Arts on prescription: research report

City Arts, Nottingham; University of Nottingham

For over 30 years, City Arts Nottingham (CAN) has developed expertise in working creatively with communities, enabling individuals and organisations to change by releasing their creative potential. The majority of our work takes place within Nottingham City and County and the East Midlands. We collaborate with public, private and voluntary sector agencies to achieve shared goals and meet key local and national agendas. Our projects prioritise marginalised communities and break down barriers to accessing cultural provision. CAN has over 100 partnerships within the health, education, statutory and voluntary sectors. Core activities focus on arts and health, community cohesion, young people, street and carnival arts and artists’ professional development. Throughout our work we use research- based evidence to develop high quality services. This document reports the findings of a research study on Arts on Prescription (AOP), a community based arts project designed to promote mental health and delivered by CAN. For the last eight years an independent group called Art in Mind has overseen the intellectual and philosophical development of the Arts on Prescription service in collaboration with CAN. Art in Mind is a small voluntary sector organisation that comprises mental health service users and professionals and seeks to promote mental health through community-based arts.

Theodore Stickley, Ada Hui, Kate Duncan
Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England