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18 May 2020

Creatively Minded – a lockdown update

David Cutler
David Cutler reflects on the ingenuity of the particpatory arts sector as it adapts to going online and looks forward to our first funding round for Arts & Mental Health in July.
Arts
12 May 2020

British Ceramics Biennial: Reflections on the benefits and challenges of online creativity during Covid-19

Kat Evans and team
Artists and participants at the British Ceramics Biennial Health programme reflect on delivering and taking part in a programme centred usually around clay in a studio.
Arts
20 April 2020

The transformative power of comedy: the Comedy Asylum

Sallie Varnam
The Comedy Asylum is a unique platform for people involved with Leicester mental health services to develop and showcase their comedic abilities including at the Leicester Comedy Festival.
Arts
14 April 2020

Participatory arts in an age of physical distancing – responses from the Arts & Mental Health sector

Harriet Lowe
Five organisations told us how they are continuing to deliver creative sessions to participants, how they are trying to bridge the digital divide at short notice, and what they are learning from the COVID-19 experience.
Arts
8 April 2020

Creative ageing – the COVID-19 crisis and after

David Cutler
The magnificent response from the arts to support older people in isolation is not an accident - but down to the growth of a powerful creative ageing movement. Support must continue even in incredibly tough times for the arts.
Arts
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
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
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