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Epic Awards go online

The first ever online Epic Awards will take place on Thursday 22 October at 7pm, to recognise the incredible achievements of volunteer-led creative projects and groups. Twenty-nine shortlisted entries have been put forward for the highly coveted People's Choice Award and winners and runners-up from each of the four main categories (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales) will be selected by the judging panel.

Kids in Museums launch wellbeing resource and museum award

To mark Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2020 the charity Kids in Museums launched a new resource that explores how museums can work with children and families to support their wellbeing, focusing on two case studies from Manchester Museum and the Whitworth.

Enter your nominations for the Epic Awards before 31 May 2020

Since 2010, Voluntary Arts has been shining a spotlight on the achievements of creative groups and projects across the UK and Ireland, in the Epic Awards.

The awards celebrate activity during the previous year, and applications are now open until 31 May 2020. This year's ceremony is currently due to take place in central London on 24 September 2020 (dependent on the circumstances). Further information can be found here and follow @voluntaryarts and #EpicAwards2020 on social media.


Upcoming book explores art therapy in museums and galleries

Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries: Reframing Practice, the first book to explore and evaluate the potential of museum and gallery spaces and partnerships for art therapy, is to be published on 21 February.

Edited by Ali Coles and Helen Jury, the book contains clinical narratives and reflections on art therapy in museums and galleries internationally.  Case studies from around the globe encompass a broad range of client groups, and the collection reviews key literature and research, considering the wider perspectives on how these spaces inform therapeutic practice. 

WHO project on arts and health wins global award

Resources created to promote inclusion in music-making

The Youth Music Network has launched tools and guidance, blogs and case studies to help break down barriers to music-making, created by the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England

Australian report champions the value of a rich cultural life

A report from Australian independent think-tank A New Approach has added to the growing body of evidence that demonstrates the health benefits of arts and culture

Call for contributions to the International Conference Cultural Heritage for Mental Health 2

FARO, Museum Dr. Guislain and Iedereen Leest are teaming up to deliver the second International Conference Cultural Heritage for Mental Health 2 in Belgium on 10-11 December 2020

Nordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health launches

Scandinavian University Press has published the first issue of an open access journal which provides a platform for publication and debate in the interdisciplinary field of arts and culture in healthcare and health promotion. The Nordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health aims to

WHO report releases global evidence on role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing

The World Health Organisation has released a report consolidating global evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on the WHO European Region


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