Arts Council England joins forces with Heritage Lottery Foundation to support museums

A new memorandum of understanding has been signed by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Foundation to support recommendations from the Mendoza Review - which states that the challenges faced by museums require a more joined-up approach between DCMS, Arts Council England and HLF.

The two organisations have said that they will

Social Prescribing: Coming of age – 6 November 2018

With social prescribing high on the new Secretary of State for Health's agenda, the 2nd International Social Prescribing Network Conference will look at implementation and measurement, as well as the impact we already know about on patients.

Creative Clusters launched to protect future of UK culture

The Arts and Humanities Research Council is funding the development of nine "creative clusters" across the country, and a new Policy and Evidence Centre led by NESTA. Part of the government's Industrial Strategy, the clusters and Centre will be research and development hubs to bring universities and the creative industries together to support the cultural sector.

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Facing the Future

To kick-start the autumn, LAHF has commissioned a series of blogs about the future of arts and health which we will be publishing daily over the next 2 weeks. The blogs, from leading practitioners working across the spectrum of creativity and wellbeing ask where this work is heading and what challenges and opportunities might open up in the year ahead. The blog series will begin on Monday 10th September and a new blog will be published each weekday until 21st September.

Campaign to End Loneliness conference, London – 9 October 2018

“Be More Us: Belonging and Community” is the Campaign’s 4th annual conference and seeks to celebrate, showcase, and explore the role of culture, sport and the arts in tackling loneliness.

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Arts Council Corporate Plan

The Arts Council’s new corporate plan includes a number of changes to increase support for socially engaged arts practice and a specific change to the Creative People and Places programme to incorporate arts and health activity. This is accompanied by £17m new investment in the programme.

Civil Society Consultation

The Government has launched a consultation on civil society to find out how it can better support communities, charities and business to improve the lives of everyone in society. The consultation is inviting ideas on how Government can work with organisations to improve communities, build stronger public services and support individuals.

Integrated Communities Consultation

The Government has published proposals for legislation to improve community integration which includes advocating the role of culture in community wellbeing. It is running a consultation to seek people’s views on the best way to generate community cohesion.

The draft strategy references the role the Creative People and Places programme has had on community cohesion and improving wellbeing. The consultation runs until 5 June 2018.

Cultures of quality in healthcare

The King’s Fund has produced a report exploring key ways that NHS providers can embed quality improvement into their activity ensuring positive changes to the way their organisations support patients.

Creative Industries Federation criticizes lack of detail over Brexit

The CIF has joined criticisms of the Prime Minister’s conference speech for failing to provide the detail to reassure British businesses “that the government has a grip on the Brexit process”. The Federation also highlights the creative industries’ concern at the “consistent failure to prioritise the education and skills needs of the sector” and the two main parties failure to address the need to retain and attract international artists after Brexit.


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