Launch

Launch of world's largest study into impact of arts on health

King’s College London and UCL have launched the world’s largest ever study into the impact and scalability of arts interventions on physical and mental health

The Arts for Every Child: briefing paper released

New magazine, The Cancer Hive

The Cancer Hive is a magazine for anyone affected by cancer. It explores stories, thoughts, wisdom and advice from people who have been there, but uses artistic and creative methods to be more inclusive, visual and engaging.

It is co-directed and co-edited by Fruit Fly Collective and the cancer community to help change the conversations around cancer, making it less of a taboo, whilst providing support to those who are living with it.

New arts and heritage app launched for people with dementia

Armchair Gallery has been designed to give people with dementia the opportunity to experience cultural collections from the comfort of their own home; it is available on both iOS and Android from the usual stores.

The app showcases artworks and artefacts from the collections of seven venues: Chatsworth House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Lowry, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pitt Rivers Museum, Mr Straw’s House and Newstead Abbey.

New Zealand Bids for Arts on Prescription

The New Zealand Arts Council has proposed establishing a national arts on prescription scheme for people with poor mental health.

In a submission to the national Government’s review on mental health, Creative New Zealand proposed establishing a formal arts on prescription scheme nationally. The country established a “green” prescription scheme in 2004.

Diploma in Leading Dance for Older People

Green Candle Dance has launched a Level 3 OCNLR course for Dancers, Dance Teachers, Carers, Care Home workers, Occupational Therapists, or anyone working with older people or in community dance.

This in depth course aims to deliver an understanding of how to lead safe, effective and enjoyable dance and movement work with older people.

Dance education videos

Akademi releases twenty-five free educational videos to aid dance practitioners planning South Asian inspired dance workshops for older adults.

The videos show professional dance artists providing examples of exercises that can be used when teaching dance movement to older adults. These resources, filmed by James Williams, stem from the Dance Well Resource book that was published in 2017 and distributed to over 100 dance artists, health professionals and activities coordinators.

Music map for London

The Mayor of London has produced a map of music facilities across the city.

National Disability Arts Collection and Archive

A new £1m digital archive chronicling the history of disability arts in the UK has been launched.

Innovating for Improvement

The Health Foundation has announced a £1.7m fund to support up to 23 clinical teams to test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to improve health and social care delivery in the UK. It is particularly interested in applications focusing on the physical and mental wellbeing of staff, improving team working and relationships, or using technology and automation to address workforce challenges.

The deadline for applications is 9th July. Find out more here

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