Surveys and consultations

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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Get more involved with NICE

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has set up new ways of taking part in their work to improve health and social care. There are several ways to get more involved, including registering as a stakeholder, joining a "Citizens Council", or becoming a "NICE Fellow". The new structures will give members of the public and organisations access to consultations, guidance and committees.

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Complete Arts Professional’s survey to help improve equality and diversity

Arts Professional are conducting a survey of pay in the cultural sector with a view to creating a comprehensive evidence that supports efforts to increase equality and diversity in the sector.

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Launch of MARCH network

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have announced £8-million-worth of funding to bring researchers, charities and other organisations together to address important mental health research questions. One of the grants – for £1.25m – has been awarded to Dr Daisy Fancourt at UCL. Her network, MARCH, will explore how social, cultural and community assets (including the arts, heritage sites, libraries, parks, allotments, volunteer associations and community groups) can enhance public mental health and wellbeing, prevent mental illness and support those living with mental health conditions.

Survey on heritage collections, health and wellbeing – closes 28 September 2018

Open Heritage Depots is conducting a survey to look at the pros an cons of working with heritage collection in the context of health and care, and to identify new models of work with wellbeing.

The survey is meant for staff (including volunteers) at museums, archives, libraries (with special collections) and other heritage associations that use their collections for wellbeing activities.

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Facing the Future

To kick-start the autumn, LAHF has commissioned a series of blogs about the future of arts and health which we will be publishing daily over the next 2 weeks. The blogs, from leading practitioners working across the spectrum of creativity and wellbeing ask where this work is heading and what challenges and opportunities might open up in the year ahead. The blog series will begin on Monday 10th September and a new blog will be published each weekday until 21st September.

Significant new data on cultural engagement released

The Audience Agency is making available seven years' worth of data on audiences at cultural institutions and events in the UK. The data is drawn from over 600 organisations - including performing arts venues, museums and festivals - who participate in the Audience Agency's online audience-development tool, Audience Finder. The Agency says that the data describes the behaviours of more than 10 million UK households.

ComRes survey suggests majority of GPs support arts in health

A ComRes survey of over 1,000 GPs, commissioned by Aesop in February this year suggests that over 60% of GPs agree that engagement with the arts can support both the prevention of ill health, and NHS staff. 44% also agree that arts interventions could be a cost-effective contribution to primary care.

The survey showed that:

Arts Council Enquiry into Culture in Cities

A new enquiry is investigating the potential future for culture in cities across the UK. The enquiry will investigate different ways that policy makers, funders, and practitioners can create an environment in which culture has the resources to flourish.

It will produce a report this autumn. The enquiry will look at several different possibilities, including:

Consultation on Mayor’s Culture Strategy

The Mayor of London has published a draft culture strategy which has health and wellbeing as one of its core priority areas. The strategy is up for consultation until 19 June 2018.

Launching the strategy Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “I have invested more in culture than any other Mayor because I believe in its transformative power. I will continue to support culture and the creative industries and today’s draft strategy sets out an ambitious plan to keep London at the top of its creative game.”


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