Mental health heritage book and DVD launched

‘CoolTan Arts Stays Up LATES’, is a newly published collaborative book and DVD on mental health heritage. The publication is the finale of a year long HLF funded project in which CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle volunteers researched and led a series of guided gallery tours at The Science Museum’s ‘Lates’ evening events.

Launch of CultureCase

Kings College London has launched CultureCase - a new, free-to-use, web resource that aims to put academic research to work in the cultural sector. Made up of carefully selected academic research from universities and scholars around the world the website includes short accessible summaries of academic research that demonstrate the impacts of arts and culture. Its creators hope that it will be a tool for arts organisations to advocate for the value of culture, apply for funding and inform programming, marketing and strategic decision-making.

Public Health Film Society – festival launch

The new Public Health Film Society has launched its 2014 Festival with an event in Oxford. Designed to facilitate discussion and debate about major public health issues the organisers hope the festival will provide a “springboard for action to reduce poverty, improve social inclusion, and provide advocacy for marginalised communities.”


New MAP identity

The MAP Foundation, set up by Michele Angelo Petrone in 2002 has developed a new identity and website The aim is to develop an online community of people who have been affected by cancer including patients, carers, families and friends.  Using the arts as a means of expressing the impact of life threatening illness, initially painting, drawing, photographs, poetry and creative writing they will be able to upload images and share stories  “for every step of their cancer journey” with others.

Who’s Who Guide to the Health Service

Regional Voices, which works to champion the role of voluntary and community organisations to improve health, wellbeing and care across England, has produced a Who’s Who guide to the key people working in health, wellbeing and care in each region.  The guides include relevant people from clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards, Care Quality Commission, NHS England area teams, commissioning support units and local Healthwatch. 

Launch of Sheffield Arts & Wellbeing Network – 2 November

A new Sheffield Arts & Wellbeing Network is being launched with a conference event including keynote speeches from Dan Jarvis MBE, Shadow Minister for Arts & Culture, Alex Coulter, Chair of the National Alliance for Arts & Wellbeing. Open to anyone with an interest in the connections between arts and wellbeing, the network will celebrate and help publicise existing arts and wellbeing initiatives, bring people together to share ideas & resources, and develop new projects.

The Space – until 31 October

The Space is a new, deliberately experimental online service, managed by Arts Council England and developed in partnership with the BBC. It has been designed to give arts and culture organisations the opportunity to experiment and engage with new and existing audiences in an innovative digital environment. This pilot phase will be available from 1 May to 31 October.

New website for Arts and Health

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create, the Irish national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts have launched , the first national independent arts and health website in Ireland.

The website has been developed by Create and WHAT and was initiated and funded by the Irish Arts Council, as part of its new Arts and Health Policy and Strategy published at the end of 2010.

LVSC launches On the Radar database

The online database contains in-depth information about voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver public health services in London.

At present On the Radar mainly contains information about alcohol services. However, drug, mental health, healthy eating, physical activity and many others will gradually be added as the database expands.

To find our more, or to register, visit  w:

Youth Music Launching New Funding Model

Youth Music is making major changes to the way it funds music provision. In order to streamline the application process and maximise the impact of its work on children and young people, the new Youth Music Programme, which launches on 3 November 2011, will consist of three key elements:

A modular structure:

Youth Music's funding will be structured around modules. Each module will focus on an issue or group of children and young people that have been identified as in need of support. Applicants will be eligible to apply for funding for multiple modules.


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