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.

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People Dancing

The Foundation for Community Dance which supports and encourages participation in dance has changed its name to People Dancing

Contact details and branding etc will be changing over the coming months.


Suttie Arts Space

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary has just opened a purpose-built gallery and performance space in its new building. The Suttie Arts Space is believed to be the first dedicated arts space to be created for an acute hospital.

The space – which is opening this week – is built into the main hospital building and is the result of a long-standing collaboration between NHS Grampian and Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT).


What Works Centre for Wellbeing

A new and independent What Works Centre for Wellbeing has been launched in Bristol. It is the latest addition to the ‘What Works Network’, which was launched by the Government last year to improve public services through evidence-based policy and practice. The launch has been accompanied by a research programme looking into the impact of culture and other policy areas on wellbeing.

The ‘What Works Centre for Wellbeing’ has initial funding of more than £3.5m over 3 years, with in-kind resourcing and the support of the following founding partners:

Health and Wellbeing Boards' local priorities

The Local Government Association has recently made available a new resource showing the priorities that have been identified by Health and Wellbeing Boards across the country.
The searchable resource enables people to select different priorities (eg dementia, children, etc) and highlight areas nationally which are working on that priority area. It also includes local health and wellbeing strategies, and data about local population health.

Anxiety Festival launches

The Anxiety Arts Festival has unveiled its programme with over 80 events taking place in London throughout June. Anxiety 2014 is a new London-wide arts festival, curated by the Mental Health Foundation and taking place throughout June. The festival explores anxiety, looking at its causes, how it affects all of our lives, and how it can act as a creative force. It brings together leading and emerging artists to address anxiety from different angles: from medical, social and historical perspectives to individual, collective and contemporary viewpoints.

Mosaic launch

Mosaic is a new digital publication designed to highlight different ways that aspects of current research and development in biology and medicine impact on health and society. Produced by the Wellcome Trust, the weekly e-bulletin will aim to highlight current trends in life sciences in an accessible and easily shared format. It is free to subscribe to Mosaic.


New tool to link environment and health

Imperial College London has launched a new environment and health atlas for England and Wales to provide interactive maps showing the links between health and environmental factors. The maps show geographical variations for 14 different health conditions alongside environmental factors. They have been developed as a resource for the public, researchers and anyone working in public health and policy to better understand the geographic distribution of environmental agents and health conditions in England and Wales.


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