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.

Youth Music Project

Gamelan Youth Music Project

“It was great watching the young people support each other in sessions and be able to offer them the opportunity of accessing a community music setting”
Cindy-Jo Morison, Music Therapist

“The project has allowed Young People to have a voice through music, to make choices and decisions where these may not be available during normal courses of life”
Activities Staff, Ferndene

“I am feeling more relaxed singing in a big group because of this group”
 Young Person Aged 13

“It did help make me feel better in myself thank you”
Young Female Aged 17

My Body

Bini Atkinson, My Body CAT Scan
Bini Atkinson, My Body MRI

AIM:-  The aim of the project is/ was to record  and analyse the changes on my body after surgery using CAT/MRI/XRAY/PHOTOGRAPHS from the surgical process.
The process was partly to investigate therapeutic benefit of managing my pain and healing through creative activity.

OBJECTIVE:-  To record and inform through making ( mark making on 2D surfaces, including stitch, print, wax, paint, ephemeral materials from the operating suite and hospital wards) the changes of healing on the body.

Creative Gymnasium

Creative Gymnasium

Aim: To examine the benefits of drama and arts activities for improving and maintaining the health and wellbeing of people living in Coventry aged 50+

Funding: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Timescale: 12 months

Description of the arts activity

A drama intervention was delivered in stages over 12 months, by The Belgrade Theatre.
Stage I – Recruitment and convening of the groups of 50+ participants
Stage II – 10 week developmental workshops
Stage III – Public Performances at the Theatre and on location around the city

The Staying Well project

© Charles Round Photography, the Heptonstall Village Team Art Class
Staying Well logo
© Charles Round Photography, the Heptonstall Village Team Art Class

The Staying Well project was set up across Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council area in November 2014, initially as a 12 month pilot project funded by the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group.  Subsequently the project has been extended three times, currently until March 2017 with ongoing discussion about further extension, financially supported through Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s Care Closer to Home, NHS Vanguard programme and Calderdale MBC.

Tatty Devine Commission: Kaleidoscopic Reflections

Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts

Kaleidoscopic Reflections is the latest example of nearly 60 site-specific artworks commissioned by Vital Arts in the past 7 years. It is a ward-wide artwork by contemporary jewellery design duo, Tatty Devine. Children find visiting hospital stressful—regardless of how routine or frequent the visit. It is well documented, that the presence of thoughtfully selected and strategically placed artwork can be a critical tool in assisting clinical aims by positively engaging children and distracting them from painful and/or frightening treatment.

Sing and Mingle Carers/Cared For Choir

Rona Topaz

Sing and Mingle Carers/Cared For Choir, a singing group meeting weekly at Manor Farm Day Centre, Egham. Aims and objectives are to allow carers to have respite from their caring responsibilities and to meet and sing with other carers in a supportive environment.
Cared for are welcome to join in or take part in the other activities taking place concurrently at the day centre. Funded on an ongoing basis by Spelthorne and Runnymede Borough Councils. Timescale: outgoing once weekly. Delivery dates: Fridays from 11-12pm

Description of the arts activity

PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme: An Adaptive Model of Art Therapy

Combat Stress Logo

Art therapy has been offered at Combat Stress since 2001.  Combat Stress is the UK's leading veterans' mental health charity, providing free specialist multidisciplinary clinical treatment and welfare support to veterans across the UK. Community as well as residential interventions are provided. Three residential treatment centres within the UK in Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey deliver a variety of residential programmes.  There is currently no other dedicated art therapy provision offered to military veterans in the UK.


Nick Rutter

STROKESTRA is a pioneering collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and the Humber NHS Trust’s Hull Integrated Community Stroke Service (HICSS) which uses group creative music-making alongside professional musicians to drive patient-led recovery in stroke survivors and their carers.

Magic Me

Paul Cochrane for Magic Me & Punchdrunk Enrichment
Stephen Dobbie for Magic Me & Punchdrunk Enrichment

Arts charity Magic Me is running a two year programme of artists residencies in care homes for older people, in partnership with Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit care home provider and four arts partners, all leaders in their field: Punchdrunk Enrichment, Lois Weaver, Duckie and Upswing.

Six Ways to Wellbeing

Turner Contemporary and Mandy Quy Verlander

Partnership between Kent County Council Public Health, Royal Opera House Bridge and Artswork – delivered in six districts in Kent by arts and cultural partners working in consortia with libraries, healthy living centres and voluntary and community organisations: http://www.liveitwell.org.uk/ways-to-wellbeing/six-ways-to-wellbeing/

Aims and Objectives:

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England