In-between-ness video performance Karen Heald & Susan Liggett
In-between-ness image Karen Heald

Date: April 2010 to April 2013
Location: Gwynedd Hospital, Bangor, Gwynedd, UK
Client: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCU HB)
Partners: Bangor University, Glyndwr University & Leeds Metropolitan University
Research Team:  Artists – Dr Karen Heald and Dr Susan Liggett,  Scientists – Dr Richard Tranter, Professor Rob Poole and Professor Catherine A Robinson.
Funders & Supporters:  Arts Council of Wales, North Wales Clinical School Research Department and Bangor University.

Creative Alternatives

Creative Alternatives
Creative Alternatives
Creative Alternatives

Creative Alternatives is an ‘arts on prescription’ service offering a range of creative activities, events and outings to adults experiencing mild to moderate depression, anxiety and/or stress, with the aim to improve the participants’ mental wellbeing and health.

Creativity Works

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Creativity Works – Mental Health Creative Support Service (MHCSS).  Creativity Works uses creativity as a catalyst for personal and social development, with people of all ages, from all backgrounds. Founded in North East Somerset 30 years ago, the charity works with a range of partners—from mental health practitioners to children’s services —to deliver positive change through creative projects.

Clay Transformations

Nottingham University

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Art Lift evaluation

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Norwegian study discovers evidence that culture may improve health

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