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

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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

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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.

Art and the whole person

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17 Mar 2016

Addiction isn’t easy to treat, but could a whole person approach that uses the arts help? Emma Drew makes the case. 

The power of performance

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10 Mar 2016

Dance offers older people many physical and social benefits, but performing to an audience makes the greatest impact on wellbeing, believes Jemma Bicknell.

Life-saving courses

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10 Mar 2016

Jane Rich reveals how Cambridge Community Arts creates unexpected joy through its creative courses that leave mental health at the door.

The reins back in my hands

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10 Mar 2016

Struck down with depression, international singer and songwriter Rhoda Dakar reveals how volunteering on a music project helped her to take back control.

Making a difference

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10 Mar 2016

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.

A joyful union?

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10 Mar 2016

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.

Developing a narrative for people, communities and place

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03 Mar 2016

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. 

The arts in green spaces

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02 Feb 2016

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. 

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.


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