Category Archives: Music & arts

A real public art project

TweetMaking art as well as historic buildings accessible to all is something I’ve blogged about before, so I wanted to share these images (all by photographer Martin Brown) from a collaborative event which encouraged people to get creative in a … Continue reading

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Ageing and art: tackling isolation among older people

TweetOne in six of us – that’s 10 million people in the UK – are over 65 years old. By 2050, this number will have nearly doubled to around 19 million, or one in four, according to government figures. In … Continue reading

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British-Brazilian music project tackles social inclusion

TweetResearch from Goldsmiths University recently suggested that wealthier people are more musical. While it’s obvious that higher income families find it easier to stump for private piano lessons and expensive instruments, music has a place in boosting inclusion and there … Continue reading

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Creative minds drive debate about learning disability art

Tweet“People say to me how great it is that I ‘help’ people with learning disabilities to make their own films but I don’t do this out of charity. Far from it. I do what I do because I am excited … Continue reading

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Art works explore the world of work

TweetHow blurred are the lines between work and leisure, thanks to the impact of technology on our working lives? Does anyone still really work only an eight hour day? And what about the rising numbers of self-employed people in our … Continue reading

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Radio raises awareness: The Archers mental health storyline

TweetI recall listening to Radio 4’s The Archers as a teenager on long hot summer afternoons; the “heatwave” summer of 1976 springs to mind. As with listening to cricket, the radio soap helped me to relax and I warmed to … Continue reading

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Drawing and democracy: painting project to boost interest in politics

TweetDid you know Big Ben isn’t the name of the clock or the tower at the Houses of Parliament, but refers to the great bell inside the building? How about the fact that the word “parliament” comes from the French, … Continue reading

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Images of caring captured on camera

Tweet These candid images of caring are among the photographs in a new exhibition that focuses on the role of carers and disability. Capturing the bond between disabled children and young adults and their parents, professionals, siblings and friends, tonight’s … Continue reading

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More autistic people should be able to volunteer

TweetMy experience proves the benefits of volunteering for people with autism. I was born in 1959 and diagnosed with autism in 1963, at age four. I was one of Sybil Elgar’s first pupils at her progressive school. She was a … Continue reading

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Hope, health and happiness: new show at arts charity

TweetHope is the focus of a new exhibition by artists from the CoolTan arts and mental health charity. Stayin’ Alive, which opens today, includes works in different media including oil on canvas, acrylic, printmaking and sculpture. The stigma-breaking south London-based … Continue reading

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