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1 June 2020

‘A feeling of belonging’: heritage and mental health

Laura Drysdale, Restoration Trust
Laura Drysdale of the Restoration Trust explains how the history and landscapes of Burgh Castle in Great Yarmouth are helping people's mental health.
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.
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.
27 April 2020

The Strengthening Civil Society programme – our current and future funding priorities

David Sampson
The Foundation's Deputy Director sets out the next priorities for the Strengthening Civil Society programme which supports the use of the law by civil society to create social change.
Strengthening Civil Society
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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