64 Million Artists January challenge

This is the fifth year of the Challenge, which provides a quick creative challenge each day across January, sent by email.  Last year over 7,500 people took part and over 90% said that the challenge had a positive impact on their wellbeing.

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Arts Council England research report on health, wellbeing and criminal justice published

ACE has produced a new comprehensive report to support the process of developing its ten-year strategy. The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance has also published guidance for responding to the strategy.

Read the report here, via a blog from ACE Health & Wellbeing lead, John McMahon

Access the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance guidance here

Creativity and Wellbeing Week is going national!

London Arts in Health Forum and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance are working together to expand Creativity and Wellbeing Week into a national event, building on its enormous success across London. Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2019 will run from 10-16 June 2019.

Now in its eighth year, Creativity and Wellbeing Week has grown to nearly 350 events in London in 2018, with over 35,000 people attending talks, workshops, performances, exhibitions and discussions.

Moving Pieces workshop: Love and Loss – 8 and 9 December 2018

This weekend workshop in Bermondsey will explore creative and embodied ways of sharing experiences of love and loss through body-based work, performance and storytelling.

"In 2017 we premiered Total Eclipse, a performance that we produced following the deaths of our mothers.The show uncovers the depth of emotions that can be felt during the grieving process. We will be sharing how you can use Moving Pieces' integrated approach to share your own personal stories.

New Loneliness Strategy lists arts and culture as key areas

The government's new Loneliness Strategy, published on 16 October, discusses a cross-governmental approach to loneliness that builds on the Secretary of State's pilot work with social prescribing. The Prime Minister's Introduction to the Strategy says that:

GEM Health and Wellbeing Intermediate Course, Bristol – 20 November 2018

This course will provide the opportunity to reflect and explore ways to improve or build upon your health and wellbeing work alongside other colleagues working in the field.  This will include overcoming challenges faced in current programmes, reframing other work to improve the health and wellbeing of museum audiences, and gaining inspiration to set up new projects.

Personal wellbeing figures show variation across UK

The Office of National Statistics has released figures for how we estimate our life satisfaction, our sense that the things done in life are worthwhile, and our happiness and anxiety at the UK, country, regional and local authority level. The figures relate to March 2017-March 2018. The main fundings are:

At the UK and country level, between the years ending March 2017 and March 2018:

HEartS project seeks evidence on music and wellbeing

The HEartS project is currently trying to find out whether and how music works in all of our lives to impact our wellbeing. HEartS is a collaboration between Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music, which explores the impact of the arts and culture on health and wellbeing.

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Our Future Likes exhibition, Bethlem Gallery – until 16 November 2018

Our Future Likes explores on- and off-line lives, and the impact of the internet on our mental health; as well as showing some of the artists and young people taking positive steps to explore how we can make the internet a more positive and contemplative space, where we can begin to take charge of our futures.

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Evening course: Perceptions of Self and Other, Shoreditch – 4 & 11 October 2018

This CPD-certified, creative course explores our perceptions of self and how these can be reframed to support healthy and positive personal and professional development.

£60 per person; Thursday, 4th and 11th October 6-8pm


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