August 2016

Arts & Health in the Media 

Invisible Worlds planned for Eden Project

Engaging ‘hard to reach’ families with young children through music

The state of the arts in Canada

Horticultural therapy program in Lexington reconnects residents to themselves, others

Art as therapy for Fukushima children

Museum art and Alzheimer's program connects with creativity

Arts and interventions for health and well-being

Remarkable Photos Document One Man's Journey With Mental Illness

Young Inmates Help Turn Solitary Confinement Cells Into Art Spaces Workplace wellbeing is worth investment

Arts Health blogs

Clive Parkinson’s arts and health blog


Powys Mental Health Blog


Creativity Works Director's Blog

Research, publications & Resources

ArtsMinds mental health website A series of high-profile suicides among actors has prompted the launch of a new initiative aimed at raising the awareness of stress and mental wellbeing in the entertainment sector. 


Launch of the National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare Over the past few years a network has been forming across the UK of organisations and individuals working in partnership with healthcare services to provide music making programmes in hospitals, hospices and community settings. This network has now formed an Alliance so that we can advocate for our work with one strong, coherent voice.


The Arts Dividend: Why Investment in Culture Pays  Darren Henley reflects on the value of our arts and cultural landscape, after journeying around England in his first year as Chief Executive of Arts Council England.


Guide offers blueprint for dementia friendly performances A new guide to staging dementia friendly performances has been launched by West Yorkshire Playhouse (WYP), two years after it staged the UK’s first “dementia friendly” show.


The art of being mentally healthy: a study to quantify the relationship between recreational arts engagement and mental well-being in the general population


Cultural Commissioning Programme This documents learning from our two commissioning partner pilots, Kent County Council and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, on using arts and cultural organisations to deliver outcomes for health, wellbeing and communities. It makes recommendations for improving commissioning and procurement processes to enable better engagement by the arts and cultural sector, and includes case studies and resources.


Creative arts for care homes championed by Scottish Care Inspectorate Scotland’s social care scrutiny and improvement body is campaigning to support access to the creative arts for people living in care homes, distributing a new pack created through a partnership between the Care Inspectorate, Creative Scotland and Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival.

The pack includes educational tools, a DVD and hints and tips on working with professional artists, and aims to motivate and enable care staff to support those they care for to participate in the creative arts, either in a care home, or in their local community.


New guide to participation in health innovation from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity The art of involving people in health innovation' is based on interviews with local health innovators funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. It addresses the challenges of developing and delivering new health projects with the involvement of professionals, people who use health services, and the wider public.


The European Reminiscence Network The European Reminiscence Network aims to promote best practice in reminiscence work and to share experience across national frontiers. Co-ordinated by Pam Schweitzer since its inception in 1993, the Network now has partners in 20 countries and many associates in USA, Canada, India, Latin America, Australia and the Far East. The partners work together to develop international projects, focusing on particular areas of reminiscence work and drawing in new and existing partners as co-operators with relevant interests and skills. All these projects are documented and externally evaluated, and some have resulted in widely used publications.

Funding Info and resources


Creative Partnerships Australia’s


Not Finished Yet: Art Therapy Exhibition Patients from Royal Trinity Hospice invite you to share in their experiences through this unique exhibition of their work. Please join us for an inspiring evening, with the opportunity to meet the artists and learn about the benefits of art therapy in hospice care.

15th Sept 6 - 8.30pm, RSVP 020 7787 1089

Island Collaborations, Chelsea from 26 September 2016 Kate Hughes’ exhibition explores the lives of cystic fibrosis patients, and how cross-infection rules affect their experiences. 

Sept 26th to 3rd Oct, Chelsea Old Town Hall gallery, 1st Floor, Kings Road, London, email


Events & Conferences 

Children and the Arts Summit The International One-day Conference open to all interested whose remit is children and the arts or who work with disadvantaged or vulnerable children and young people.

3rd and 4th Oct, The Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen


Pain/ting Past & Present: A Walking Tour of Hospital Arts and Health Can the arts heal emotional and physical pain? Is the creative process crucial, or the art itself? Should art always be soothing, or can challenging artwork be good for us? How can we measure the 'value' of arts for health? Explore these questions through a walking tour of Southmead Hospital. 

2nd Sept, 2pm - 3pm, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK


Event - In conversation with Catherine Crock Dr Catherine Crock Founder of Hush, creating soul-soothing music for hospital environments. For nearly 20 years, Dr Crock has been working towards a kinder healthcare system for patients. Driven by the simple yet often overlooked question: “What do you need to make this process easier?”

15th Sept, 6.30pm, 11 Princes Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia 


Creative and Credible Seminar: Evidencing the Impact of Arts for Health and Wellbeing Part of the Douglas Alfred Bunce Memorial Lecture Series 2016. Led by Professor Norma Daykin.

6th Oct, 10am - 4pm, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, UK


International Health Humanities Conference The International Health Humanities Network conference theme is "art and humanities for social inclusion, education and health: creative practice and mutuality". The event will be hosted by the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Seville, and feature Steven C Schlozman (Harvard Medical School), Aaron Williamon (Royal College of Music), Susan Hogan (Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham) and Pilar Mª Domínguez Toscano (Professor and President of the Andalusian Association of Art Therapy). Registration and paper submissions are now open.

15th Sept, Seville, Spain


THE CREATIVE AGE | Global Perspectives on Creativity & Aging NCCA Conference and Leadership Exchange 2-Day Leadership Exchange and Conference, attendees can also register for a constellation of cultural, learning, and professional development events sited throughout the cultural treasures of Washington DC. Attendees will experience an unparalleled gathering of global leaders in creative aging in settings uniquely tailored to provide global perspectives that inform national and local expression of creative aging.

25th Sept, Washington D.C., USA.


The World Summit on Arts and Culture The World Summit on Arts and Culture is staged by IFACCA, in partnership with one of its national members, every two to three years. The aim of the Summit is to provide national arts councils, ministries of culture and other agencies, the opportunity to discuss key issues of public support for the arts and creativity.

18th to 21st Oct, Valletta, Malta

Royal Society for Public Health: 2016 Health & Wellbeing Awards Ceremony Now in their ninth year, the RSPH’s Health & Wellbeing Awards are the UK's premier scheme for promoting health and wellbeing. There are six categories of awards, including one for Arts & Health.

27th Oct, London, UK

The 8th Annual International Arts and Health Conference. The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, The overarching theme of the conference is "Mental Health and Resilience through the Arts". Three key areas of practice and research will be explored: Mental Health and Resilience, Health and the Arts in Hospitals, Healthcare Services and Health Promotion, Creative Ageing

16th – 18th Nov, Sydney, Australia

Arts, Health and Wellbeing Day Conference The Royal Society for Public Health Special Interest Group is mounting a conference exploring the contrasts and commonalities between theoretical perspectives, research methods and professional practice in creative arts therapies, medical/health humanities and arts, health and wellbeing. Speakers include Paul Crawford, University of Nottingham, Health Humanities Research Priority Area and International Health Humanities Network; Alex Coulter Arts & Health South West; Norma Daykin University of Winchester, Centre for Arts as Wellbeing; Brian Hurwitz King’s College London, Centre for the Humanities and Health; Val Huet British Association of Art Therapy; Angela Fenwick, Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies.

1st Dec, London, UK

The World Congress on Public Health The World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) is held every 2-4 years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and it attracts between 2,000-4,000 delegates. The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues, contributing towards protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level. Registration opens June 2016

3rd – 7th Apr 2017 - Melbourne, Australia

Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference The conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners. 

Speakers include - Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England; Dr Nayreen Daruwalla, Programme Director for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children at SNEHA in Mumbai; Lord Howarth of Newport launching the final report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeings Inquiry and  Dr Iona Heath, former President of the Royal College of GPs. Performances by Julian West and Neil Valentine


19th, 20th and 21st June 2017, Bristol, UK


Call for papers

Study of bespoke hospital artwork - callout for contributions An international study is exploring the increasing practice of commissioning purpose-built artwork in hospitals designed to specifically address the needs of patients. The study is looking for UK examples of artwork commissioned for the needs of particular patient groups.


Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference Call for abstracts which provoke new ways of researching, conceptualising and creating and will encourage delegates to question assumptions and learn about different approaches to current issues and areas of practice. Call for Abstracts closes November 20th 2016. Other themes invited include abstracts that:

  • Inform the development or effectiveness of arts and health practice

  • Advance understanding of participants' experiences of participatory arts for health/wellbeing (including artists' experiences)

  • Advance knowledge and understanding of the role and impact of arts and culture on health and wellbeing

  • Inform the development of health, arts and cultural policy in relation to health and wellbeing

  • Advance the development of methodologies for arts and health research


Opportunities & Training

Interim Director - Creative Therapies

Art Psychotherapist, Kings Lynn/Lingwood, UK


Heritage Manager to lead the heritage team and oversee the museum and archives of the British Red Cross


Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing online course from September 2016 An eight-week online course for personal and professional development, led by Lapidus members. The new course begins on 12 September, and is part of the Professional Writing Academy (PWA) suite of courses. Email or


Royal Opera House callout for collaboration with Arts and Health Organisations The Royal Opera House are reaching out to arts and health organisations in an attempt to engage service users with a subsidized performance of The Nutcracker, performed by The Royal Ballet, in December at Covent Garden, London. Each year the Royal Opera House invites a specific audience to attend a special event, see a ballet and take part in a range of creative and inspiring activities as well as receive free digital and printed resources in the run up to the performance. This year the focus is on organisations that advocate and support the arts, health and wellbeing. Contact Bernadette Coote, Community Engagement Officer, Royal Opera House,, 020 7212 9684