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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?
13 April 2021

Colonially-imprinted spaces and the creative wellbeing of artists of colour

Joy Francis
How artists, activists and creative organisations like Words of Colour are challenging racism in the arts sector and developing alternative structures that nurture the creative wellbeing and careers of artists of colour.
24 March 2021

Art is one of the ways in which people come to see people with lived experience differently

Sandra Griffiths
Sandra Griffiths, founder of The Red Earth Collective, shares her journey in arts and mental health and the work of Red Earth which uses the arts to start conversations about mental health with racialised and marginalised communities.
3 March 2021

Creatively minded and green

David Cutler
Many arts and mental health organisations combine the healing powers of creativity and nature. David Cutler rounds up a few here - from the quiet places in Manchester to some of the UK's most beautiful countryside.
25 February 2021

Racism, the arts world & me

Dolly Sen
Featured in our new report, this article by artist Dolly Sen is a powerful testimony to the toll of racism on mental health and a call to action to the arts world to address racism and lack of representation.
21 January 2021

Theatre for Life’s young actors use film & theatre to reveal their experiences of hidden disability & mental health

Michelle Smith, Theatre for Life
Theatre for Life was one of 87 organisations awarded a grant in our first Arts & Mental Health grants round last year.