Mayor rallies the arts to demonstrate that London is open

Sadiq Khan has been promoting the LondonIsOpen diversity initiative through International Busking Day – which brought international musicians to events across the UK.

The new #LondonIsOpen campaign seeks 'to spread the message that, following the EU referendum, London remains united, full of creativity and open for business'. 

New art installations for mental health spaces

Hospital Rooms is Grants-for-the-Arts funded initiative from curator Niamh White and artist Tim A. Shaw to install world class artworks in NHS hospital wards around the country. The launch project has been taking place at The Phoenix Unit, a secure psychiatric rehabilitation residential ward in Tooting for up to 18 patients who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia. It brings together prominent artists with specialists from South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

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Growing employment and diversity in creative industries

New government statistics suggest that employment in museums, galleries and libraries may be recovering after a long period of stagnation.

The sector continues to lag behind national averages, but diversity is also beginning to increase - although diversity of employment in music, performing and visual arts is one of the lowest in the creative industries, with only architecture and crafts employing a less diverse workforce.

Lapidus Day (Writing for Wellbeing), University of Chester – 14 May 2016

An opportunity to connect with others interested in writing for wellbeing, through workshops, talks and networking.

Keynote speaker and founding Lapidus member, Cheryl Moskowitz, will offer insight into our writing for wellbeing journeys. The day is hosted by the University of Chester, in their newest riverside campus.

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Creativity and Wellbeing Week deadline this Friday! - 11 March 2016

The deadline for including events in the Creativity and Wellbeing publicity material is this Friday 11 March. There are loads of events already included in the week and in Creativity and Wellbeing Plus and this year’s festival looks set to be the biggest and best yet – so don’t hang about if you are thinking of including a walk or a talk, a show or a debate – all the details are at

Tamalpa training workshops, Scotland & Kent - March 2016

Tamalpa Experience Workshops: Embodied Creativity & Healing

East Lothian, Scotland & Folkestone, Kent - March 2016

2-day intensive workshops designed to give participants an experiential understanding of the Tamalpa process: expressive arts practice which combines dance / movement, visual art and creative writing.

The workshops and trainings are hosted by Tamalpa UK, affiliated with the Tamalpa Institute (TI) California.

Cost: £160 conc. £120

East Lothian, Scotland

Circle Dance in Dementia, London & Wolverhampton - 15 April, 11 May

Discover the potential of Circle Dancing when working with people with memory loss. Learn and practice the skills to provide an activity with therapeutic benefits for people with dementia.

Friday 15 April, Wolverhampton; Wednesday 11 May, London

For full course information, price and details on how to book please click here: Circle Dance in Dementia

Is that all there is? Conference and festival, Birmingham - 9–10 March

A two-day conference and festival highlighting artistic, cultural and creative work with young people with learning disabilities.

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An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s, Plymouth - 2–3 April

Price: From £207 (on-line course cost included)

Location: The House, Plymouth University

This two-day course is offered by the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK and People Dancing in partnership with English National Ballet, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth University.

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Teachers' survey suggests arts, crafts and design falling behind in schools

Last summer’s NSEAD survey of 1,200 teachers and coordinators of arts, craft and design reveals a “significant erosion” in the past five years across four key indicators: curriculum provision, value attached to the subjects, professional development opportunities and wellbeing of art and design teachers.

Opportunities to study art and design are being hit hardest in the state sector, and amongst higher ability students, who are being specifically steered away from arts subjects.


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