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Applications invited for MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health

Queen Mary University of London is inviting applications for its MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health for the academic year 2020-21. The MSc is a partnership between the Drama Department (School of English and Drama) and the Centre for Psychiatry (School of Medicine and Dentistry) at Queen Mary.

Call for papers on arts, creativity and health

Public Health, an international, multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal, has issued a call for papers for a special issue centred around arts creativity and health. Submissions covering original research and reviews are welcomed from across the spectrum of arts and culture to include: performing arts, visual and creative arts, museums, libraries, archives and other types of heritage, such as archaeology and natural heritage, where creative tasks and activities have been invoked to support health and wellbeing.

UK government announces long-awaited arts, culture and heritage coronavirus rescue package

The UK government has announced a £1.57bn rescue package for Britain’s arts, culture and heritage industries, to aid recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

Emergency grants and loans will be made available to thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access.

The package includes:

London gallery launches anti-racism exhibition

The Arts Project, an established gallery space at St Pancras Hospital, has launched A MOMENT OF SILENCE, an online exhibition for all artists to come together and take a stand against racism. The gallery are inviting submissions until 12pm on 10 July 2020. The following guidelines apply:

Report tracking health of arts and culture in England ‘makes for shocking reading’

The National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) has launched its new Arts Index, a snapshot report of the health of England’s arts and culture. The latest edition covers ten years of austerity and reveals how the arts sector’s entrepreneurial response to a decade of decline in public funding, philanthropy and business support is now the very thing that threatens its future.

The report’s key findings include:

Creativity and Wellbeing Week reimagined

We are happy to share that, alongside our partners the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA), we have re-imagined Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2020.

We may not be able to come together in the same way, but we do want to provide a space where people can celebrate the incredible individuals and organisations that work in this sector. 

Culture, Health and Wellbeing: an online training course – ongoing

Created by the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, this course will help you develop, deliver and evaluate the impact of arts and culture on health and wellbeing. The course is entirely online and you can study at your own pace.

It aims to:

Paintings in Hospitals announce new director

The Trustees of Paintings in Hospitals have appointed Sandra Bruce-Gordon as Director of the charity from the end of April 2020 to replace outgoing Director Ben Pearce.

Sandra is a leading figure in the development of arts, cultural and public services across London and will bring to Paintings in Hospitals a wealth of business acumen and a great track record in delivery from over the past 20 years.

The Big Draw announces festival's 20th anniversary theme

Visual literacy charity The Big Draw has announced that its annual festival of creativity will be based around the theme Climate of Change and will be called The Big Green Draw Festival. Marking its 20th anniversary, the festival will focus on the relationship between people and our living environments and ecosystems; highlighting how we live today and the ways in which we do and do not harmonise with nature.

Looking Back Looking Forward

 

January 2020 marks a year of being in the role of Director for London Arts in Health. New Year is always a good time to reflect and look forward and so I thought I would round up some of what I have learnt a year in as well as what I am looking forward to.

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