Sat. Dec 3rd, 2022

Arts & Health South West is a learning, advocacy, networking and development organisation. We want more people to experience the arts and culture for the benefit of their health and wellbeing. We provide learning programmes and resources, advocate with decision-makers and funders, deliver networking events, and support the development of partnerships and collaborations. The aim of the report is to improve awareness of the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing, and to stimulate progress towards making these benefits a reality in the UK.

The journal defines ‘health’ broadly to include physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social and community health. We’re passionate about the importance of the arts in healthcare and the difference it can make to the experiences of our service users and staff. Our creative arts activities take place on the wards, bringing creativity in many forms to inpatients, and can include any artform such as visual art, photography, music, dance, drama, creative writing, reading for wellbeing, poetry.

Wales Arts And Health Organisations Call For Arts To Play Leading Role In a Healthier Wales

Get to know more about the key players and some of the major developments in the field of arts, health and wellbeing. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. And we research the ways we can protect and sustain creative activities in Wales. We undertook in-depth research of our beneficiaries and developed a tool for practitioners, the Digital Sandpit. We created and launched a new digital tool, pARTner up to support the Thriving Communities Funding bid, which encourages cross-sector partnerships and supports cultural organisations of any size to be on an equal footing.

  • We have been busy during lockdown, talking to our members and researching ways of offering support.
  • We are the leading support sector organisation, advocate and expert for arts and health in London.
  • The fund will help you to share your learning, gain new ideas, access funding and develop partnerships across sectors.
  • We were commissioned by the Greater London Authority to produce this Mythbusting Guide.
  • Seminal work has been produced from the beginning of the millennium, which has led to the emergence of the arts and music as topics in health science beyond therapy.
  • Many people are excluded from mainstream arts opportunities, yet it is often these people whose health and wellbeing could be most enhanced through such engagement.

Making and experiencing arts and culture transforms quality of life for individuals and communities. Take a look at the work we’re doing to support health and wellbeing and help us to spread the word about how art can make us feel better. At Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, we understand the powerful health and wellbeing benefits of using the arts within a healthcare setting.

Our work is focused on creating more opportunities for Londoners with the least access, and the most to gain, to engage meaningfully with the arts. We deliver a yearly Creativity and Wellbeing Festival that went from a small London festival to national in 2019 and saw over 50,000 attendees taking part in around 600 events. With their unique mixes of varied contributions from Original Research to Review Articles, Research Topics unify the most influential researchers, the latest key findings and historical advances in a hot research area! Find out more on how to host your own Frontiers Research Topic or contribute to one as an author. You can also read more about our work here, our network here and our governance here. Creative activities as an important source of enjoyment, connection, solace and meaning throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Want to keep up to date with all the news and opportunities in the arts and health sector? We send out a newsletter every fortnight and are also happy to share your news and events. We have been busy during lockdown, talking to our members and researching ways of offering support.

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Arts in health programmes across the country, indeed across the world, are using diverse and dynamic disciplines in a variety of health, care and community settings for expressive, restorative, educational and therapeutic purposes. Some work preventively, some enhance recovery, others improve the quality of life for people with long-term or terminal conditions. The creative arts help make sense of our human condition, making room for the heart and soul to be heard. They encourage active engagement with the world around us, help people to keep learning, connect with each other and contribute to their communities. We support artists, creative practitioners and health professionals across the whole of London and beyond. Promoting excellence and engagement in the field of arts and wellbeing, and extending the reach of the arts to communities and individuals who would otherwise be excluded.

This editorial team for this special collection is happy to accept the full range of article types Frontiers offer. We are keen to receive accounts of creative partnership working between artists, people with lived experience, and researchers that can be presented through case studies, including accounts of community projects. Arts for health is all about the positive effect that active engagement with the arts can have on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.


Articles which need major revision and/or a second round of reviews will require additional time and will be considered for a later issue. We are holistic in approach and believe the arts and humanities have a crucial role to play in medical training, clinician wellbeing and awareness. We believe the arts help us to see and value the patient as a whole person, not just an illness or symptom. We believe the arts will contribute to a culture within health services that is more supportive, empowering, enlightened, personal and humane. We are the leading support sector organisation, advocate and expert for arts and health in London. Through our activities, we work to promote, develop and support the understanding of what the arts can do to contribute to a healthy society, in London and nationally, and by so doing to encourage the use of the arts in settings beyond the mainstream.

Jessica has a background in arts project management previously working for over 15 years in education and community settings as a project manager and consultant. Within a health setting, she previously was Arts Manager for the Cancer Centre Arts Programme at the Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Jessica has worked for the Trust developing the arts programme since 2009 and as Arts Lead since 2011. We believe that keeping this creativity alive, active and accessible to all, will reduce the financial burden of illness, help people to be the best they can be, and foster a healthier, happier, more vibrant, thriving society. In the group you will find opportunities to learn about best practice and host your own sessions as well as space to share your learnings.

By jimmy