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Bethlem Gallery and Museum formally opened

Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry formally opened Bethlem Hospital’s new Gallery and Museum space last week.

Oxford’s new Centre for Medical Humanities

Oxford Brookes University has established a new Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH) to expand the work previously conducted through the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society.

The Centre brings historians of medicine together with scholars from History, History of Art, Philosophy, Social and Life Sciences as well as Anthropology and Religion. It thus aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration amongst staff and students through a range of new research and teaching initiatives.

Arts Council Advocacy

Arts Council England has launched an advocacy toolkit for arts organisations. It features a range of guidance for organisations wishing to work with the media and policy-makers to make the case for arts.

w: www.artscouncil.org.uk/toolkit 

BBC launches Get Creative

The BBC has launched Get Creative, a year-long celebration of arts, culture and creativity. Designed to encourage participation in the arts the programme starts with a series of debates about the impacts of the arts.

From digital art to fine art, from design to ballet, from poetry to hip-hop, Get Creative celebrates all forms of art. It has a dedicated website and series of programmes across all BBC platforms.

w: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/sections/get-creative

Directory of health and wellbeing forums in London

An introductory health and wellbeing forum directory for London has been produced to signpost voluntary and community organisations working with a specific focus across the capital.

Produced by LVSC, the directory comprises Health & wellbeing, Equality, faith/interfaith, mental health, BME and LGBT forums and provides a link into specialist expertise in aspects of community health in specific localities.

Dragon Café Celebrates its centenary

South London’s Dragon Café has celebrated its 100th session with a range of special events.

The café, opposite Borough Tube is open every Monday to provide a calming environment to celebrate creativity for people of all mental experience. The café has launched a fundraising campaign to support its ongoing services.

w: http://dragoncafe.co.uk/

Support for commissioning

The Cultural Commissioning Programme (CCP) has issued a call for organisations interested in receiving support to strengthen cultural commissioning.

New home for Bethlem Gallery and Museum of the Mind

The Bethlem Gallery and Museum is moving into a new tailor-made home incorporating a permanent exhibition space, a temporary exhibition space for the Bethlem museum’s collection and a contemporary art exhibition space for artists who have experienced mental difficulties.

The new space, which will be opened in the spring, will house centuries of significant historic artworks and objects together with inspiring contemporary works by current artists and service users. The new building will be open to the public and admission will be free. 

Paintings in Hospitals in South West

Paintings in Hospitals and Fresh Arts, part of North Bristol NHS Trust, have announced a new hub site for South West England.

Cultural park in East London

The government has announced £141m towards the creation of “Olympicopolis”, a culture and education quarter on the Queen Elizabeth Park in east London.

The site will include branches of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and Sadler’s Wells, a dance theatre, alongside campuses for University College London and the University of the Arts London.

The funding was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn statement.

w: National Infrastructure Plan 2014.

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