LAHF Newsletter – 2 May 2018

Understanding Culture, Health and Wellbeing

London Arts in Health Forum exists to help people learn more about the connection between creativity and health and wellbeing. We have always run events and shared a newsletter but we are changing things around a bit….

As of April 2018, London Arts in Health Forum has changed its newsletter to a monthly update on events, opportunities and news for London. If you are signed up to (and receiving) this newsletter already you don’t need to do anything. You will receive the first of these new updates next week.

We will also be producing a bulletin about the wider culture, health and wellbeing sector despatched (again monthly) on behalf of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance. This will offer a national (and international) perspective on policy developments, funding, changes in health, arts and culture and relevant information for everyone with an interest in creativity, health and wellbeing along with updates on the work of the new Alliance. The first of these went in April and to make sure you receive the May issue, you need to sign up here.

To help deliver these new formats we are recruiting a Head of Communications, information about this post can be found here. The deadline for applications is 18 June 2018.

Before then, LAHF’s Creativity and Wellbeing festival will take place from 4-10 June 2018 offering a showcase of best practice right across the field of culture, health and wellbeing with over 350 lectures, performances, workshops and networking opportunities across London. LAHF has curated events on each weekday focusing on different artforms. On Monday we are exploring music in care settings with contributions from Lord Alan Howarth, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission and Deborah Bull, former dancer and now Assistant Principal at King’s College London.

Tuesday focuses on art and museums with a morning event looking at visual arts and museums followed in the evening by our ever popular Connect event with Paintings in Hospitals. On Wednesday we are investigating theatre with two workshops, one exploring theatre in hospitals, the other examining the ways theatre connects communities through health.

On Thursday a host of leading dance practitioners, clinicians and participants will look at dance and ageing and specifically the different ways that dance unlocks creative approaches to ageing and connects with clinical approaches to health and wellbeing. While Friday is a day dedicated to literature with people writing Healthy Haikus and an evening event bringing together writers and poets, patients and participants to talk about reading, writing and wellbeing.

None of these events cost more than £5 and together they offer a great insight into contemporary quality approaches to creativity in health and wellbeing. The full programme of events is available at

To help us capture the breadth and impact of the Week we are commissioning an artist to visually represent some of the events and offer a response to what goes on. The deadline for expressions of interest is 20 May 2018 and details are here.

Finally, LAHF is offering another of its popular training opportunities for clinicians to gain an understanding of the connection between creativity and wellbeing, learn about evaluating the impact of creative interventions and learn about the history of arts and health. The training is taking place on 21 June 2018. Details are here.

This is an exciting time for culture, health and wellbeing and LAHF will bring you all you need to know about work in this area as it changes and develops. A great way to catch all the information we want to share with you is via our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Or just email us -!

The next issue of the LAHF newsletter will be sent next week. Do please send us news items, events and announcements for inclusion, please email suggestions to by 4 May. Please note this email address is only checked weekly; for any urgent enquiries please use We always welcome input and feedback so please feel free to email us at