Guidelines

Arts in Mental Healthcare, a framework for practice

Organisation: 
University of the West of England

This framework has been developed from our two year evaluation of ‘Moving On’, an arts in mental health project. The framework identifies five dimensions of good practice for consideration by healthcare organisations and partners seeking to develop strategies for arts in healthcare. The framework has been developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders in mental health care including staff, service users, policy makers and external partners.

Guide for World Class Commissioners. Promoting Health and Well-Being: Reducing Inequalities

Organisation: 
Royal Society for Public Health

A new guide has been published by the Royal Society for Public Health which provides an overview of the commissioning process aimed at providers and commissioners of health improvement services.

ArtsPulse Evaluation Toolkit

Organisation: 
Rotherham MBC

A user friendly guide to evaluating arts and wellbeing projects. The Rotherham ArtsPulse Toolkit was developed as an extension of questionnaires and information collecting techniques that were developed and tested locally by the Arts in Health officer Rhiannon Lister-Coburn. External research was also undertaken by the external evaluator, Pete Mosley - whose role it was to collate the findings and prepare the toolkit for use on the web. http://www.rotherham.gov.uk

When the Architects Leave: Maintaining artwork in the hospital environment

Organisation: 
Public Art Southwest, Josie Aston

A new hospital opens, filled with striking works of public art commissioned from contemporary artists. Along with imaginative architecture and modern interior design, the artwork transforms the patient’s encounter with the hospital environment from an unpleasant but necessary process to an experience that could even be described as uplifting. Impressive photographs appear in the national and trade press, triggering the familiar debate about whether money spent on the arts is somehow diverting funds from essential medical services.

Arts Pulse Toolkit

Organisation: 
Rotherham MBC

Taking part in the arts is good for you as well as fun! This is the message we have gained from our 'Artspulse' project, which set out to test whether people had a greater sense of well-being from taking part in a range of arts activities. So far the study shows that arts projects have many health benefits, including confidence building, aiding relaxation, teaching new skills and developing social & group working skills. We have evaluated a number of our Arts in Health projects and from this we have developed a toolkit which may be of interest to community groups and project leaders.

Guidelines for Commissioning and Selecting Artists and Craftspeople

Organisation: 
Public Art Southwest

Quality design within the built and natural environment is an issue of growing importance, with new initiatives stemming from central and local government and via bodies like the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment (CABE), Regional Development Agencies, English Partnerships etc.Regeneration and public realm projects increasingly plan for public art and consider the role that culture should play.However, quality in the built environment is a commonly held objective, but one which, in practice, requires a clear understanding of the differing roles of designers and creative practiti

Undertaking a Commission: Guidance Notes for Artists

Organisation: 
Public Art Southwest

Realising a public art commission is a complex affair, involving a wide range of interested parties: local politicians, planners, safety officers, the funding body, local community, local council, sub contractors and, not least, the artist. Successful completion of the project requires two things: firstly, that all parties know and play their role effectively and, secondly, that there is very good communication between them.

Artists in the Public Realm Health and Safety

Organisation: 
Public Art Southwest

Our society is an increasingly risk averse one, the consequences of which, at times, seem laughable, from the tales of trees being removed because of the danger posed by sodden leaves to the playground banning of the seemingly innocent game of conkers. These moves may appear a ridiculous response by an overcautious bureaucracy. However, they are, unfortunately, indicative of a risk averse society driven by the notion of blame, where accidents don't just happen, and where there is always someone at fault.

Be Prepared! Decommissioning Public Art

Organisation: 
Public Art Southwest

It’s a sad fact that public artworks won’t last forever. Like most of the elements which make up our public realm, they deteriorate, become outdated, or need to be “redeveloped”. As we hit the 21st century, many of the artworks commissioned during the initial growth of public art commissioning in the 1970s and 80s are coming to the end of their lives. It’s a sadder fact that almost none of them will have any decommissioning agreement in place, nor will the Local Authority in whose area they fall have a policy to address it.

Advice on Project Management

Organisation: 
Public Art Southwest

Over the last few years, informed by national and regional bodies such as the Commission for the Built Environment (CABE), the Regional Development Agencies and Public Art South West, both public and private sector organisations have begun to recognise the contribution that artists can make to regeneration and development.

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