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2 April 2020

Give those feelings ceilings – my reflections on art and mental health

George Harding
George Harding is the cover artist for Creatively Minded. In this blog he explains how he came to painting and the importance of organisations like Bethlem Gallery and the Studio Upstairs in helping people to be creative.
Arts
30 March 2020

Being creative and being together: Creative Alternatives Online

Jessica Bockler, Creative Alternatives
Creative Alternatives - an arts-on-prescription service in Merseyside - developed an online version of their arts programme in 2017. Its Director explains how they are now building on this work during the COVID-19 crisis.
Arts
19 March 2020

COVID-19: Arts and creative resources for older people (and anyone else) in isolation

Harriet Lowe
Information about creative initiatives and useful resources to support particularly older people in isolation and in care homes during the COVID-19 crisis. This is a work in progress. Please do let us know about anything you're doing.
Arts
18 March 2020

Funding for LGBTI communities in Africa is growing – but there’s more to do particularly for women

David Sampson
Five years into our programme supporting LGBTI activism in Africa, the Programme's Director discusses why our support for LBQT women is particularly important and the progress made towards increasing funding for a hard-pressed but courageous civil society.
International Development
6 March 2020

Celebrating the organisations we support on International Women’s Day 2020

Lucy de Groot
Baring Foundation trustee, Lucy de Groot, profiles the inspiring work of our grantees who work to uphold the rights of women often facing extreme and multiple disadvantage and discrimination in the UK and Africa.
Other
3 March 2020

Print-making workshops for older men with Highland Print Studio

Alison McMenemy, Highland Print Studio
Highland Print Studio's brilliant Wise Guys project was an unusual example of a creative ageing initiative aimed at older men and is one of the highlights of our new report On Diversity and Creative Ageing.
Arts
24 February 2020

GALA’s Kewpie Collection: collecting and sharing LGBTIQ histories and stories in Africa

Linda Chernis, GALA Archivist
Kewpie was a celebrated queer hairdresser from District Six in Cape Town. Her photographs are now held by the GALA Queer Archive.
International Development
19 February 2020

Art is a map back to yourself: Dolly Sen on the launch of Creatively Minded

Dolly Sen
Artist Dolly Sen makes the case for the role of creativity in the lives of people with mental health problems to launch our new report - Creatively Minded: an initial mapping study of participatory arts and mental health activity in the UK.
Arts
13 February 2020

Celebrating the stories of older LGBTQ+ people in Brighton

Lee Smith, New Writing South
The stories of older LGBTQ+ people will be at the heart of a brand new theatre festival later this year, thanks to the 'Celebrating Stories' project, one of the highlights of our new report On Diversity and Creative Ageing.
Arts
14 January 2020

Getting the law habit: Transforming Lives

Chloe Hardy, Sheila McKechnie Foundation
Chloe offers reflections from a campaigning perspective on our new publication: Transforming Lives through Law - a collection of civil society organisations using legal tactics to make change.
Strengthening Civil Society