Sunday, 21 August 2016


While silence pervades Lydia Moyer's masterful new film, it has a great deal to say indeed. A supercut of 7 years of moments of silence in the U.S. House of Representatives for victims of mass shootings, it is a scathing indictment of a government unconcerned with protecting the lives of its own citizens, in the face of escalating yet preventable mass shootings. With Orlando still an open wound, and fears of the next shooting forever lurking at the edges of our consciousness, Moyer's film speaks truth to power, truth to hypocrisy, and calls bullshit on the substitution of "symbolic gestures" for social change. It is a simple, vital, necessary work, silent yet deafening.

More details by clicking HERE. With thanks to NS. Normal blogging recommences next week...

Saturday, 30 July 2016

...OH NO - it's the FAST-FOOD edition!!!

I’ll be very happy to be sharing the Recoverist Manifesto at the Rediscovering the Radical Festival, plus having conversations about radical arts/health on Thursday 1st September between 22:00 – 23:00. More details about the festival by clicking on the wonderful Richard Burton, above. 

This blog may be quiet for the next few weeks as your blogger 
e v a p o r a t e s........

Together we are Stronger
Arts commentator and former Great Ormond Street Hospital Arts Co-ordinator, Victoria Jones writing from Melbourne, comments that, ‘Arts in health is a growing global phenomenon but growth of the sector is hindered by insufficient profile…’ Victoria rightly comments of the competitive nature of our work, when we should be collaborating. Perhaps this reflects (In the UK at least) the cult of managerialism within the NHS and the drive to competition over compassion. The Francis Report identified a target obsessed culture, that   “focused on doing the system’s business - and not that of the patients,’ {…} ‘ institutional culture which ascribed more weight to {…} methods of measuring compliance (and) which did not focus on the effect of a service on patients”. It seems that our obsession with targets within health and social care, has blinded us to the very people we should be caring for and the all-prevailing ‘management culture’ that dominates this sector is mirrored in the arts and cultural sector too. Read Victoria’s article by clicking HERE.

In October and November I'll be facilitating two events around Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Culture and the Arts. Keep your eyes peeled for more details on this blog.

Funding for Projects that Address Urban & Rural Deprivation
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation has announced that funding is available to support the work of local and national charities or not-for-profit organisations that address rural and urban deprivation within the UK. Within these two main headings, the Trust are interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of:

• Community Support
• Arts, Education & Heritage
• Disability & Health Care.

There are three grants schemes. These are:
• The Large Grant Scheme, with grants of between £10,000 & £45,000 to cover capital costs
• The Standard Grant Scheme, grants of between £6,001 & £12,000 for revenue or one-off capital costs
• The Small Grant Scheme, grants of below £6,000 to cover capital and revenue costs.

In addition, the Foundation also has funding available to support capital projects at hospices throughout the UK; and for Village Halls and Community Centres. The Grants Committee meets quarterly to consider applications at the beginning of February, May, September and November. The deadlines for submitting applications are generally 2 months before the date of a meeting. Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time. Read more HERE.  

...and here's that YUMMY FAST FOOD* compromise you've all been waiting for...

HRUK & SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants 
Heart Research UK (HRUK) is inviting applications from not for profit groups, voluntary organisations and registered charities through their SUBWAY/HRUK Healthy Heart Grants. Grants of up to £10,000 are available in different SUBWAY regions to for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease.The grants are available in specific regions at certain times of the year. In the past grants have been awarded to fund cooking sessions, theatre workshops, multi-sport activities, classroom based learning, circus skills, and tandem biking, etc. For details of the application periods for each region click on the oh-so scrumptious baguette above. 

Greggs Foundation - Local Communities Projects Fund 
The next application deadline for the Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund is the 30th September 2016. The foundation is a grant making trust which distributes around £1.8 million per year to organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The Local Community Projects Fund makes grants of up to £2,000 to not for profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 a year who work to reduce the disadvantage of the most deprived people in the community such as the disabled, those living in poverty, voluntary carers and isolated older people. The Foundation are more likely to make grants to local organisations based near Greggs shops. Please use the shop locator on the Greggs website to find your nearest shop. Read more by clicking on the egg mayo above!

* whilst your blogger is not immune to the delights of a quick-fix sarnie, he is in no way endorsing the slops that are served up as 'healthy' to people on the lowest income to generate profits to high street outlets, so that they can kid us all that they are doing good by putting money 'back into the community'. I put this on the blog because I know artists, and organisations trying to do good things, are strapped for cash.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

...Wau Wau

Boris Johnson? What more can I say? Leaving him to one side, we now have Karen Bradley as Culture Secretary - Yay! A Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser, Karen has worked in public practice from 1991 to 2004, first for Deloitte & Touche and then for KPMG. In 2004, she became a self-employed fiscal and economic consultant. Karen rejoined KPMG in 2007, where she remained until shortly before her election to the House of Commons. 

The Department of Health remains under the safe stewardship of Jeremy Hunt, who will undoubtably continue his incremental privatisation of the NHS, but at least he has David Mowat as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and Care, who after graduating, qualified as a chartered accountant. He joined the consultancy firm Accenture where he became a global managing partner. Joining Jeremy and David comes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation, Nicola Blackwood who at least doesn’t seem to be an accountant and apparently is ‘a trustee of a special school academy near her home and the patron of several charities’. 

Project Co-ordinator (Freelance) for 
Lancashire Not Forgotten
Deadline: Friday 19th August 2016 at 12 noon 
Fee: £19,500 (inclusive of travel) 
Duration: 12 months, part time (3 days per week) 
Location: Burnley, Blackburn and Blackpool 
Lancashire Not Forgotten is a heritage and arts project which will recognise that people living with dementia, are a rich source of information and social history. The project will evidence that they have stories to tell and a rich life experience which if explored, recorded and shared can not only empower the individual, but potentially help us all to better understand the areas in which we live. We are a collaboration between Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council. It explores the strands of work, rest and play; one theme per authority and collectively unites communities through reminiscence borne of shared heritage.

The role is to coordinate the different elements of the project across the three authorities. It will involve liaising with venues, community groups and charities, artists and volunteers to ensure successful delivery of programmes of events in each locality and then the collection, documentation and sharing of the material produced and gathered.

Duties include:
•To arrange events at heritage and library venues in liaison with partners
•To recruit and manage artists and their production of artwork
•To co-ordinate, capture and document stories
•To liaise with families living with dementia
•To co-ordinate publicity and PR of events
•To manage partnerships
•To recruit, train and manage volunteers
•To train colleagues and staff as dementia friends.
•To arrange data collection and evaluation information
•To manage the project budget
For full job description and application details please email: Russell Tennant, Arts Development Manager, Lancashire County Council at

Digital Arts & Creative Ageing Fund
Deadline: 12pm, Tuesday 16 August 2016
Digital Arts & Creative Ageing is a collaborative grant funding programme developed by Nominet Trust and The Baring Foundation. This programme is all about improving engagement with the creative arts by older people across the UK, with the associated benefits to general health and wellbeing which such participation brings. This is an open grant funding programme. We are seeking strong and innovative applications from entrepreneurial-minded organisations that have already demonstrated the distinctive value that digital technology and the internet can bring to connecting older people with the creative arts – and the beneficial social outcomes offered by this broadening of digital engagement.

Digital Arts & Creative Ageing will provide funding and support to help you scale and sustain products or services that have already been trialled and have evidence of uptake, with the aim of developing their social, user and financial value. Applications are open to UK-based organisations, including for-profits, charities and community interest companies that work with UK beneficiaries. The open call for stage one applications closes on 16 August 2016, with selected organisations invited to stage two of the application process. The successful organisations will be announced in November 2016. If your application is successful, you can expect to receive:
•Grant funding for each project of up to £90,000 – depending on the requirements and the number of projects chosen for funding.
•Funder support for project delivery over an 18-month period.
•A support package including mentoring, marketing & communications advice and networking opportunities.
For full details and criteria, please click on the cherry blossom. 

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects 
The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 3rd October 2016. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The Trust's aim is to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is now being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not supported. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered.

People’s Postcode Trust: 2016 Grants
Deadline: 30 Sep
People’s Postcode Trust exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, designated funding for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, support healthy living initiatives and uphold human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. It will also consider projects which help different communities come together for the benefit of their local area. Registered charities in England, Scotland & Wales can apply from £500-£20,000 (£10,000 in Wales), whilst other organisations may apply for up to £2,000. Read more at:

Saturday, 16 July 2016


...and feeling unbearably dissociated from everything on this island.

Arts, Health & Wellbeing Inquiry: Call for Practice Examples
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPG) is collaborating with King’s College London on an Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The Inquiry is seeking contributions to aid in its research into the health and wellbeing outcomes of arts and cultural activity. The purpose of the Inquiry is to develop policy recommendations and inform a vision for political leadership in the field of arts, health and wellbeing. The Inquiry is seeking examples of the arts and culture influencing health and wellbeing outcomes. Deadline for submissions is 19 August 2016 and you can find full details and relevant documents HERE.

Applications open for the 2016/17 Max Reinhardt Literacy Awards 
Deadline: Monday 1 August 2016 at 10.00am
Venues in England are invited to apply to host the 2016/17 Awards, to support a creative writer to work with a school and a gallery/art museum/visual art venue. Three Awards of £6,000 each will be made to the selected venues for an activity, which will take place from January to March 2017. Click on A Midsummer Night's Dream for more details.

Lloyds Bank Foundation announces next funding round for its “Invest” Programme
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, which provides funding to charities for projects to help people break their cycle of disadvantage, has announced that its "Invest" grants programme will re-open for applications on the 5th September 2016 and will close at 5pm on the 14th October 2016. Invest" is a flexible, long term core funding programme for charities helping disadvantaged people. Invest grants are from £10,000 up to maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period - up to six years in total. Invest grants fund core running costs such as rent, heating, lighting and management costs etc, as well as project delivery costs such as salaries, recruitment, volunteer expense and training, etc. The Foundation also runs a smaller "Enable" programme which provides grants of up to £15,000 for up to 2 years for activities relating to organisational development such as leadership and governance, improved systems and demonstrating outcomes. Applications to the "Enable" programme can be made at any time. Read more by clicking on the Eclipse of the Sun by George Grosz, below. 


Saturday, 9 July 2016

. . . - - - . . . c'est si bon?

The Homeless Library
a catalogue of homeless lives
"We tell you stuff because we think we can trust you. Trust is the biggest thing of all, it is the biggest thing I own."

The Homeless Library is lived history, people's descriptions of their own lives, as told by contemporary homeless people. Alongside the interviews, poems and artworks inscribed into handmade books tell an emotional history. Homeless people have created a first-person history of British homelessness, exhibiting at The Poetry Library, Southbank 9 July-18 September. It includes individual testimonies, poetry and art written in handmade books, lending insight into experiences of Britain's homeless. A free 200 page ebook, The Homeless Library, including interviews, poems and artworks has been created as a catalogue for the exhibition and can be downloaded by clicking on the image above. 
Venue: The Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

A New Report on Arts and Health from New South Wales
Two reports on Arts & Health have been published in Australia this last week, the first from Western Australia featured on last weeks blog. This week sees the launch of the Report of the Arts & Health Taskforce in New South Wales, and NSW Health & the Arts Framework with an introductions by Minister for Health Jillian Skinner MP. These are interesting times and it's good to see parallels between the advanced work of the All Party Parliamentary Group in the UK and this strategic development in Australia. Read more by clicking on the banner above. Thanks to Margret Meagher of The Australia Centre for Arts & Health for sharing this.

The Iraq Inquiry
In case you missed it, another report was published this week - that of the inquiry into the War in Iraq, also known as the Iraq Inquiry or Chilcot Report. At over 2 million words, it would be easy to put this to one side and just accept former Prime Ministers well planned responses and blinkered justification for the war in Iraq. You should listen to the BBC Radio 4 interview with him on the Today Programme. I was rather disappointed with the John Humphrys line of questioning though, and for once, would have rather he’d been submitted to the grilling of some hysterical shock-jock, but I am sure there’s some test we could submit Mr Blair to, to see where he fits on the Psychopathic Scale.

Weapons of Mass Happiness
For my small part, I share a short film of Louis Armstrong singing C’est si Bon in 1962, to which I’ve added some material as a taster for my forthcoming presentation called Weapons of Mass Happiness which I’ll be giving as the keynote at ARTLANDS Festival on 27th October, and then at the 8th Annual International Arts and Health Conference, organised by The Australian Centre for Arts and Health at the Art Gallery of New South Wales between 16 - 18th November this year.

What’s it all about? - well - its about reframing our arts/health agenda more explicitly in terms of social justice and inequalities for one thing, and an exploration of something darker than the instrumentalisation of the arts in the service of the state, and will include a small but vicious kick to Mr Blair. Want a quick taster? Click on the 'we are all happy' image below, but I don’t want to spoil my presentation - so - less is more!

In light of the political chaos that surrounds us on our little island following ‘brexit’ it’s heartening to see allies across Europe sharing their vision around culture and the arts in this British Council published report, which I recommend to you... 

The Morning After Report: 
The future of the UK’s cultural relationship with other European nations
This collection of essays from figures in the worlds of culture, politics and science reflect on the UK’s cultural relationship with Europe in the wake of the EU referendum. Each was asked not to lobby for one position or another, but instead to imagine a constructive and realistic future for the UK’s cultural conversation. Thanks to Artūras Vasiliauskas for sharing and click on the image below to read the full report.

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects 
The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 27th June 2016. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The Trust's aim is to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is now being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not supported. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered. Click on this link for more details.

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants Programme 
Not for profit organisations such as such schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme. The grants are available for projects that help children and young people experiencing:
+ Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
+ Any kind of disability
+ Behavioural or psychological difficulties' and / or living in situations of deprivation.
Read more at this link: 

£200,000 Available to Support Women Innovators 
Innovate UK has up to £200,000 and a package of tailored support to award to businesswomen who have exciting ideas and the potential to become leaders in innovation and deliver significant economic growth. This is the first women only Innovate UK competition and is part of a new ‘infocus' initiative to encourage diversity in innovation. The competition is open to any woman in the UK with experience in business innovation and each of the 12 finalists in the competition will receive a package of support tailored to their needs, and the four winners will each receive £50,000 to support their innovation project or activities. Innovate UK are looking for women who have real potential to become leaders in business innovation and/or successful entrepreneurs and have exciting ideas that promise significant economic value to the UK. The closing date for applications is the 12th August 2016. Read more at: 

Sunday, 3 July 2016

...what Monstrous Thing rhymes with Stove?

What on earth do I say about the political chaos in the UK? Not much really - we’re being governed (or not) by a set of machiavellian idiots. Give me governance that offers calm and considered leadership based on long-term vision, social justice and equality - not some vile Murdoch sycophant and trumped-up journalist. Let’s hope, out of all this chaos something will emerge. 

I have had the enormous pleasure of working with Vic McEwan this last 2 weeks with patients and colleagues at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where Vic is undertaking a major project around sound in a 21st century health environment. Vic also shared his work alongside Dr Toby Heys who left me throbbing after his wonderful sub-sonic sounds! Thank you both and I am looking forward to sharing this work with you as it unfolds between now and next March.

The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and the WA Arts and Health Consortium last week, released its report into arts activity in WA hospitals. To read the full report, click on the image of Purnalulu above.

Evidence of Experience 
with Christine Douglass
Presentation & discussion led by film maker/scientist Christine Douglass about her collaborative research involving women experiencing breast cancer.
14th July 2016
14.00 to 16.00
Manchester School of Art
In visual explorations of the lives of those diagnosed with breast cancer, extreme vulnerability, the irreducibility of experience, and multiple co-existing experiential truths challenge the limits of representation and exhibition, raising many ethical questions. Christine Douglass’s praxis is based on the belief that working with individuals experiencing illness demands a respectful, collaborative research relationship. She will describe how and why she transitioned from scientist to filmmaker and what collaboration means in the context of her work, focussing on the ethics of how filmmakers, artists & researchers enter into other people’s lives and represent their feelings and experiences. Find out more about Christine's work by clicking on the image by T. Burke below. If you are interested in attending or want more information and copies of a short reading associated with the discussion please contact Jane Brake and remember, this is an event that's been organised by Jane and not Arts for Health, so direct any questions to her at the above email address. 

Still from What if? T.Burke, 2012

Artists International Development Fund 
The next application deadline for the Arts Council England's Artists International Development Fund is 5pm on the 26th October 2016. This funding stream is for artists to develop links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in other countries. Freelance and self-employed artists can apply for small grants of £1,000 to £5,000 to spend time building these links to broaden their horizons and open their work to other perspectives. The programme is open to emerging and mid-career artists working in combined arts, literature, music, theatre, dance, visual arts and crafts and design. Applicants must have received recognition for their work in England and not have extensive international experience. The application must also a letter of support from the overseas partner/host. Read more at 

Funding for Music Creators 
The Performing Rights Society (PRS) for Music Foundation, the UK's leading funder of new music across all genres, has announced that the next application deadline for its funding programme for organisations and music creators is the 3rd October 2016. Funding is available to any music creator such as songwriters; composers; and solo artists; etc as well as not-for-profit organisation that support the creation and performance of outstanding new music. Through this programme, music creators as well as bands; ensembles; collectives; charities; local authority and schools; etc can apply for grants of up to £5,000. For example, AudioActive, a registered charity working to challenge disadvantage and enhance the development of children and young people by providing high quality creative and musical experiences throughout the South East, received funding. Funding was used to deliver music workshops to children and young people, with the aim of helping to nurture talented young musicians.

Sunday, 26 June 2016 existential blunt force trauma

Without doubt, I am suffering the consequences of an existential blunt force trauma. Last week I bleated uselessly about the lack of black and minority ethnic representation in the arts/health field, and in the blink of an eye the democracy I so cherish has meted out a slow death knell to Europe and free movement. Democracy in action, mediated by those without much to offer in the way of substance, just hyperbole - estimated facts, figures and fear. 

A near medieval image of utopia has been peddled by the nationalists and the fictitious world of Post-War Britain can be promulgated again in our little Albion, destined I’m sure, to become A Trump Anglo-Saxon theme park. Permission has now been given to all our neighbours to ferment their own isolated nationalistic delusions. Whose idea was it to have a referendum anyway? Oh I remember. But I cant seem to recall anyone asking for one in the first place. We need to move fast and if social justice and inequalities are to be visible in the political agenda - and our arts and agenda have any vision and purpose - we need to stop the inevitable march of the monstrous ‘free market’ state that will rapidly consume anything in its path. I can see the vapid forces of pseudo arts and health venture philanthropists laughing in the corner and preparing to capitalise on this political vacuum. 

As 1 of the 48% who chooses to identify as European and remain in the union, I say, all hail free thinkers - a new political generation might be motivated into action by all this? I will remain proudly European and enjoy learning from, and with my friends ‘on the continent’ - and us all growing together.

To those European partners we've worked with recently:

We are friends and cultural partners
 Mes esame draugai ir kultūros partneraai
  Táimid cairde agus le comhpháirtithe cultúrtha
   Biz arkadaşız ve kültürel ortakları
    Ми друзі і культурні партнери
      Siamo amici e partner culturali
       We zijn vrienden en culturele partners
        Olemme ystäviä ja kulttuurialan osapuolten
         Nous sommes amis et partenaires culturels
          Wir sind Freunde und Kulturpartnern
            Oleme sõbrad ja kultuurilise partner
             Somos amigos e parceiros culturais

Still - Billy Childish offers us his unique advice on dealing with our more local frustrations at Farrage et al. No apologies for any offence caused and thank you Billy.

I had a treat to witness the flourishing European movement that is Recoverism this weekend. Alongside colleagues from Dementia & Imagination - who shared work in the context of Sir Thomas More's vision of Utopia - Recoverists from Manchester shared their brave, challenging and beautiful work at Somerset House in Little Britain’s theme-park capital. 

A film by Amanda Ravetz 

Alongside Portraits of Recovery’s Mark Prest, artist and visual anthropologist Dr Amanda Ravetz, artist Cristina Nunez and Recoverist Jayne Gosnall had produced some sumptuous interactive work under the banner of WONDERLAND, to which I was invited to share the Recoverist Manifesto. Performing a reading of the manifesto reminded me of how it couldn’t have happened without fellow Recoverists in Italy, Turkey, Lithuania, Holland, Ireland and the UK. 

Utopia then - what’s that all about - Europa perhaps? Oh no lets stick with the cloying nostalgia for a much fabled yesteryear and go for Pangaea!

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust: Travelling Fellowships
Deadline: 20 Sep
In 2017, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing around £1.3 million in British citizens by awarding 150 Travelling Fellowships. This will directly support British citizens who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in their UK professions and communities, and society as a whole. Read more at: 

Your Evidence Wanted
As part of an Inquiry into the role of the arts in health and social care, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing is seeking examples of the arts and culture influencing health and wellbeing outcomes. The APPG is interested in examples of practice from the past decade, where there is reasonably reliable evidence of outcomes or evidence that a pilot or new approach has promise. Submissions are invited of up to 1,000 words, arranged according to headings outlined in the guidance. For the guidance, definitions and further information about the Inquiry, please go to:,-Health-and-Wellbeing-Inquiry.aspx    
The deadline for submissions is Friday 19 August 2016.

SOUND Arts & Health Event
Vic McEwan and Toby Heys will be sharing their practice on Tuesday this week, ten tickets are left HERE. I'm thrilled to have Vic working here at Alder Hey and some profound work is unfolding, which we'll share over the coming year. A huge thanks to Vicky Charnock for making it all possible and for Jane Radcliffe and her outstanding team - particularly one person whose having treatment at Alder Hey and is working with Vic on some collaborative work. Quite beautiful stuff.

Arts Council England told to promote everyday creativity
ACE advised to change funding structures to promote everyday creativity
Street parties, guerrilla gardening and engagement with cultural buildings must be encouraged if creativity is to become as accessible as sport, a new report has concluded. Arts Council England (ACE) should create a new small grants fund to ensure ‘everyday creativity’ is embedded across society, a new report has advised. It should also reconsider using language such as ‘excellence’ and ‘great art’, which ultimately discourages people without talent from practising creativity, and consider a more ‘democratic’ use of funded buildings and future capital developments. The report, produced by campaign group 64 million artists with funding from ACE, is the result of a five-month nationwide study into how to move from ‘Great Art For Everyone’ to ‘Great Art By, With and For Everyone’. It defines ‘everyday creativity’ as grassroots arts activity, encompassing everything from breakdancing in open spaces to guerrilla gardening and painting in sheds. Its publication follows the Warwick Commission Report, which found only 8% of the UK population regularly attend funded culture. It hopes to build on the success of projects and organisations with a similar agenda, such as BBC Get Creative, Fun Palaces, and Voluntary Arts.

  • A lack of an accessible space, either virtual or physical, in which to be creative;
  • A lack of general appreciation for process over product;
  • A lack of creativity in education and work, with pressures on teachers and continual assessment stifling playful creativity;
  • The apparent requirement to be ‘professional’ in everyday life, instead of expressing ideas and opinions.
Read it all by clicking on the beautiful and ancient green Ankerwycke Yew.