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.

Project eARTh (Environmental Arts &health)

Project eARTh, High Peak Community Arts

Aims and objectives:
For adults experiencing mental distress or other long term conditions to work collectively in high quality participatory arts projects to create art works for local communities.

  • Through the above, for participants to improve wellbeing, learn new skills, build confidence and self -esteem, be more ready to meet challenges, to reduce isolation, be more active in the community, and improve their life chances.
  • To enrich people’s lives through creation of high quality artworks.

Description of the arts activity

Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

‘Piloting the use of Arts Award in therapeutic work with children and young people’ By Joanna Stevens, former Lead for Arts Therapies at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Cindy Cox and Catherine Orbach, Co-Directors, Culture Shift.
In June 2013, Sussex Partnership held an introductory session on Arts Award for 25 health professionals in collaboration with Culture Shift. Participants’ feedback confirmed they saw using Arts Award in mental health practice as a valid area of enquiry and practice development.

Fun Palaces

Stella Duffy

An ongoing, national campaign for culture at the heart of community; cultural activity created by and for local communities, with an annual weekend of action every October.

2014 and 2015: 280 Fun Palaces in 11 nations (primarily UK), led by 5262 local people, with 90,000 people taking part.

Founded in 2013, we have been funded by ACE, Foyle Foundation, Wellcome.

Our 2015 Evaluation shows the value of community-led engagement for individual and community health and wellbeing:

1. People feel empowered as a result of national and local activity

Change Minds: history and mental health in North Norfolk

Change Minds history and mental health in North Norfolk

Aims and Objectives
Change Minds (2015 – 2018) is a pilot project engaging around 30 people who live in North Norfolk and have complex mental health and housing needs. They investigate local heritage, mental health and identity using 19th Century Norfolk County Asylum Case Books. Change Minds is intended to have positive outcomes for participants in terms of New Economic Foundation’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing:
• Connect. People connect with individuals in the past and present. They make friends, reducing life-threatening isolation and strengthening resilience.

Danger! Men at Work

Danger! Men at Work

The Whitworth, part of the University of Manchester, turned its attention to addressing a traditionally under-represented audience within cultural participation, older men. This work has seen the launch of publications, research, activities and an exhibition, exploring older men’s place in society and culture.


Land art sculpture cob wall cobbing
Land art sculpture landworks cob wall evening

Between August 2015 - May 2016, 41 participants helped create the LandWorks TimeLine,
including: people serving prison sentences, Plymouth University art students and academics,
volunteers, staff, and visitors.

LandWorks is an independent charity providing a supported route back into the community for
current and ex-prisoners.

Chapatti & Chat

Chapatti & Chat cookbook front cover

This project was developed in response to Oldham Council’s commitment to tackle diabetes as a local health priority. The aim was to deliver an arts project to raise awareness in South Asian families about the risks and the most effective ways to prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

Through community outreach the Women’s Chai Project was identified as a partner to develop the ‘Chapatti & Chat’ project and create a book of healthy family recipes.

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England