Researcher and composer Victoria Hume will take up the role at the new advocacy body in July.
An evaluation of a £1m programme connecting arts organisations and care homes found much more needs to be done to extend the reach of quality arts for older people.
27 healthcare providers in the North West have committed to developing a cultural prescription plan for new and expectant mothers to give children the “best start” in life.
Age UK has called on arts organisations to become more accessible to older people, and on national funders to make ‘age-friendly practice’ a requirement of culture funding.
With the Mayflower Theatre recently listed by the Sunday Times as one of the best organisations to work for, Robin Hancox explains the recent workforce initiatives that helped secure the listing.
A call out for evidence seeks submissions on how planning, tax and fundraising reform could support arts organisations to become more sustainable.
Artists need special skills to deliver projects in community settings, including care homes and schools. Evan Dawson explains how Live Music Now supports musicians.
The success of Hull’s year as City of Culture proves the arts have the power to transform lives. Martin Green says it’s time for policy makers to recognise that they are integral to a healthy, happy society.
The national funder will look into appointing arts and health coordinators to each of Wales’ health boards to help broker links.
New research finds listening to music helps tackle anxiety, depression and agitation among people living with dementia, and calls for a dedicated music and dementia task force.
Raquel Meseguer triggered a security alert when she lay on the floor at the Southbank Centre. She shares the work she has been doing ever since to help arts venues become more welcoming to those with chronic pain.
The DCMS is seeking to draw the Government’s attention to culture’s impact on education, health and diversity, and create a new ‘joined up’ strategy.
Group singing is more effective than creative play at tackling depressive symptoms, according to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
When prisoners are actually requesting more arts activities, why are we not giving them what they want, asks Jess Thorpe.
Male prisoners at risk of suicide or self-harm may be apprehensive about signing up for a theatre project, but some finish Geese Theatre Company’s five-day course giddy with pride. Louise Heywood shares the story.
A two-year project across 20% of Welsh care homes found statistically significant improvements to wellbeing and staff perceptions of residents.
As the arts work their magic in so many mysterious ways, how can their impact be fully understood and measured? Matthew Brown wrestles with the concept of social value.
As budgets tighten, many local authorities feel they have little choice but to cut spending on arts and culture. But how is the sector reacting and what should be done to help mitigate the damage? Frances Richens shares the findings of ArtsProfessional’s latest Pulse survey.
New research examines the pressures on musicians’ mental health and wellbeing caused by unpredictable careers, a culture of self-criticism and the lack of time to relax.
The need for a cross-government approach to arts in health – including education reforms – has been highlighted by MPs at a Westminster Hall debate.