Museums and wellbeing survey

The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing is conducting a second sector-wide survey to provide information about the ongoing development of health and wellbeing work in museum. The survey will inform the future of the Alliance as preparations develop for its merger with the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing in 2018.


Civic Engagement for Arts Organisations

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has published the first phase of its report into the civic role of arts organisations. The report looks at the current challenges facing arts organisations pursuing a civic role in communities and lays the ground for policy changes to encourage a greater civic role to be played.


Over the past six months, we have commissioned a series of blogs looking at arts and health across the life course. These were designed to support and lead up to the publication of the APPG report of its inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing. To conclude this series, LAHF Director, Damian Hebron has written a blog about the launch of the Creative Health report and what it means for those working in the field of arts and health.


Creative Health

The report of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing launched on 19th July in the Houses of Parliament. The report, which received widespread attention in press and media, was launched by the Co-Chairs of the APPG, Lord Alan Howarth and Ed Vaizey, MP. It contains 10 recommendations for policy changes to improve the access of everyone to the arts for health and wellbeing. Supported by a comprehensive review of research and practice examples, the report offers a range of resources for everyone working in this area.

APPG Inquiry launch

On 19th June, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts Health and Wellbeing will launch its report into the impact of the arts on health. Conducted over 2 years, the report is the most significant evaluation of the role of the arts on health and wellbeing ever conducted in the UK. Over 200 witnesses contributed to discussions and events and evidence has been drawn from a huge range of sources to assess the impact of different arts and health interventions.

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.

Reading Well scheme to launch in public libraries for people with long-term conditions

The Reading Agency and Society of Chief Librarians are launching a “Reading Well” scheme for long-term conditions. The scheme is part of the Society of Chief Librarians’ Public Library Health Offer and has been developed with leading health organisations and people with lived experience and their carers. It will be available in English public libraries from July 2017.

See the attached press release for more information

Call for papers, “A Sense of Place” – 6 August 2017

The University of Bedfordshire welcomes proposals for a conference - with policymakers in local and regional government, artists and academics through a discussion of the impact of art practice on a sense of place.

Sound Minds Summer Breeze, Battersea – 15 July 2017

A lazy afternoon of reggae, rock, hip hop, blues and surprises from Sound Minds (free admission).

When: Saturday 15 July, 15:00-18:00

Where: The Candlemaker, at 136 Battersea High St. SW11 3JR (close to Sound Minds)

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Training for clinicians – 21 September 2017

LAHF is offering a short introductory course for doctors, allied health professionals and nurses interested in learning more about the potential of the arts to impact on health. The evening will explore historical perspectives on what health and wellbeing has meant to different ages and cultures, examine key evidence for the impact of arts and culture participation, and for specific arts in health interventions and look at specific case studies of arts in health in practice.


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