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Organisation marks 30 years of supporting creative activity with relaunch

Earlier this month, Voluntary Arts celebrated 30 years of championing community and volunteer-led creative activity by relaunching as Creative Lives. The organisation also announced the launch of a number of new or enhanced initiatives to support communities to galvanise the surge of creativity in response to COVID-19 and reshape how we live post-pandemic. 

Report reveals six-fold increase in arts experiences for health service users and staff in Ireland

Arts and Health Co-ordinators Ireland (AHCI) has published a report on its research into the level and nature of Arts and Health activity in the Republic of Ireland which revealed a six-fold growth in this field of work over the past 20 years. The research, which was carried out by Dr Francesca Farina, measured the level and nature of arts and health activity in 2019 across a range of healthcare contexts, from hospitals and day care centres, to community settings and health promotion.

WHO project aims for large-scale integration of arts and culture within healthcare sector

WHO/Europe and the Nordic Culture Fund are partnering up to explore effective and sustainable strategies for integrating arts and culture into the wider healthcare sector. Led by WHO/Europe’s flagship unit on behavioural and cultural insights for health, the project will bring together academics, artists, cultural institutions, healthcare practitioners and policymakers from different countries.

Participants needed for Covid-19 pottery study

Participants are needed for research into the development of pottery skills in Great Britain during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The study, led by first year Archaeology DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford Cathy O’Brien, will examine potters' experiences of working from home with limited access to studios or materials amid the pressures of lockdown. It will also look at the impact of learning through media, such as online video content, social media, and books, alters skill development and how that may impact more traditional educational structures.

Guidance launched for applicants to the Creative People and Places programme

Arts Council England has published guidance on applying for the new Creative People and Places (CPP) programme, 2022-25. For the first time, the CPP programme will be part of the National Portfolio, helping Arts Council England achieve the outcomes set out in its Let’s Create strategy.

Call out for participants for arts in health research project

Roehampton University is seeking participants for a research project commissioned by Moving Pieces that will investigate the potential benefit of their approach to people living with medically unexplained symptoms.

Moving Pieces Collective is an arts in health theatre organisation founded and directed by Charlie Blowers, an experienced arts psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, Feldenkrais practitioner, and performing artist.

Submit your entry for the CHWA 2021 climate award

The deadline to submit nominations within the climate category at the CHWA 2021 Awards has been extended to 12 March. The award, presented in partnership with The Happy Museum Project and Culture Declares Emergency, aims to shine a light on the people and projects using creativity and culture to address the recent health, inequality and climate challenges.  

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Koestler Awards 2021 open for entries

The 2021 Koestler Awards for art in criminal justice settings is open for entries.

The Awards launched in 1962. Each year more than 3,500 people in custody and in the community share their creative work. Over 52 categories, the Koestler Awards provide feedback and encouragement to entrants of all abilities in visual art, design, writing and music.

The 2021 UK exhibition will return in the autumn to the Southbank Centre, curated by artist Camille Walala from the awards entries.

RSPH launches Health & Wellbeing Awards 2021

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has opened the nomination process for its annual Health & Wellbeing Awards. The awards include a category for Arts & Health, to recognise organisations whose work has furthered the contribution of the creative arts to health and wellbeing.

International Social Prescribing Day returns on 18 March

This year’s International Social Prescribing Day will celebrate the thousands of projects set up to maintain the health of our communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Whether you’ve set up a project or know someone who’s been benefitting greatly from an online social prescribing initiative during the pandemic, you’re invited to share your stories about how social prescribing has kept us connected, healthy, and engaged during a global crisis.

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