sector reacting and what should be done to help mitigate the damage? Frances Richens shares the findings of ArtsProfessional’s latest Pulse survey.

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