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12 October 2020

An Artist in Time: Sir Frank Bowling

Baring Foundation
Sir Frank Bowling - who was awarded a knighthood this week - was interviewed in The Artist in Time, which celebrates the artistic lives of artists born before 1950. His interview is below - one fascinating read in a book of them.
9 October 2020

Introducing Recover – up-cycling furniture and lives

Ian Block, Recover
In readiness for World Mental Health Day tomorrow (10 October) we are delighted to post the first blog from an organisation which received a grant in our first grants round - Recover who produce beautiful works of art from old and donated furniture.
22 September 2020

Creating the best possible experience for participants remotely – advice from the field

Harriet Lowe
We asked a few arts and mental health organisations how they made the made the transition - from physical spaces to remote - whilst making their sessions safe, comfortable and creative. Reflections below!
11 September 2020

Our first round of grants for arts and mental health

David Cutler
We are delighted to be awarding 87 new grants this week to organisations working in arts and mental health. Here the Director of the Foundation and of our Arts Programme explains the thinking behind the awards we have made.
2 September 2020

Artists on the frontline – what support is available for artists’ wellbeing?

Harriet Lowe
Practitioner wellbeing in the arts & (mental) health field has rightly become a hot topic, with the impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods making it only more so. We asked a few organisations what support they offer or would like to offer.
24 August 2020

How literature can be a lifeline to support mental health

Rachel Parker
Rachel Parker of The Reader in Liverpool explains how they use shared reading of great literature to help improve mental health and resilience in settings including prisons, secure mental health units and the community.
11 August 2020

Something to look forward to and rely on: creativity and mental health at Oakleaf Enterprises

Enya Galway
Oakleaf are a mental health charity in Guildford, Surrey, offering creative workshops alongside other services to people recovering from mental ill-health.
5 August 2020

Introducing Creatively Minded and Young

Harriet Lowe
Our new report features 17 great organisations who work around arts and mental health with children and young people. Here are some of the observations we drew from reading and talking to them about their work.
3 August 2020

Project eARTh: how High Peak Community Arts lifted spirits in lockdown

Alison Bowry
Project eARTh is a rural arts and mental health programme run by High Peak Community Arts, which champions collective working to create both indoor and outdoor artworks for the community.
28 July 2020

Have a go

Chris Fite-Wassilak
With the release this month of the Artist in Time, commissioned by the Baring Foundation, Chris Fite-Wassilak talks about the making of the book and the perspectives it provided.