New national body for culture, health and wellbeing

Following the announcement of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio Organisations, we are pleased to announce that The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing will be merging with the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing to become a new Sector Support Organisation - the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA). Funded by Arts Council England as part of the National Portfolio Fund 2018-2022, the new organisation will be led by Arts and Health South West.

Launch of "Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing", London – 27 June 2017

The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama invites you to the launch of Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing (Methuen, 2017). Edited by Veronica Baxter and Katharine Low, Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing is the first volume in the field to address the role that theatre, drama and performance have in relation to promoting, developing and sustaining health and wellbeing in diverse communities.

The Big Half Community Launch event – 17 May 2017

The Big Half is a new festival for local communities in four key London boroughs, engaging with faith groups, community organisations, sports and arts clubs, youth groups and other community based institutions.

Sported and London Marathon Events will bring the Big Half to Greenwich, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Lewisham in March 2018: A major mass participation event that celebrates London’s multi-cultural diversity, brings local communities together to inspire social change, and welcomes all ages and abilities.  

Arts in Health Research Cluster: Launch and Talks, Limerick – 30 March 2017

The launch of a newly established Arts in Health Research Cluster will take place on 30 March 2017 at The Health Hub, Rutland Street in Limerick City. Formed by academics, clinicians, patients and artists from the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Institute of Technology and the Limerick School of Art and Design, the group is the brainchild of Dr.

Research into literature, nature and wellbeing

Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing is a new 2-year AHRC funded research project exploring links between literature, health and environmentalism over the last century. It will look at current research into nature and wellbeing and the role of the arts and humanities in developing this relationship.

Libraries deliver

The Government-led Libraries Taskforce has published its ambitions for libraries citing their role in helping people live “healthier and happier lives” as a priority.

The paper, which includes a number of recommendations for local and central Government, focuses on libraries’ role in providing health information and increasing health literacy as well as in reducing social isolation.

All Our Health

Public Health England has issued a framework of tools and resources called ‘All Our Health’ for all health and care professionals to embed and extend prevention, health protection and promotion of wellbeing and resilience into the delivery of health and social care.

All Our Health provides a framework and tools and resources to support this ‘health promoting practice’ with quick links to evidence and impact measures and top tips on what works.

Culture Health and Wellbeing

The second international conference on culture, health and wellbeing will take place in Bristol next June. Building on the success of the first conference in 2013, it will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research and will focus on the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course.

Exhibiting Pain Galleries

An online project exploring creative representations of living with long-term physical pain is seeking contributions and feedback.

The galleries show different people’s experience of their condition and viewers are invited to view these and share your thoughts or ask questions in response, no specialist knowledge or experience is required!

Strategy for public health

Public Health England has published its strategic plan for the next four years focusing on reducing health inequalities.

The plan examines how changes in public health funding will be rolled out and how PHE will try to ensure these are fair across the country. It also includes a role for new technology and changes in how health interventions are delivered locally.


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