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Lost Arts website highlights arts cuts

A new website, Lost Arts, has been set up by a consortium of trades unions to monitor cuts to the arts. The website is the joint initiative of the MU, Equity, BECTU, the Writers Guild of Great Britain, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), UNITE, Prospect and PCS, whose members will be directly affected by cuts to the arts. The website will show, on a day by day basis, the accumulating amount of arts funding that the nation could be losing forever.

The Relationship between Quilting and Wellbeing

Researchers from the University of Glasgow have published their findings about the relationship between creative craft hobbies and wellbeing in the general population.

The findings illustrate how creative craft hobbies such as quilting can be a meaningful vehicle for enhancing wellbeing and sets the foundation for further research into creativity, creative hobbies and hobbies in general.

New 2011 Health Profiles are now available

Health Profiles is the Department of Health’s programme to improve availability and accessibility to heath and health-related information in England. They give a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England. Health Profiles are produced annually by the Public Health Observatories in England working in partnership and are commissioned by the Department of Health. The latest profiles available are 2011 Local Authority and County profiles.

Your Paintings website launched

Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation and participating collections and museums from across the UK which is working to document and publicise some of the paintings held in public collections. 200,000 publicly owned oil paintings are held in institutions ranging from museums to town halls, universities, hospitals and even  a nuclear fallout shelter and 63,000 have been digitised so far.

Norwegian study discovers evidence that culture may improve health

The aim of this study was to analyse the association between cultural activity and perceived health, anxiety, depression and satisfaction with life in both genders. The study is based on the third population-based Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (2006–2008), including 50,797 adult participants from Nord-Trøndelag County, Norway. Data on cultural activities, both receptive and creative, perceived health, anxiety, depression and satisfaction with life were collected by questionnaires.

“Creative Approaches in Dementia Care“

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, and edited by Hilary Lee and Trevor Adams, this book offers “a practical introduction to the use of the arts in dementia care. Based on experience, the book provides clear guidance on how to employ a variety of innovative techniques including art, music and dance therapies, to promote the physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing of people with dementia.”

Available online from http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=356205

King’s Fund, Mental Health Conference presentations now available

Presentations from mental health experts at the King’s Fund’s recent conference exploring the role of mental health services in improving care for long-term conditions.

Earlyarts Map

Earlyarts has launched a new networking tool to help connect creative early years practice across the world. Each marker on the Earlyarts Map features the details of an arts or early years practitioner or organisation registered with Earlyarts, a link to their website and a case study of their practice.

Everyone working creatively with young children is welcome to put themselves on the map by registering with earlyarts.co.uk, free of charge. If you are already registered with Earlyarts simply log in and opt-in or opt-out.

“One Love” Video by Raw Sound System

During the last 12 months Key Changes has been delivering a project in Brixton, South London in partnership with Raw Material, Lambeth Early Onset (South London and Maudsely NHS Foundation Trust) and Youth Music 

“Whose Cake is it Anyway?” Paul Hamlyn Foundation

In 2009, Paul Hamlyn Foundation commissioned Dr. Bernadette Lynch to work with a study group of 12 museums and their community partners across the UK, to gauge the real nature and effectiveness of the engagement practices of museums and galleries. Lynch recommends that participation must be embedded at the core of an organisation, rather than being run as a series of short-term, stand-alone projects.

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