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

Photo of Opera performance
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

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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.

Museum’s dementia care training to be rolled out across the UK

House of Memories
02 Sep 2016

A pilot programme by National Museums Liverpool has successfully used drama to train health care professionals to support people to live well with dementia.

How to… run wellbeing-boosting arts projects

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02 Sep 2016

Running a successful arts workshop is not easy, but remembering to be pragmatic and as collaborative as possible is key, says Nicky Goulder.

Making its mark

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20 Jul 2016

At Sussex Recovery College, arts-based courses are boosting students’ creativity and self-esteem. Kate Davey reports on this promising new model.

Parliamentary inquiry seeks arts in health examples

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15 Jul 2016

A cross-party group is gathering evidence of the arts improving people’s health and wellbeing for a new study.

Models of practice in arts and commissioning

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30 Jun 2016

From arts on prescription to recovery colleges, there are a range of ways for arts organisations to engage with public service commissioning. Jessica Harris explains exactly how each model works.

Creative arts re-engage prisoners in education, report claims

Prison Door
27 May 2016

Arts projects and performances are hugely popular among prisoners, staff and governors, and should be used to motivate wider learning, according to a new report.

Guide offers blueprint for dementia friendly performances

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18 May 2016

Two years after hosting its first dementia friendly performance, West Yorkshire Playhouse has released a best-practice guide to putting on similar shows.

If I were 22: Katherine Brown

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09 May 2016

Spend some time chilling out in a supermarket car park, arts and health project manager Katherine Brown tells herself at 22.

Effective outcomes for people and communities

Photo of a girl in the Infinity box
05 May 2016

The benefits of commissioners working with the arts sector have been highlighted by pilot schemes in Kent and Gloucestershire. Jessica Harris shares the details.

Report calls for changes to cultural commissioning

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28 Apr 2016

Pilot projects in Kent and Gloucestershire have revealed procurement approaches are leaving arts and cultural organisations at a disadvantage, according to NEF. 

Still invited to the party

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14 Apr 2016

How can you attend a festival if you can’t leave your house? Michael Eades describes a project bringing the festival experience to people with dementia.

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