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Artists and wellbeing: Ria Hartley, ecologies of care artist

ecologies of care was initiated by artist Ria Hartley in 2018. The project comprises a growing toolkit of resources designed to support artists who have access requirements to express their needs. Hartley speaks to Lydia Ashman about the toolkit and why artists’ health and wellbeing should be a sector-wide priority. This resource is available in text format and also as a video format sound recording.

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Artists and mental health: Liz Atkin, #CompulsiveCharcoal artist

London-based artist Liz Atkin creates work both in response to and as way of coping with compulsive skin picking. Alistair Gentry finds out more about her art practice, and the advocacy and education work she undertakes to help others understand and deal with this and other body-focused repetitive behaviour conditions.

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Artists and mental health: The Bethlem Gallery

The Bethlem Gallery in Bromley provides a professional platform for artists who have experienced mental health difficulties. Alistair Gentry speaks to the gallery’s director Beth Elliot about the organisation and how it fosters a supportive artist-focussed environment.

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Artists and mental health: Hospital Rooms

Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that believes in the enduring power of the arts to instil value, dignity and wellbeing in people. Alistair Gentry speaks to Curator Niamh White about how the project enables access to art and culture for people using secure and locked mental health services.

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Blog Post

Light, Critical Care and Delirium

For patients in intensive care and HDU, the environment can be frightening and disorientating. Sense of time disappears and without a view out, any connection to life outdoors and weather conditions is hard to maintain. This week at James Cook […]

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Resource Guide

Why artists move: a guide to relocating

In recent years many artists have moved from major conurbations to smaller towns or cities in the UK, with access to cheaper work space and accommodation, improved health and wellbeing, and the need for stronger community networks among the factors influencing their decision to relocate. In this guide, Dan Thompson explores the many and varied reasons why artists move to a new place.

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Why artists move: top tips on relocating from artists, gallerists and tutors

Nine artists share their stories and advice on how to make the most of moving your home and practice to a new location. In this follow up to Dan Thompson’s guide to relocating, artists working across a range of practice areas discuss how they found new networks, refuelled their practice and sought out support mechanisms following a move.

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Blog Post

It may End but it won’t be Over

Yesterday I was in London. A small amount of snow brought the city into a state of chaos. It makes me laugh. It was hardly anything. Last year I was in Helsinki. Minus 26 degrees of Celsius. Everything was still […]

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Blog Post

Can artists levitate?

Lloyds Bank recently bought a double page spread in the Guardian weekend magazine (18.11.17) “Spread your wings with a portfolio career”. This advert, written like a magazine article, contains all the usual elements and advice about starting a portfolio career; […]

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Blog Post

casting an eye back over july and august

my view out of the window this morning is one of wind blown tress, overcast sky and eldest daughter cleaning her rat’s cage.  its the last week of the holidays and i’ve had to abandon plans of editing this morning. […]

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‘Shoal’ brings new light to Biosciences!

Installed in August 2017 in the Biosciences Department of Durham University, this stunning installation sweeps through the space and is transforming the atrium with an amazing display of light and colour. On loan from the National Glass Centre and located […]

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January 2017 – Durham University Artist in Residence

An exciting start to 2017 with my appointment as Artist in Residence at Durham University. Supported by the Leverhulme Trust, this appointment will enable me to build on the exciting work currently underway in the En’Light’en project, which has been […]

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