We are London Arts and Health! We support artists, creative practitioners and health professionals across the whole of London and beyond. Promoting excellence and engagement in the field of Creative Health, and extending the reach of the arts to communities and individuals who would otherwise be excluded.
Through our activities, we work to promote, develop and support the understanding of what the arts can do to contribute to a healthy society, in London and nationally, and by so doing to encourage the use of the arts in settings beyond the mainstream.
We are the leading support sector organisation, advocate and expert for Creative Health in London.
Our vision is that the power of arts and culture transforms and enriches Londoners’ lives and health.
What we do
We hold industry events, share information and opportunities through our newsletter to 5.5k subscribers, and publicise arts and health activity by sharing on our social media channels that reach around 20k users.
We deliver Creative Health training and creative wellbeing sessions to health care staff to bridge between the arts and the health sector.
We are a member led organisation and regularly spend time listening to our members. We have focused on digital solutions during the lockdown and explored ways of supporting a sector in crisis.
We undertook in-depth research of our beneficiaries and developed a tool for practitioners, the Digital Sandpit. We created and launched a new digital tool, pARTner up to support the Thriving Communities Funding bid, which encourages cross-sector partnerships and supports cultural organisations of any size to be on an equal footing. We are a project partner on the Artists’ Represent Recovery Network which aims to support marginalised practitioners in the sector through paid training.
We have a free-to-use resource about Social Prescribing called the Arts and Culture Social Prescribing Mythbuster Guide. The resources include information, resources, case studies, podcasts and an animation for anyone interested in cultural social prescribing in London.
We deliver a yearly Creativity and Wellbeing Festival that went from a small London festival to national in 2019 and saw over 50,000 attendees taking part in around 600 events. The week is held in partnership with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.
For ten years much of our work has been supported by Arts Council England and we are proud to hold the status of Investment Principle Support Organisation 23-26. We are also kindly funded by City Bridge Trust 23-27.
London Arts and Health is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. It is governed by a Board of Trustees and is run by a small staff team as well as a number of fantastic volunteers.