Regional case studies

The following case studies from each region represented by the National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing, demonstrate the breadth and scope of the arts and health projects being carried out across England.

Open Arts, Essex


Breathe Magic, Guy’s Hospital, Central London

CoolTan Arts – Southwark, London

Harmonious Notes, Southwark


History in the Making - Hackney, London

The Other Side of Waiting, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Speech Bubbles – Southwark, London

Touching Heritage, University College London and University College London Hospitals

Vital Dance - Southwark, Central London 


North East
Sex and Drugs and Rock and…Health

Tilery Lanterns Parade, Stockton-on-Tees


North West
Blackburn Health Centre Arts Integration

From Where You Are – Liverpool

Get into Reading, Liverpool

The Mary Gannon Creative Legacy Project – Teesside, Stockton-on-Tees

Own Now, Bentham

The RNCM Medical Notes Project

Room with a View, Liverpool


South East
Arts in Healthcare - East Sussex

Circle Dance in Dementia, Lewes, East Sussex

Down Time – Stour Valley Arts, Ashford

Drawing Breath, Hastings

Healing Environment & Art Walk – Isle of Wight

Lily and Jonathan, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

St. Mary’s Isle of Wight ‘Healing Environment and Art Walk’ Healing Arts Isle of Wight NHS

Sun Dial: Night Watch

Time Being Stroke, Isle of Wight

Time Being 2 – Isle of Wight

Time Being 7 – Isle of Wight


South West
Franklyn Hospital, Exeter

Berkeley Vale Health Community, Gloucestershire

Light Box – Bristol


West Midlands
Alcohol & Sexual Health Programme for Vulnerable Young People Aged 13-16 – Theatre in Education

 Body Image Dance, Staffordshire

Borderland Voices

Creative Gymnasium

Fit and Funky: Mind Out / Community Vibe CIC


Yorkshire and the Humber
ARTiculate, Rotherham

Breathe, Space 2, Leeds

Space 2: Voices of the Day Choir – East Leeds


Arts in Health: Improving Lives is a campaign implemented by the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, an organisation designed to support arts and health workers across the country. The National Alliance will operate an online hub through which information can be disseminated and stories shared by organisations, practitioners and patients to highlight the role creativity can play in health and wellbeing. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the role of the arts in both prevention and treatment of illness and in health promotion.

Participation in the arts can bring people with similar needs together and gives those who are isolated and lonely focus in their lives, a sense of belonging and the opportunity to be creative with others.  Arts activities bring a number of physical and psychological health benefits to people with diverse needs and have proven to be an effective way to overcome physical and emotional difficulties.  Creative expression is enormously successful in helping those diagnosed with depression and anxiety and other mental health problems. 

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England