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A cross-party group is gathering evidence of the arts improving people’s health and wellbeing for a new study.
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.
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.
Two years after hosting its first dementia friendly performance, West Yorkshire Playhouse has released a best-practice guide to putting on similar shows.
Spend some time chilling out in a supermarket car park, arts and health project manager Katherine Brown tells herself at 22.
The benefits of commissioners working with the arts sector have been highlighted by pilot schemes in Kent and Gloucestershire. Jessica Harris shares the details.
Pilot projects in Kent and Gloucestershire have revealed procurement approaches are leaving arts and cultural organisations at a disadvantage, according to NEF.
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.
Addiction isn’t easy to treat, but could a whole person approach that uses the arts help? Emma Drew makes the case.
Dance offers older people many physical and social benefits, but performing to an audience makes the greatest impact on wellbeing, believes Jemma Bicknell.
Jane Rich reveals how Cambridge Community Arts creates unexpected joy through its creative courses that leave mental health at the door.
Struck down with depression, international singer and songwriter Rhoda Dakar reveals how volunteering on a music project helped her to take back control.
In Birmingham, craft projects are not only helping young people learn new skills but giving their self-confidence and resilience a boost. Deirdre Buckley explains how.
The arts and health may have been officially coupled with the launch of a new evaluation framework, but will they ever be comfortable bedfellows? Frances Williams has her doubts.
How can arts organisations present their offer more effectively to public service commissioners? Five pilot consortia have been working to do just that and Jessica Harris reports on what they’ve learned.
Spending time in the great outdoors is proven to boost wellbeing, but how can the arts encourage people to do it? Nicky Goulder describes one project that is doing just that.
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.
Could paintbrushes, violins and even magic wands soon be crucial tools for medical professionals? Yvonne Farquharson hopes so.
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.