Creativity and Wellbeing Week - The Highlights So Far


With just three weeks to go until the start of this years Creativity and Wellbeing week we thought it would be a good time to flag up some of the incredible events we are hosting this year. We will also be flagging up events from around the UK over the next couple of weeks. 

The week is a chance for us to showcase some of the incredible creativity and wellbeing projects happening around the country from exhibitions and workshops to conferences and networking we aim to bring together the arts and health sectors as well as encourage everyone to try out and take part in these activities. You may not think of yourself as creative and  the best thing is you really don't need to be to take part in or benefit.


Creative activity has long been known to have tangible effects on health and quality of life. The arts, creativity and the imagination are agents of wellness: they help keep the individual resilient, aid recovery and foster a flourishing society. 

This year we are thrilled that we are partnering with Southbank for the Creative Health Conference which is the launch event for the the week on June 10th. The conference brings together artists, practitioners, funders and policy-makers in the arts and health sectors to discuss the progress that has been made since the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing released the report Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing in 2017. The conference particularly focuses on innovation and social isolation and loneliness.

Through keynote speeches from leading figures in policy-making and delivery including The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Michael Ellis MP, The Rt Hon Lord Howarth of Newport CBE, Simon Stevens – Chief Executive, NHS England and Gillian Moore CBE – Director of Music, Southbank Centre.  The event will also include panels and breakout sessions with experts in the field, we explore how we can work together in the future to expand on the invaluable cross-sector work that is being done.

If you are already sold on the power of arts and health, possibly work in the field or are looking for information and inspiration. For the fifth year we are partnering with Paintings in Hospitals for Connect 2019, held in the inspiration surroundings of the Menier Gallery.  Join us for an evening of drinks and informal networking amid a new exhibition from Paintings in Hospitals and the Culture, Criticism and Curation course at Central Saint Martins. We’ll be inviting leading thinkers, researchers, commissioners, artists and more. All you need to do is turn up, take part, and see what we can do when we collaborate.

We want to focus this year on supporting artists and the Artists Practising Well event will bring together cultural leaders to explore frameworks of support for creative practitioners working in health and wellbeing contexts. Nicola Naismith, author of the Artists Practising Well will highlight the key findings from her research and together with the panel and audience expertise, will explore current provision and future ambitions.This event is aimed at creative practitioners, commissioners, arts and health organisations, organisations with health and wellbeing strands of work, trustees and funders. 

Last but not least, we are holding a closing event which is aimed at those working in the media called Making it Mainstream as we try to inform, educate and entertain journalists and programme makers on the topic. We are beginning to see the subject being represented in the media. Recent documentaries including Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure and Darcey Bussell: Dancing for Happiness both highlighted the transformative power of creativity. This event will include speakers from both films. We will hear from Daisy Fancourt, who has been working with the BBC on their Everyday Creativity project and will be sharing some research highlights. 

We have also lined up a great panel including Sir Sam Everington, Angela Samata and Daniel Regan to tackle stereotypes and misconceptions about arts and health discuss what exactly social prescribing is or could be as well as talk specifically about the work they are doing in the area. Keep an eye out on here and on social media for other highlights. 


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