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These pages are for those who are looking to develop arts in health activity. While the link between the arts and health and wellbeing goes back many years, the field of arts in health has developed considerably over the past thirty years with many organisations now established to support this work.  

“Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, by colour, and light, we do know this: that they have an actual physical effect. Variety of form and brilliancy of colour in the objects presented to patients, are actual means of recovery.” Florence Nightingale 1860


To find possible funders for arts in health work, please go to Funding Sources

To find sources of research into the impact of the arts on health and wellbeing, please go to Reseach

To find examples of organisations and projects currently delivering arts in health activity go to Arts in Health in Practice

Various guides and helpful tools have been developed over recent years by a number of different organisations to support those wishing to develop arts in health activity. To access these go to Practical Advice

If you have completed research into the role of creativity in health which you would be willing to share on this site, please contact us at

To find out about arts in health activity near you, contact the regional representative of your area via the National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing 

To find local providers of arts in health activity or organisations working in particular aspects of the arts or working to tackle a particular health need, try searching our Directory

If you can’t find what you are looking for, please feel free to contact the National Alliance directly, go to Contacts

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England