Arts in Health and Arts Therapies - A Statement Of Principles

Arts in health encompasses a number of different areas of practice including improving healthcare environments, participatory arts activity, medical training and arts therapies. Historically  the practice of arts therapy has been held as distinct from the broader field of arts in health; this has been an artificial and unhelpful separation.

While acknowledging that there are different competencies and areas of practice, arts therapists, like artists working in the field of health and wellbeing, share a conviction that creativity is intrinsic to health for both communities and individuals.

A group of practitioners from the organisations represented on this flyer working in arts in health including academics, art therapists, musictherapists, dramatherapists and researchers met to discuss and agree a shared vision.