The arts as intervention: improving child health

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Event details

Event date: 
12 June 2017
Event duration: 
2 hours
Type of event: 
Discussion / debate / seminar
All ages
Access for wheelchair users: 
Venue name: 
Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Lagoon
Great Ormond Street


Ticketing information: 
Free, booking essential. Book online via Eventbrite.
Ticket availability: 
Limited places

About the event

To explore how the arts can be used to improve child health, we are partnering with Great Ormond Street Hospital bringing together artists, curators, researchers and museum experts to examine the ways that integrating the arts into health and social care can give children the best start in life.

Key figures in arts and health including Susie Hall (Head of Arts at Great Ormond Street Hospital), Caro Howell (Director of the Foundling Museum) and Dr Daisy Fancourt (BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker and Research Fellow in the Centre for Performance Science) take part in a panel discussion chaired by Damian Hebron (Director of London Arts in Health Forum). We will be looking at the social determinants of health and how participation in and access to the arts can intervene in generational cycles of poor health and wellbeing, as well as how the arts and creativity can be used to aid recovery and produce a healthy society.

The event will also feature poet, author and spoken word artist Hollie McNish whose poetic memoir Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood won the 2017 Ted Hughes Award for new poetry. In addition, author Cathy Rentzenbrink will discuss the therapeutic value of creativity. Cathy’s novel The Last Act of Love (a Sunday Times Bestseller) was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

Refreshments will be available and the event will be an opportunity to meet a range of people working with the arts to support the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Also at GOSH, the Institute of Child Health Link Gallery will feature a retrospective exhibition showing artworks created by patients taking part in their projects with the Foundling Museum. Booking is essential, more information and booking can be found here:

To book:


Great Ormond Street Hospital & LAHF


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