All-Party Parliamentary Group
on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Creative Health:
The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

culture

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) was formed in 2014 and aims to improve awareness of the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing. During 2015–17, the APPGAHW conducted an Inquiry into practice and research in the arts in health and social care, with a view to making recommendations to improve policy and practice. Our partners in this Inquiry have been the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, King’s College London, the Royal Society for Public Health and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. We are extremely grateful to our funders, Wellcome, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Report

The Inquiry Report, Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing, presents the findings of two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists and arts administrators, academics, people in local government, ministers, other policy-makers and parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament.

Short Report

The Short Report presents a summary in 16 pages. It includes the Key Messages, Recommendations and Next Steps from the full report. A number of service users and expert patients contributed to the Inquiry, many of whom returned to take part in a focus group attended by the artist, David Shrigley. David’s drawings illustrate the Short Report and this webpage.

 
The arts can reconstruct you
How's my brain?
The arts are like glue

Podcasts

As part of the Inquiry process, more than 300 people from all parts of the country took part in round tables and meetings in the Houses of Parliament. We would particularly like to acknowledge those who have been so generous in telling us of their own personal experiences of how the arts have benefited their health and wellbeing. Five service users and expert patients were recorded in conversation with Baroness Young of Hornsey to create these podcasts.
Sing your song

Arthur

 
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Gilly

 
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Jason B

 
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Jason S

 
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Thomson

 
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Videos

Four service users and expert patients were filmed in conversation with Lord Howarth of Newport to create these videos.
Art helps you see

Keith

Keith

Video interview with Keith
 

Di

Di

Video interview with Di
 

Eva

Eva

Video interview with Eva
 

Shaun

Shaun

Video interview with Shaun
 

Policy Briefings

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing has developed policy briefings in collaboration with the Association of Directors of Public Health, Local Government Association, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Social Care Institute for Excellence and What Works Centre for Wellbeing.
The arts - Lost soul

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing Report

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing Report

 
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Local Government Support for Health and Wellbeing through the Arts and Culture

Local Government Support for Health and Wellbeing through the Arts and Culture

 
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The Role of the Arts and Culture in Social Care

The Role of the Arts and Culture in Social Care

 
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Arts Engagement and Wellbeing

Arts Engagement and Wellbeing

 
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The Role of Arts and Cultural Organisations in Health and Wellbeing

The Role of Arts and Cultural Organisations in Health and Wellbeing

 
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This is not an official publication of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or their committees. All-party parliamentary groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in this report are those of the group.

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Kings College London
GSTC
RSPB
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
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Arts and Humanities Research Council
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