Arts Council and NHS join forces to support creativity in Wales

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06 Oct 2017

The two organisations have signed a three-year agreement to work together to raise awareness about the health benefits of arts participation.

New £500k dance project to tackle inactivity in older people

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06 Oct 2017

The project marks a change in strategy for funder Sport England, which had signalled its willingness to consider how dance could tackle inactivity.

24/7 mental health service for musicians a world-first

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25 Jul 2017

Help Musicians UK’s service will go live later this year and offer listening, advice, medical and welfare support to anyone working in music.

Trainee doctors should study impact of arts on health, inquiry says

Older people dancing
21 Jul 2017

A cross-party parliamentary report says it is “time to recognise the powerful contribution the arts can make to health and wellbeing”.

1 in 3 professional musicians have suffered from an eating disorder

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18 Jul 2017

Musicians responding to a major new study reported severe levels of stress and depression, and extremely severe levels of anxiety.

Escape from hospital stress

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15 Jun 2017

Bedside theatre performances in hospitals are helping children escape from stress and anxiety. Persephone Sextou explains the work of a scheme currently operating in the Midlands.

Healthcare provider to prescribe reading, dancing and singing

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16 May 2017

Halton CCG’s manifesto for wellbeing commits the organisation to commissioning cultural activity, which it says can support wellbeing in ways that other methods cannot.

£2.3m to expand dance-based health initiative

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11 May 2017

1,000 older people will benefit from the extension of a ‘Dance to Health’ programme involving arts partners including Yorkshire Dance and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Transforming young minds

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11 May 2017

Music-making sessions for young people with mental health issues have had a recognised impact, and commissioning an independent evaluation has enabled the knowledge and experiences gained to be shared, explains Miriam Steiner.

Wales begins arts and health mapping exercise

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21 Apr 2017

A new survey will inform how the Arts Council of Wales encourages the arts sector to make a greater contribution to health and wellbeing.

My Gurus – Avril Hitman

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17 Apr 2017

As she prepares to step down from the company she founded over 30 years ago, Avril Hitman reflects on her career at the forefront of inclusive dance.

National dance bodies join forces to tackle inactivity

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24 Mar 2017

A strategic collaboration between One Dance UK and People Dancing will focus first on encouraging primary schools to spend more on high quality dance.

From street lights to stage lights

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23 Mar 2017

Drama can boost the wellbeing of homeless people, but engaging them is not without challenges. Jon Randall shares his experiences producing and touring theatre with Lancaster’s homeless community.

Dancers can deliver effective healthcare programmes, report finds

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03 Mar 2017

Aesop’s falls-prevention classes were both an enjoyable artistic challenge and faithful to their healthcare objectives.

£3m to engage older people in the arts

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02 Mar 2017

16 cultural organisations have been awarded funding by Arts Council England to create work for and with people over 75 years old.

A career path for creative facilitators

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23 Feb 2017

The work that artists do in education, health and social care settings has long been undervalued, but Nick Ponsillo is hopeful that changes are on their way.

Emotional responses to music

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16 Feb 2017

Manchester Camerata’s work with people with dementia recently took its musicians to Tokyo to deliver training. Lucy Geddes reveals what they shared and what they learned.

A community of equals

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19 Jan 2017

Firmly held core values and an awareness of potentially excluding behaviour have been key to the success of Pallant House Gallery’s community work, says Sandra Peaty.

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