Sunday, 3 August 2014

木 漏 れ 日

...when sunlight filters through the trees

Thank you for reading this blog, contributing to its content, (knowingly or unknowingly) and for the occasional lovely email. I’m taking a little time out to focus on the more important things in life, so a short and sweet blog this week. I wasn’t going to bother posting anything, but am compelled to let you know that this months blog statistics have been the highest since it first began! We must be doing something right! So this month a big thank you, ačiū, ви благодарам, спасибі, спасибо, дзякуй, 謝謝, dank u, danke, diolch i chi, dziękuję, go raibh maith agat, gracias, grazie, આભાર, merci, ありがとう, tack, tak, takk, terima kasih, teşekkür ederim, 감사합니다 and хвала.

Thoughts that might have been in a longer blog (and that may be expanded another time): the raising of the Palestinian flag in Preston - smiling - the link between Utopia, Ebola and the flu - pain - gratitude - friendship - and the conjoined reality of obesity, comfort and poverty 

For those of you wanting a summer read, click on the image below for the notes of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts Health and Wellbeing held on the 2nd July.

Clore Poetry & Literature Awards 
The Clore Duffield Foundation has announced that the seventh funding round under its £1 million programme to fund poetry and literature initiatives for children and young people across the UK is now open for applications. Through the programme, schools, FE colleges, community groups, libraries and other arts/cultural organisations can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to support participatory learning projects and programmes focused on literature, poetry and creative writing for under 19s. The closing date for applications is the 6th March 2015. Read more at:

Help transform participatory arts in the UK: an invitation
Artists, arts organisations, policy makers, funders, employers, commissioners and training providers across the UK are part of a rich and thriving tradition of participatory arts. Between now and spring 2015, ArtWorks, a Paul Hamlyn Foundation initiative, will publish the final findings from five years’ research to show how, together, we can build on this tradition and reap new benefits by strengthening support for the artists involved. We are driven by a passion for participatory arts and a belief that collaborating to strengthen support for artists will lift the practice to a new level of confidence, recognition and ambition, leading to higher quality experiences for participants. 

Our work draws on the learning of five ArtWorks pathfinder partnerships which have spent the last three years conducting research, building on the wealth of existing good practice and exploring potential solutions to support artists to work in participatory settings. ArtWorks covers the critical roles of all stakeholders in developing practice in participatory settings – from employers and commissioners to training providers, policy makers, funders and artists – by focusing on three key areas of understanding:
  • The training and development needs of artists
  • Methods for promoting quality across all aspects of the work
  • Creating the conditions needed to make change happen
Whether you’ve been actively involved in the supporting artists conversation, or are new to the debate and are interested in improving support for artists, please join us as we prepare to publish our final report and recommendations next spring. You’ll be able to take part in debate through our website and access what we have learned up to now. You’ll also receive regular ArtWorks briefings and comment as we publish findings on everything from learning methods to a code of practice principles, quality benchmarks and research on the ‘demand side’. There’ll be material of interest to all stakeholders. You can download the first of these briefings, covering the headline findings of a unique survey of 1,000 artists at Read more at:

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