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12 November 2020

Come with us on the journey

Kirsten Kearney
esc films in Belfast work with participants facing complex challenges including mental health problems to turn their stories into powerful, compelling films. Find out more in this blog from their Chief Executive, Kirsten Kearney.
2 November 2020

In the spotlight: Jen at JustRight

Jannat Hossain
In the spotlight shines a light on the work of some of our grantees, profiling the people behind the grant. First up, our Programmes Officer spoke to human rights lawyer, Jen Ang, partner at JustRight Scotland about all aspects of her work.
Strengthening Civil Society
26 October 2020

Legal action in a pandemic: four stories

Harriet Lowe
How are legal organisations supporting people during the pandemic? Last week, Foxglove, JustRight Scotland, Public Interest Law Centre and COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice told us about their work this year.
Strengthening Civil Society
21 October 2020

An Artist in Time: Bisakha Sarker

Baring Foundation
Bisakha Sarker is a dancer, choreographer and facilitator - she was interviewed in The Artist in Time, which celebrates the lives and work of artists born before 1950. You can also hear her speak at a launch of the book.
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.