Transforming young minds

Two young people in recording studio
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.

Arts and health collaborate on £600k scheme for young people

Rainbow Factory
18 Jan 2017

The new programme is the second collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency.

Evaluation framework to guide arts for health and wellbeing

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13 Jan 2017

Public Health England has issued a new publication to help commissioners gather robust evidence of the effectiveness of arts projects.

How to… plan your first relaxed performance

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22 Dec 2016

Be prepared to make mistakes and consider reaching out to other organisations running relaxed events, says Kate Lovell.

Facing the noisy outside world

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17 Nov 2016

West Yorkshire Playhouse’s commitment to dementia-friendly theatre has enhanced Barney Bardsley faith in humanity. She reveals how it came about.

Benefits of dance for older people not fully appreciated, report says

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11 Nov 2016

Older people’s dance classes encourage long-term engagement, but artists face challenges developing relationships with doctors, a survey has found.

Two out of three music industry workers suffer from depression, survey suggests

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03 Nov 2016

Anti-social hours, lack of pay and exhaustion lead to a ‘profound difficulty’ in sustaining a living in the industry.

Edinburgh theatre to host UK’s first dementia-friendly opera performance

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31 Oct 2016

Sound and lighting will be adjusted and movement between the auditorium and the foyer will be encouraged to welcome people living with dementia to the theatre.

Never too old to dance

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27 Oct 2016

Age shouldn’t be a barrier to dancing or performing, says Vicky Thornton. She shares the story of DANCE SIX-0, a contemporary dance company for the over 60s in Salisbury.

Sourcing the solid evidence

Photo of woman with an instrument in hospital
13 Oct 2016

Looking to measure the impact of their work in hospitals, Air Arts found that pre-existing evaluation methods didn’t work. Laura Waters describes their bespoke approach.

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