New arts awards launched to support local councils

The shortlist is now available for the Hearts for the Arts prize, developed by the National Campaign for the Arts and What Next? to celebrate councils and councillors who are overcoming economic challenges to keep the arts at the centre of their communities.

Nominations were received for awards in four categories: Best Local Authority Arts Initiative, Best Local Authority Arts Champion – Councillor, Best Local Authority Arts Champion – Officer, and Best Local Authority Arts Project encouraging community cohesion.

Awards available for arts therapies

The 2017 Advancing Healthcare Awards has introduced a category for innovation in mental health services which aims to recognise the work of music, art and dramatherapists.

The awards are now in their 11th year and support the work of Allied Health Professionals and Health Researchers from the UK. The deadline for entries is 13 January 2017.

RSPH arts and health award

Ground-breaking projects have evaluated the impacts of group drumming for the wellbeing of people affected by mental health issues, the value of community singing for people affected by cancer, and musical activities in addressing post-natal depression and the role of music and arts in dementia care.

Running since 2010, its ambitious programme of work has rigorously explored how active engagement with the arts can support and enhance mental and physical health in community and NHS settings.

Arts Awards for Councils

What Next? and the National Campaign for the Arts have joined forces to launch the Hearts for the Arts Awards, a new initiative to reward and thank Councils, Councillors and Council officers who are overcoming financial challenges to ensure the arts stay at the centre of community life.

GSK Impact Awards - deadline 21 September 2016

The GSK IMPACT Awards recognise and reward charities that are working to improve people’s health.

Winners receive a range of benefits, including up to £40,000 in unrestricted funding and free places on a development programme hosted by The King's Fund.

Digital Arts & Creative Ageing – stage 1 deadline 16 August

The Nominet Trust and The Baring Foundation have launched a £500,000 fund for digital approaches to engaging older people in the creative arts – from painting and sculpture to singing and drama.

"The Digital Arts and Creative Ageing programme will offer forward thinking organisations the chance to receive grant funding of up to £90,000, plus business support to scale existing creative arts services. Successful applicants will demonstrate how digital tech is being used effectively as a medium or tool to engage the over 65s in the creative arts.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind shortlisted for museum of the year

The five-strong Art Fund shortlist of museums of the year includes the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, dedicated to the history of mental healthcare and treatment. The V&A is also on the shortlist.

The Art Fund awards the Museum of the Year prize annually to one outstanding museum, which has shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement. The prize of £100,000 will be awarded at the Natural History Museum on Wednesday 6 July 2016 before an invited audience of the UK’s museum and cultural leaders. Last year’s winner was the Whitworth in Manchester.

European Healthcare Design Awards – submissions deadline 28 April 2016

The inaugural European Healthcare Design Awards 2016 comprise ten categories across primary, secondary and tertiary levels of international healthcare provision and delivery. They will be evaluated by some of the world's leading researchers and practitioners in healthcare design.

Celebrating the cream of healthcare design projects worldwide, the awards will help set a benchmark from which to advance standards in the creation of healthcare environments that support new systems of care delivery and the implementation of design innovations.

Government pledges new funding for mental health

Some £900m has been pledged to support community interventions in mental health focused on maternity services and adolescent eating disorders.

The funding is linked to waiting time targets and include a commitment to improve the provision of community services across England for people experiencing mental ill-health.

Proposals include:

£290m over the next 5 years to provide mental healthcare for ante-natal services and new mothers

£247m on liaison mental health services in emergency departments

£400m to enable community services

European Healthcare Design Congress – 27 June 2016

The second European Healthcare Design 2016 Congress & Exhibition will be held from 27-28 June, 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians in London, UK.


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