Saturday, 15 July 2017

CREATIVE HEALTH, PUBLIC LAUNCH on 21st July at The Manchester School of Art

I am pleased to announce that we are able to release a small number of tickets to the public launch of Creative Health, the report of a research inquiry into Arts and Health by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health & Wellbeing (APPG) will take place on the 21st July between 11:00 and 13:00 here at MMU.

The aim of the report is to inform a vision for political leadership in the field of arts, health and wellbeing in order to support practitioners, and stimulate progress and future research. In the light of its findings, the APPG will seek to influence the thinking and practice of politicians and other decision-takers. The report will be introduced by co-chair of the APPG, Lord Howarth of Newport who will be accompanied by parliamentarians and special guests. We’ll be having input from some inspirational artists and health activists and will share more after the event. The Full and Short reports will be available at this event. The short report containing superb illustrations by David Shrigley. 

If you’d like to attend the event, please email and you’ll receive a response on Tuesday 18th. You can read Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia, in this Observer article from 16th July HERE.

Artists Studio to let!
A studio space has just become available in our Pool Arts Studio on Grosvenor street, Manchester. Five minutes from Piccadilly and 5 minutes from Oxford Road. 24 hour access with some parking and WiFi. Click HERE for details.

The First Arts & Health Sitcom? 
Some years ago the sublime Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine were at the heart of a wonderful comic drama playing out life on an NHS geriatric ward. The series was a great source of depression and pleasure for me. In this episode Tilda Swinton plays a Germanic arts and health worker. Superb. The series is called Getting On and I heartily recommend it to the Health Secretary.

Looking at innovative approaches to improving the health & wellbeing of older people
5th & 6th September 2017
Belgrave Rooms, 25 Goldsmith St. Nottingham
Cost: Day 1 & 2: £44; One day ticket: £28.
As a World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly City, Nottingham City Council are working closely with the Baring Foundation and Arts Council England to use the arts to enrich the lives of older people. There is consistent evidence that a range of art and music related interventions are supportive in promoting and protecting mental wellbeing and independence. This evidence is incorporated into the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for mental wellbeing and independence for older people and will be a key point of discussion within the conference. Click HERE.

Social Impact of the Arts in Liverpool 2015/16 report
The Social Impact of the Arts in Liverpool 2015/16 report looks at 36 cultural organisations in the city which are funded through the city council’s Culture Liverpool Investment Programme. It found that:
  • Arts organisations generated £27million into the city from a wide variety of local, national and international sources. This includes attracting millions of visitors and inward investment.
  • An impressive 29,840 cultural activities took place in the city from 2015/16, with 66% of this activity targeted at special groups – young people, homeless, veterans etc.
  • There were at least 4.6 million people attendees at CLIP funded events and festivals (broken down as 2,916,331 for events and 1,748,942 for festivals).
  • More than 258,000 attendees took part in CLIP activities.
  • The CLIP funding enabled the organisations to raise an additional £15,140,917 from public and private sources.
  • Organisations reported their activities achieved a huge array of social impacts and benefits – for example improving the lives of those experiencing homelessness, worklessness, long-term health issues or poor mental health. Young people with experience of the criminal justice system showed that those taking part in cultural events became more engaged in community, school and home life.
    The full report, The Social Impact of the Arts in Liverpool 2015/16 report can be viewed HERE.  

Grants to Improve the Lives of Children 
The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People supports registered charities that work to improve the lives of disabled and sick children and young people by awarding grants for equipment, training, and support. Through the Foundation's Central Grants scheme, awards of a few hundred pounds and up to £30,000 can be made, although the majority of grants will be under £10,000.
Awards are made on a quarterly basis and the next deadline for applications is 25th July 2017. Click HERE.

Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust which awards grants to registered charities in the United Kingdom has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 31st July 2017. Grants of £1,000 are available to registered charities that have an income of between £50,000 and £1,000,000 for projects that relate to Music and the Arts with priority given to projects that focus on:
  Domestic Abuse
  Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  Activities for those with limited access or opportunities.
The Trust will run four funding rounds each year; each with a different theme. Read more HERE.


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