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Alan Howarth speaking to the House of Lords via zoom
“The cultural and VCSE sectors have a key role to play in reducing health inequalities”
Hidden Lives, Hidden Gems is looking for contributions from creative practitioners, researchers, artists, academics and others to a workshop symposium programme, which will take place over two days in a central London location.
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image shows a group of older people in a radio studio posing with dramatic expressions. There are speakers and a mixing table, a clock showing 11.30am and some posters on the back wall.
Meet Me on The Radio poster, Entelechy Arts. Image credit: Roswitha Chesher
The ‘Discoveries in Distanced Arts: The work, wonder, and wear of remote creative programmes’ report provides insights into the impacts of Covid-19 on cultural and creative sectors and shares learning on how to develop remote creative programmes.

Blog

Facilitating the integration of arts and culture into healthcare settings Marcus Janusz and Eleri Watson are students of Occupational Therapy at Northumbria University. They have just completed a twelve-week, role-emerging placement with Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums and Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.
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An etching of a falcon or kestrel and one of its tail feathers
Credit: A falcon or kestrel and one of its tail feathers. Etching by Eliza D. (Wellcome Collection)
What have you been doing today? 
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Astronomy: a section through the earth, showing the atmosphere. Engraving. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY
Astronomy: a section through the earth, showing the atmosphere. Engraving. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY
As life began to return to normal in the UK in 2021, research by Bath University was a stark reminder that it is not only COVID-19 that is having a major impact on young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Stories of lived experience

Hidden Lives, Hidden Gems is looking for contributions from creative practitioners, researchers, artists, academics and others to a workshop symposium programme, which will take place over two days in a central London location.
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Photograph of Dominique De-Light
I have written for as long as I can remember. Short stories created aged ten, fictionalising life or fantasy worlds to escape to. A weekly journal scrawled in an exercise book, started aged thirteen, kept up throughout my life. A regular outpouring of emotion, record keeping and analysis.
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Oriana White artwork with quote, "through creativity we begin to heal."
Oriana White
" Part of life is to nurture our creative needs.  This has also become a coping mechanism and a self-soothing technique which has been extremely helpful during times of difficulty and now perhaps even more so with the Coronavirus lockdown."

A Day in the Life

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An etching of a falcon or kestrel and one of its tail feathers
Credit: A falcon or kestrel and one of its tail feathers. Etching by Eliza D. (Wellcome Collection)
What have you been doing today? 
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Ahmed Farooqui in his home studio
Ahmed Farooqui
" After working in the voluntary and public sector as project and change manager for nearly three decades I decided to fully immerse myself in my art practice. After a number of years of research based studio practice (sculpture & installation) I became increasing committed to socially engaged art."
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Bini Atkinson Pandemic 1
Bini Atkinson
" During the last 15 years my work has centred around my health as I grow older. I’ve documented and interpreted my medical notes/ scans and worked alongside my surgeon in providing evidence for art/creative acts having benefits to healing and wellbeing."

International

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The National Organization for Arts in Health is pleased to invite presenters to submit a proposal for the fifth annual second virtual national conference, The Art of Resilience on October 19 – 21, 2021.
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Hear and Now 2019 in Bedford, co-produced by Orchestras Live and the Philharmonia Orchestra © Beth Walsh
Hear and Now 2019 in Bedford, co-produced by Orchestras Live and the Philharmonia Orchestra © Beth Walsh
An invitation on behalf of the international Music for Social Impact research project fun
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a woman discusses a picture at the Crocker Museum with a group of seated women
Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California
Seeking participants for new online study to find out.