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. 

The Museum as a Space of Social Care – 1 July 2021

Dr Nuala Morse’s new book The Museum as a Space of Social Care explores how the notion of care - as practice and as ethics - can open up new directions for the museum.

The book engages with the growing focus on community participation in museum activities, notably in the areas of health and wellbeing activities and community-led exhibitions. It examines the logic of care that underpins this practice, how this work is operationalised and valued in the museum, and the institutional barriers to this practice.

Launch of guide for prison staff to enable creativity during Covid-19

Access to creative activity is essential for the wellbeing of people in prison, but understanding how to make it possible in the face of Covid-19 restrictions has been a challenge. A new guide from the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, Creativity in a restricted regime, gives recommendations on how those working in prisons can achieve this, in collaboration with education providers, artists and arts organisations – as restrictions ease and prison regimes begin to change.

Join London Arts and Health’s Digital Sandpit

We are excited to launch a Digital Sandpit to give members the opportunity to learn about best practice, host practice sessions, and reflect and share learnings.

The group is free to join, and is a private space where members can chat, share practice, ask questions and help each other.

There are three main ways to engage with the Digital Sandpit:

Don’t miss our myth busting guide to social prescribing

London Arts and Health and the Mayor of London have launched a myth busting guide to help support the hundreds of grassroots organisations in London to become involved in the London recovery plan. The guide aims to challenge many of the myths surrounding social prescribing, tackling areas such as funding, the role of link workers and the importance of strong evidence-based research and evaluation.

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.

New arts and health platform seeks partners

Arts enterprise Aesop is seeking organisations currently working in arts-and-health to help develop and participate in an online platform aimed primarily at people over 60.  The platform will be launched in summer 2021 and will help users find high-quality arts programmes that provide health benefits.

It is hoped the platform will be as comprehensive as possible. To be included, programmes will need independent quantitative evidence of their health outcomes.

Global Social Prescribing Alliance Launch – 26 February 2021

The Global Social Prescribing Alliance is a group of stakeholders active worldwide in the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3. Their vision is to enable thriving communities to deliver a social revolution for their health and wellbeing while generating value. The Alliance aims to establish a global working group dedicated to the advancement of social prescribing through promotion, collaboration and innovation.

Brighton & Hove Arts & Health Network initial meeting – 23 March 2021

Freelance independent practitioners working in the arts and/or health sector and working or living in Brighton & Hove are invited to join the first meeting of the area’s Arts & Health Network.


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