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.

How healthcare in Wales is embracing the arts

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17 Oct 2019

Dedicated arts and health co-ordinators, together with a commitment to measure impact, are pushing culture into the mainstream of the country’s health policy, writes Nesta Lloyd-Jones.

Working on our terms - not yours

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10 Oct 2019

Jon Adams explains how a Portsmouth-based project aims to become a national hub of excellence led by and for neurodivergent artists.

‘I want to take the emotional risk’: getting men to open up about mental health

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23 Sep 2019

Restoke anticipated difficulties getting local men to talk about their mental wellbeing – then 170 of them responded to its first casting call. Clare Reynolds explains how co-creation helped create lasting change

Think self-care isn’t for you? Think again

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19 Sep 2019

Articulating our individual needs is important for everyone – especially those at the top of organisations, says Suzanne Alleyne.

Your questions answered on ACE's new strategy

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16 Sep 2019

Arts Council England’s policy leads respond to questions on its plans for the next ten years.

How ‘perky’ are you? Why happiness is the key to workplace productivity

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12 Sep 2019

Many workplaces are structured to generate stress, say Evelyn Wilson and Suzie Leighton. But there are simple techniques we can all learn to support better resilience and creativity.

Giving artists a seat at the table

12 Sep 2019

The arts sector needs to stop exploiting skilled practitioners through tokenistic and self-serving community projects, says Charlotte Arculus.

Why we're taking action on mental health

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12 Sep 2019

A new collective is enabling the sector to share insights and ideas to support better mental health and wellbeing, writes Laura Edralin.

Pouring water back in to the well

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27 Jun 2019

Are we serious enough about how we’re feeling and coping at work – from our life–work balance to our ability to maximise our creativity? Carol Jones addresses some common issues.

Shock at closure of specialist dance injury clinic

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25 Jun 2019

The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science says it is disappointed not to have been consulted about the “accelerated” closure, which is likely to cause delays in rehabilitation.

Thinking big about health

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20 Jun 2019

The Hub at Wellcome Collection brings together academics and practitioners to tackle issues like rest and busyness, rare dementias and inclusive research, writes Harriet Martin.

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