Boost for arts in health as MPs commit to cause

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22 Jan 2016

A two-year inquiry will result in the publication of policy proposals, with the hope of seeing the arts become more valued as contributors to health.

A magical approach to healthcare

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17 Dec 2015

Could paintbrushes, violins and even magic wands soon be crucial tools for medical professionals? Yvonne Farquharson hopes so.

Research leads to evaluation framework for arts and health

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23 Nov 2015

Advice and resources to help arts and health professionals conduct more robust and credible evaluations of their work are being made more widely available through a new website.

Culture associated with ‘happiness’, DCMS analysis reveals

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12 Nov 2015

Those who attend the arts report significantly higher levels of happiness than those who don’t, but the opposite is true for those who visit libraries.

Prescribing the arts for better health

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05 Nov 2015

What are the opportunities for arts organisations interested in delivering ‘on prescription’ schemes? And do they outweigh the challenges? Jessica Harris investigates.

Local investment for local engagement

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20 Oct 2015

Want society to reap the health benefits of arts engagement? Stop directing so much funding to major organisations – these outcomes will only ever be a secondary objective for them, argues Peter Stark.

Reimagining education

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19 Oct 2015

England has some of the unhappiest schoolchildren in the world. But Paul Collard believes bringing artists into the classroom may help change that. 

In Harmony programme remains popular but research is inconclusive

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09 Oct 2015

The second year report on the In Harmony initiative finds positive engagement but a lack of conclusive data about the success of the programme.

Learning for real

28 Sep 2015

Working with partner universities in Barcelona and Warsaw proved to Janet Hetherington that practical training is key to a rich, collaborative learning environment.

Learning for the future

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24 Sep 2015

Caroline O’Neill explains why a project using the arts to improve the lives of looked after children and adults with dementia, across four local authorities in South Wales, was so successful.

Adding years to life – and life to years

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17 Sep 2015

When will all commissioners recognise that activities like dancing and singing help maintain older people’s quality of life and independence, asks Jessica Harris.

UK’s live production industry sets sustainability goals

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11 Sep 2015

The Sustainability in Production Alliance has outlined ten social, environmental and economic sustainability goals for the UK’s live production sector to achieve within the next ten years.

Policies for the people

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16 Jul 2015

What would our public services look like if we used wellbeing evidence to inform policy-making? There would surely be more room for arts and culture, says Jessica Harris.

Getting granny into Gormley

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25 Jun 2015

Is it worth explaining conceptual contemporary art to ‘old age’ pensioners? Anna Goulding’s research suggests it might be.

Education for a changing world

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25 Jun 2015

Undervaluing the arts will leave young people playing catch-up in a world where creative innovation will be the most highly valued skill, says Pol MacCaba.

The arts effect

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18 Jun 2015

Do arts projects in schools boost pupils’ health and wellbeing? Ros McLellan finds the current evidence positive, but says more persuasive research is needed.

Commissioning art for hospitals

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11 Jun 2015

Jane Willis gives advice on how to approach public art projects in healthcare settings so that everyone – patients, staff and artists – benefits.

Measuring the impact of dance

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26 May 2015

The debate about how to evaluate arts in health projects is being furthered by a new dance programme for people with Parkinson’s disease, says Sara Houston.

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