Participatory arts

New research highlights the contribution of artists outside of the gallery system

New research commissioned by Axisweb highlights the contribution made by artists whose practices exist outside of the traditional gallery system by exploring the structures that enable and impede their visibility and success.

Bringing the Arts to Life: A Guide to the Arts and Long-Term Care

This latest resource from the Global Alliance for Arts & Health, published in partnership with IDEAS Institute and The Hulda B. & Maurice L.

Community singing and COPD

New research has been published assessing the impact of group singing on the lives of people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Singing for Breathing Audio CD

This practice CD was created by vocal leader Phoene Cave, who led the Singing for Breathing workshops at Royal Brompton in 2009 and 2010. The CD contains physical warm-ups, breathing exercises, vocal exercises and songs.

Winter Fires: Art and agency in old age, Baring Foundation

Winter Fires, written by François Matarasso, explores how the practice of art can change not the fact but the experience of old age. Art confers agency on its creator. It offers a capacity to act in the world by making something that did not exist before.

Ground-breaking report published on health benefits of singing

A report has been published from the world's first randomised control trial on singing and older people. The study, which started in January 2010 and finished at the end of 2011, involved over 200 participants over the age of 60.

Waiting list-controlled evaluation of a participatory arts course for people experiencing mental health problems

Kerrie L Margrove, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Kirsten Heydinrych, South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Wickford, Jenny Secker, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK

Family Arts Recipe Book

Verd de gris, based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire has developed a book that offers ways to help with long term care and dementia.

First Taste Resources

First Taste is a small arts educational charity that promotes arts educational and stimulative activities for frail older people in nursing and residential care homes and day care centres principally, but not exclusively, in the Derbyshire Dales.

Mind & Soul Choir

Mind & Soul is a community choir which is open to SLAM service users/staff, their friends and carers, local people and anyone who accesses mental health services.


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