New alliance championing the role of arts in health and social care

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The campaign, ‘Arts in health: improving lives’ showcases projects throughout England that demonstrate how arts, creativity and imagination help keep the individual resilient, aid recovery and foster a flourishing society.

Alex Coulter, Chair of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, said: “Engaging in the arts and creativity has a demonstrable impact on individuals’ wellbeing and health outcomes. Our case studies include examples of arts in health projects reducing reliance on GP consultation for those with depression, reducing the isolation of people with dementia who live in rural areas and coping with the trauma of illness and recovery following a stroke.”

National alliance

The new national alliance aims to provide a clear and focused voice to articulate the role creativity can play in health and wellbeing.

The alliance is the result of work which started in 2010 to develop a national voice for arts and health. Supported by Arts Council England, this work has also involved the development of a Charter for arts health and wellbeing and the creation of a website which provides resources and examples of how creative activity can benefit health and wellbeing. The website also provides practical examples, funding sources, evidence and details of organisations researching and delivery arts in health activity.

International conference

The alliance is currently inviting abstract submissions for its international conference, ‘Culture, health & wellbeing’, to be held in Bristol between 24 and 26 June 2013.

The conference themes are:

  • healthy and creative ageing
  • global health inequalities and culture
  • culture and social determinants of wellbeing.

Abstracts are welcome for oral presentation, poster presentation, participatory workshop and performance/film. Of particular interest are abstracts that provoke new ways of researching, conceptualising and creating and will encourage delegates to question assumptions and learn about different approaches to current issues and areas of practice.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is midnight on 21 December 2012. For more details of the conference, including how to submit and abstract or register, visit

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