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Arts Council England updates on Brexit

ACE has commissioned two surveys of culture sector organisations as well as a study of EU funding for culture in England.

Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre launched

A consortium of university and industry partners led by Nesta will be deliverying a new policy and evidence centre (PEC) as part of the UK's Creative Industries Clusters Programme. The PEC is being designed to support policy decisions relating to the creative industries. Industry partners include the Creative Industries Federation, the British Film Institute, Creative England and Tech Nation.

The consortium also includes:

NHS long-term plan launched

The NHS long-term plan has been launched by NHS England, endorsed by government. The plan demands a repeal of parts of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, which the Prime Minister has also acknowledged has proved damaging to the health service.

New network to create opportunities for Deaf and disabled musicians

Attitude is Everything (AIE) is creating a new network to connect musicians with access requirements, and help them to secure fundraising and showcasing opportunities. The network will be informed by the Next Stage Survey, which looks at the experiences of Deaf and disabled musicians, including questions on rehearsing, making arts funding applications, recording in the studio, and performing live shows. 

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64 Million Artists January challenge

This is the fifth year of the Challenge, which provides a quick creative challenge each day across January, sent by email.  Last year over 7,500 people took part and over 90% said that the challenge had a positive impact on their wellbeing.

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ONS report reveals breadth of loneliness in young people

The Health Foundation has expressed concern about the Office of National Statistics' new figures concerning loneliness amongst young people. The Foundation says that "loneliness is a key risk factor for the future health of young people". The ONS report based on data from 2016 and 2017 has revealed that younger adults (aged 16-24) reported more loneliness than older adults.

Call for devolution of lottery spending controls

The movement for cultural democracy has called for a restructuring of the distribution of money raised through the national lottery to better reflect where the money is spent by players. 

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Call for contributions: Cultures of Health and Wellbeing – 21-22 March 2019

The conference is aimed at those working with the arts/heritage/creativity and health/wellbeing - or interested in learning more about this work. It will be an opportunity to explore the particular challenges and opportunities presented by a time of unprecedented growth and political and public interest in the field.

Arts Council England research report on health, wellbeing and criminal justice published

ACE has produced a new comprehensive report to support the process of developing its ten-year strategy. The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance has also published guidance for responding to the strategy.

Read the report here, via a blog from ACE Health & Wellbeing lead, John McMahon

Access the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance guidance here

Creativity and Wellbeing Week is going national!

London Arts in Health Forum and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance are working together to expand Creativity and Wellbeing Week into a national event, building on its enormous success across London. Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2019 will run from 10-16 June 2019.

Now in its eighth year, Creativity and Wellbeing Week has grown to nearly 350 events in London in 2018, with over 35,000 people attending talks, workshops, performances, exhibitions and discussions.

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