2016/17 APPG Inquiry Submissions

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) has collaborated on an Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing with King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and the Royal Society for Public Health. The Co-Chair of the APPGAHW is Lord Howarth of Newport. The National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing provides the Secretariat for the APPGAHW and has project managed the Inquiry. The Inquiry is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Wellcome and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. These submissions were received in response to a call for practice examples that was made in the summer of 2016. You can download the full list of submissions here.

Streetwise Opera

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Streetwise Opera uses music to help people make positive changes in their lives. Working with people who have experienced homelessness and other members of the community, we run workshop programmes across England and stage critically-acclaimed operas.

The aim of our work is to increase participants’ physical and emotional wellbeing and increase social inclusion.
Funding sources: Big Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Macquarie Group Foundation, various private trusts and foundations, individual donors and fundraising events.

The Gift

The Gift Rodney Munday
The Gift Rodney Munday

“The Gift,” a sculpture commissioned and funded by Western Sussex Hospitals Trust as a pilot scheme to encourage organ donation, and cast as two examples installed in St. Richard’s Hospital Chichester and Worthing Hospital.

The two sculptures were installed in April 2014, the commission having been granted in November 2012.

MovementWorks® Developmental Dance Movement™ Programme

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Aims and Objectives: MovementWorks® is a research driven organisation providing inclusive dance movement programmes that are mainstream and SEND appropriate. The Developmental Dance Movement™ Programme is designed to accelerate learning; integrating core curriculum and early learning goals whilst optimising physical development and enhancing global understanding and communication.  Previous studies evidence very promising results and highlight particular benefits for children with developmental delay.

Taking the Line for a Walk - Discovering a Creative Identity, The Learning Lab and Front Room Gallery

Joyce Armstrong  Art Psychotherapist and Group Facilitator

Aware of the need for access to meaningful art activity in an environment that was outside of statutory health institutions, the facilitator considered how she could enable people who are experiencing mental ill health, and who often feel excluded from the communities in which they live, the opportunity to become involved creatively at the very heart of our city.

The Storybox Project

The Storybox Project

The Storybox Project is a creative storymaking project which engages, enlivens and empowers people living with a dementia, alongside the people that support them.

Originally funded as a pilot my Manchester City Council in 2010, it was then developed further through 3 years of funding by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Now it is predominantly a commissioned project, working with CCGs, public health teams, and individual care-homes.


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To aid further research and development of X-System into additional uses to support more rapid, successful and economic outcomes in health care.

Description of the arts activity

Drawing Life

Life Drawing Janet Hemsley

DRAWING LIFE aims to bring life drawing classes to people living with dementia and to exhibit selected work in public galleries.  An unanticipated consequence has been the positive effect the classes have had on carers.  The act of drawing has offered new ways for carers to communicate with and respect participants.    

Raw Sounds

Raw Sounds

Raw Material is a music and media education organisation in Brixton, South London

St Albans Arts on Prescription

St Albans Arts on Prescription
St Albans Arts on Prescriptio

Planning: October-December 2015
Contacting potential referral agencies: January-February 2016
Receiving referrals: February-March 2016
Delivery: March-June 2016

Public Health England’s Community Mental Health profile for Herts Valleys CCG indicates that in contrast to the generally good health results for St Albans there are some surgeries which are significantly above the England average for the incidence of depression.  These include one which has the highest figure for the entire CCG.

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Not So Grim Up North

Not So Grim Up North

Not So Grim Up North (October 2015-February 2018) is a research project funded by Arts Council England Research Grants Programme (Grant number: 29250851). It is a collaboration between researchers at University College London and museum partners – the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM).

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England