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8 December 2021

Arts, creativity and trauma

Harriet Lowe
Many of the organisations we know work creatively with people with post-traumatic stress, with mental health problems and trauma often deeply entwined. This blog explores arts and creativity particularly with veterans but more widely too.
29 November 2021

Arts and culture in every care setting: what staff, residents and relatives told us

Alison Teader, NAPA Arts in Care Homes
What would it require for all care homes to offer their residents access to relevant creative and cultural opportunities on a daily basis? And what do care home staff, residents and family members think?
9 November 2021

Creatively Minded and Practising Well

David Cutler
Over the last 18 months, we have been looking at the issue of artists' mental health and what we can do to support the artists we fund through our work. David Cutler sets out where we have got to.
1 November 2021

Can data help care services deliver older people’s creative and cultural rights?

Silva Siponkoski, AILI Network
Read about how the AILI Network in Finland are integrating data about individuals' cultural and creative habits and interests into care planning.
8 October 2021

Creatively Minded at the Museum

David Cutler
How are museums involving and engaging people with mental health problems in their work? Could more be doing so? David Cutler explores initiatives in the UK and in other countries.
5 August 2021

Amy Winehouse and her legacy: arts, addiction and mental health

David Cutler
The BBC's excellent documentary 'Reclaiming Amy' is not only a moving tribute, but a timely reminder of the importance of participatory arts for people living with addiction, and the need to support artists' mental health.
30 June 2021

The response to our grant round ‘Creatively Minded and Ethnically Diverse’ and what we did next

Vicki Amedume
We are awarding 24 new grants - out of a very strong field - this week to support participatory artists from ethnically diverse backgrounds in arts & mental health. The Chair of our Arts Committee explains the decision-making.
16 June 2021

Becoming trauma-informed as an arts and mental health organisation: our journey so far

Alex Evans, Kazzum Arts
Alex Evans, Artistic Director at Kazzum Arts in East London, explains the impact taking a trauma-informed approach has had on their arts work with children & young people, staff and artists, and throughout the organisation.
20 May 2021

Creatively minded – looking beyond the pandemic and the need for more funding

David Cutler
The benefits of the arts for mental health are increasingly recognised, but they need to be much better funded.
26 April 2021

Creativity and culture in every care home – starting a national conversation

David Cutler
Lockdown has underlined the huge value of creativity particularly for those living in care homes. What would it require for all care homes to offer their residents access to relevant creative and cultural opportunities on a daily basis?