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APPG imageThe All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) was formed in 2014 and aims to improve awareness of the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing.

During 2015–17, the APPGAHW conducted an Inquiry into practice and research in the arts in health and social care, with a view to making recommendations to improve policy and practice.

The resulting report, Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing - Second Edition, presents the findings of two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists and arts administrators, academics, people in local government, ministers, other policy-makers and parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament.

The partners in this Inquiry have been the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, King’s College London, the Royal Society for Public Health and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and funded by the Wellcome, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a new national organisation representing everyone who believes that cultural engagement and participation can transform our health and wellbeing

This new Alliance - an Arts Council National Portfolio Sector Support Organisation - brings together the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing and involves over 50 leading organisations. They aim to bring about a step change in policy and delivery, and will focus on a strong regional infrastructure to support development and progress in the field.

Membership is free and will afford access to a range of training, resources and networking opportunities. The RSPH Special Interest Group in Arts and Health is one of 50 Strategic Alliance Members that will be helping to shape and connect Arts and Health research, practice and policy.

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The Arts Health ECRN brings together early career researchers working on projects that lie at the intersection of the arts, humanities, health and medicine.

The ECRN has three aims:

  1. To LINK together early career researchers through social events, networking opportunities and workshops
  2. To provide podcasts and newsletters to help early career researchers LEARN more about the field
  3. To run training events and promote jobs to enable early career researchers to LEAD their own research projects


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The Repository for Arts and Health Resources is for anyone interested in the field of arts, health and wellbeing, but particularly academics and researchers; policy-makers in central and local government; health and social care managers, and creative arts professionals engaged directly in using their artistic skills in healthcare and community settings to support health and wellbeing.

The Repository houses a range of ‘grey literature’ and other resources not easily found on the main websites dedicated to covering arts for health practice as it has grown and diversified. It does not include peer reviewed papers as these are included in a range of other databases and repositories.

At the heart of the Repository is an online, searchable database, housing over one hundred and fifty documents that chart the development of the Arts and Health movement in the UK from 1996 onwards. Most are directly available as free downloads and are accompanied by the relevant citations, so click below to start your search:

The site is managed, developed and maintained by the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health on behalf of the RSPH Special Interest Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, with original funding from the Lankelly Chase Foundation.


Formed in 2008, the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent health education charity and the world’s longest-established public health body.Through its policy work, membership community, qualifications, training and accreditation services, it educates, empowers and supports communities and individuals to live healthily.

The Arts, Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group

This group helps to further establish RSPH's role of in helping to support research, evidence-based practice and policy development in this vibrant field, and has provided a series of webinars, events and resources.

It is supported by a steering group, including representatives from the SDH Centre.


London Arts in Health Forum is a membership organisation which aims to develop the role of culture in wellbeing and to promote and support arts in health activity across London and nationally.

The organisation is free to join and offers events, a regular newsletter, training sessions, advice and support for artists, architects, clinical staff and service users - basically anyone with an interest in arts in health. LAHF currently has nearly 3,000 members from London and further afield.

On this site you will find information and updates about arts and wellbeing activity in London and nationally, as well as information about arts in health work overseas and research highlighting the value of creativity and culture in wellbeing.

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