Guidance on children’s mental wellbeing

A new resource from Public Health England is designed to help local organisations measure the mental wellbeing of children and young peoples. It also recommends drawing on local resources to enhance wellbeing, including through creative, community and physical activities.

US report calls for more research on creativity and the brain

A new National Endowment for the Arts report – How Creativity Works in the Brain – has called for a large-scale, multidisciplinary study into the nature of creativity, integrating the insights of neurobiologists, psychologists, artists, and educators.

Symposium on Singing and Song, Canada – 1–4 October 2015

Four days of keynote and delegate presentations, workshops, lecture-recitals, rehearsals, panel workshops and roundtable dialogues, concerts and social and networking events.

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada

October 1-4, 2015

To register, visit

w: https://conf.stuaff.mun.ca/getdemo.ei?id=59&s=_3CG0TX73X

Preview, Art for Youth exhibition, London – 5 October 2015

HRH Princess Anne will attend the preview night for the 28th annual Art for Youth London exhibition on Monday 5 October 2015 at the Mall Galleries, London. The Art for Youth London exhibition raises funds to supporting the work of UK Youth.

The exhibition is free to attend and runs from 6 to 9 October.

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Koestler Awards, London – 1 October 2015

'Re:Form' is the official opening of the 2015 Koestler Awards, the national showcase of arts by prisoners, offenders on community sentences, secure psychiatric patients and immigration detainees. Working alongside Southbank Centre exhibition hosts, to welcome visitors and invigilate the exhibition, are ex-offenders, specially recruited, trained and employed by the Koestler Trust.

New research network set up to build evidence on multiple and complex needs

Revolving Doors and LankellyChase Foundation are launching a new research network, bringing together researchers from different disciplines and sectors, such as homelessness, criminology, psychology and health. The network aims to develop the evidence-base on multiple and complex needs, or severe and multiple disadvantage.

It will encourage collaboration across professional boundaries to study different aspects of the issue, and seek to bridge the gap between research and practice by promoting ways of improving service delivery and by involving people with direct experience.

Cost of training a barrier to artists’ development

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s ArtWorks’ initiative has published a survey of almost 1,000 UK-based artists suggesting that financial pressures are making access to training and development opportunities. Artists expressed their willingness to pay for their own training, but suggested that commissioners should do more to share this cost.

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Russian UNESCO collaboration to study the role of culture in sustainable development

The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design is set to partner with UNESCO to conduct a study on the role of culture in the sustainable development of cities in 11 countries of the former Soviet Union.

Significant Government review of arts impacts on health

The DCMS has produced two major reviews of the evidence for arts impacting on health and wellbeing. The independent reviews report a “compelling” evidence base for the role of the arts which “justify policy interventions with public funding”.

Art may delay onset of dementia

New research indicates that people who participate in arts and craft activities in middle and old age may delay the development in very old age of the cognitive problems that often lead to dementia. Those engaged in the arts in middle age are up to 73% less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment than others.


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