What Lies Beyond Objectives and Definitions in Arts and Mental Health?

What Lies Beyond Objectives and Definitions in Arts and Mental Health?

The arts and health sector is being mapped out by potential funders using a tight definition. Creative Scotland sees this activity as being led by professional artists, with explicit artistic and health/wellbeing objectives, and designed to improve health and wellbeing. What activities could be missed by this definition? In particular what arts, culture, health and wellbeing outputs emerge when none of these terms are targeted or defined. (more…)

An Exciting and Growing Community Hub; Paisley Men’s Shed

An Exciting and Growing Community Hub; Paisley Men’s Shed

The hashtag #Shedders is one that is gaining recognition nationally. It denotes the steadily rising Men’s Shed community, a community focussed on supporting men’s mental health and wellbeing.

Men’s Sheds are now being recognised all over the UK and Scotland, with organisations such as the Men’s Sheds Association providing support and guidance in the establishment of local men sheds that are community-driven and member-led entities (Men’s Sheds Association 2022). (more…)

ApArt – A Community Based Therapeutic Arts Intervention

ApArt – A Community Based Therapeutic Arts Intervention

Recently, Paisley’s marvellous STAR Project completed a 9-month long, seasons inspired, arts based therapeutic intervention; ApArt. Funded by Inspiring Scotland Creative Communities Fund, the project supported community members to address feelings of anxiety relating to the COVID 19 lockdown alongside issues around loss of connection and uneasiness regarding re-entry into the social world. With guidance from artist Rachel Mimiec, community members were able to discover, reignite and give full reign to their creativity, a process which had a range of benefits both individually and collectively…

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The Making of Paisley: Communities, Heritage Learning and Regeneration

The Making of Paisley: Communities, Heritage Learning and Regeneration

The Paisley Townscape Heritage Conservation Area Scheme 2 (Paisley TH.CARS2) is a £4.5M regeneration programme led by Renfrewshire Council, with match funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Running since 2016, and due to conclude in 2023, the focus for investment is Paisley’s Town Centre Conservation Area, with the west end of the High Street, New Street and the area around Shuttle Street having particular priority. Paisley TH.CARS2 follows on from a previous regeneration project – Paisley THI/CARS – which focused investment around Causeyside Street. (more…)

Creativity in Regeneration: From a Textile Hub to a Hub of Culture and Creativity.

Creativity in Regeneration: From a Textile Hub to a Hub of Culture and Creativity.

With its Future Paisley programme, Paisley has demonstrated a drive to improve the town’s public spaces through the medium of regeneration, whereby participation and community input has become a key tool of success. The projects created by Future Paisley intersect past, present, and future, by bringing attention to the town’s history through creative events that can revitalise the town and cooperation with the local community to imagine a future of Paisley that deals with this decade’s challenges head on (think; the pandemic and climate crisis). (more…)

FestSpace Film(s)

FestSpace Film(s)

Originally posted on festspace.net, this blog is reproduced here with kind permission.

Barcelona’s FestSpace team has produced a short video to bring together the objectives of the research and to summarise its key outcomes. It includes the perspective of the five cities participating via the contributions of the principal investigators of the project, members of their teams and some stakeholders. (more…)