Nottinghamshire County Council Arts Service supports a wide range of arts activities across the County. We work with partners to build a thriving arts sector and to provide a host of opportunities for people to engage in high quality arts activities".
On this page you can find case study examples of how we work with our partners, and how we are developing opportunities for all people to engage with the arts to explore and develop their creative talents.
- Arts and Health / Wellbeing case studies
- Young People's Arts Award and Disability Report
- Older people case studies
- Baring Foundation Report - Ageing Artfully
- Queen Margaret's University - Centre for the Older Person's Agenda research study
The arts can play an important role in individual and community wellbeing. Here you can access more information on how artists and arts organisations have worked with partners and communities to deliver wellbeing projects across the County. The articles represent work being delivered across a number of themed areas: Older people, mental health, children and young people, and current PCT priorities:
Young People's Arts Award supports young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills and to achieve a national qualification. In Nottinghamshire we decided to investigate how accessible the Award was to young people with disabilities. The research was undertaken by consultant, Lizzie Watt, and the report will be available here shortly.
Taking part in the arts can provide huge benefits for older people. Across Nottinghamshire a number of older people's arts projects have been successful in getting more people involved in creative activity. The following are a selection of participant's experiences of participating in the arts:
Baring Foundation Report - Ageing Artfully
In 2009 the Baring Foundation launched a new fund for arts organisations in the UK working in a participative way with older people. This mapping study of UK practice in this area primarily looks at the kind of work that could be supported by this fund.
The report begins with the broad context of our aging society, the discrimination and disadvantage faced by older people and at the voluntary sector organisations that serve them.
It moves on to give a picture of arts organisations working with older people based on 120 short case studies
To read the full report vist their website: http://www.baringfoundation.org.uk/AgeingArtfully.pdf
Queen Margaret's University - Centre for the Older Person's Agenda research study
This study looked at older people's experience of creativity in relation to wellbeing within a Scottish context.
Key findings from this study were that the feeling of belonging to a community was important. Most co-participants liked a wide choice of arts activities and were often introduced to new ideas by their friends. They sought sustained, in-depth art experiences where they felt challenged and stimulated, rather than short, superficial courses; some like to strive towards a finished product and were critical about their own achievements, while for others, taking part was more important. The stimulation of new forms of creativity was perceived to be beneficial to mental and physical wellbeing, but the activities had to be fun as well."
Read the full report website: