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The Centre is being created to advance understanding of the value of arts and culture in the UK and abroad.

The Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Wellcome Trust award is first award to acknowledge arts and humanities research that addresses health and wellbeing in the UK.

A ComRes survey of over 1,000 GPs, commissioned by Aesop in February this year suggests that over 60% of GPs agree that engagement with the arts can support both the prevention of ill health, and NHS staff.

The Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, has announced a £4.5m scheme to support social prescribing. The new fund has the potential to support arts on prescription schemes across the country.

A new partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, Local Trust and the Calouste Gulbenkin Foundation is designed to support empowerment through the arts and creativity.