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London Assembly seeks resolution of conflict between regeneration and culture

The Assembly's Regeneration Committee’s report, “Creative tensions: Optimising the benefits of culture through regeneration”, responds to the impact of gentrification on the arts and culture, making a number of recommendations to the London Mayor, from collecting better data on artists' workspaces to protection measures for grassroots venues. The committee chair,  Navin Shah, says in his introduction to the report that "Regeneration should be much more than economic development and physical improvements to infrastructure and the public realm".

London Mayor spearheads bid for creative hub in Thames Estuary

Sadiq Khan is calling on the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission to commit to a new centre for the creative industries, aligning London with a national movement to ensure the creative sector remains at the heart of the government’s new industrial strategy as the UK leaves the European Union.

Sadiq Khan calls on government to replace £600m EU funds

The Mayor of London is calling on the government to specify how more than £600m received from the European Union for delivering economic growth across the capital will be replaced in the aftermath of Brexit.

The Mayor chairs the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), which oversees the investment of £600m from the European Structural and Investment Funds into skills, employment and enterprise initiatives across the capital.

Two London heritage projects to explore history of healthcare

The two projects will explore the history of healthcare thanks to nearly £100,000 from the National Lottery, in the build-up to next year’s 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Eastside Community Heritage (ECH) will work with current and retired NHS staff to explore the history of Harold Wood Hospital in London, and the Arts Assassins, South London Gallery’s young people’s forum, will be investigating the history of the Peckham Experiment, a pioneering health movement initiated in south east London 23 years before the foundation of the NHS.

Total Eclipse, Etcetera Theatre, Camden – 24-29 January 2017

A physical comedy devised from conversations and improvisations about bereavement - from Moving Pieces theatre company.

For more information
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Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High St, London NW1 7BU
Tickets: £12 (£10 concesssions)
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National Theatre to launch listening project in response to referendum

One-to-one conversations will be designed to discern as wide a range of attitudes as possible to the UK and its future.

The project will inform the future direction of the National. Artistic director, Rufus Norris, says:

“Art always responds to the time. And this has been a huge wake-up call for all of us to realise that half the country feels that they have no voice. If we are going to be a national organisation we must speak to and for the nation. Our principal response initially is to listen: to listen to that voice and art will follow from that.

Mayor rallies the arts to demonstrate that London is open

Sadiq Khan has been promoting the LondonIsOpen diversity initiative through International Busking Day – which brought international musicians to events across the UK.

The new #LondonIsOpen campaign seeks 'to spread the message that, following the EU referendum, London remains united, full of creativity and open for business'. 

New art installations for mental health spaces

Hospital Rooms is Grants-for-the-Arts funded initiative from curator Niamh White and artist Tim A. Shaw to install world class artworks in NHS hospital wards around the country. The launch project has been taking place at The Phoenix Unit, a secure psychiatric rehabilitation residential ward in Tooting for up to 18 patients who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia. It brings together prominent artists with specialists from South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

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New Deputy Mayor for Culture in London

Sadiq Khan has appointed Justine Simons OBE as his deputy mayor for culture and creative industries. Sadiq has made support for the arts, culture and creative industries one of his ‘core’ priorities, and has set out an ambitious programme to support the sector including championing the night-time economy, launching creative enterprise zones and protecting vital music venues.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week deadline this Friday! - 11 March 2016

The deadline for including events in the Creativity and Wellbeing publicity material is this Friday 11 March. There are loads of events already included in the week and in Creativity and Wellbeing Plus and this year’s festival looks set to be the biggest and best yet – so don’t hang about if you are thinking of including a walk or a talk, a show or a debate – all the details are at www.creativityandwellbeing.org.uk

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