Introduction and welcome from London Arts and Health’s Director, Anna Woolf:
Our #CreativityandWellbeingWeek curated programme this year reflects the breadth of fantastic creative health and wellbeing work happening across England now. We are excited about the power of nature and creative health, and our curated events reflect some of these themes, from wellbeing and the build environment, to climate and sustainability, inclusion and access to green space and social prescribing. We kick off with our partnership with University Hospital Lewisham and the Royal Horticultural Society with Breathe Arts Health Research who are celebrating nature’s restorative power for staff members in the hospital. We are so excited to amplify the work that collective misery are doing around plant magic in order to decolonise access to nature and creative spaces. We also focus on young people’s mental health and creativity with a online APPG from the National Centre for Creative Health, as well as sharing the work that artist James Leadbitter the Vacuum Cleaner is undertaking with the GLA across London through project ‘2.8 million minds’. Julie’s Bicycle and Fast Familiar are launching a climate tool which allows you to assess the environmental impact of your project work, and we round off with the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance awards launch for 2022. With thanks to our generous funders, Arts Council England, the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Arnold Clark Community Fund and in particular Roche for their support with this festival. Book your tickets now!
Introduction from The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance Director, Victoria Hume:
The Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance is thrilled to be partnering with London Arts & Health for Creativity & Wellbeing Week for the fourth year in a row. We know from our members how crucial the Week is to thousands of small organisations and freelancers around the country doing amazing work to build community and support health and wellbeing, despite the huge challenges presented by the last few years. The theme of Get Creative Get Outdoors resonates with the strong links currently being built between nature networks and creative networks, and joined-up thinking about community assets represented in important new research investments by the Arts & Humanities Research Council Creativity is fundamental to nature – not least human nature. We need it to thrive, but in times of social crisis we also need it to survive – to support our resilience and help us imagine new futures. To that end will be launching our new Creativity, climate and health: Accelerating Impact resource – built in partnership with LAAH, Arts & Health South West and the NPAG for Arts, Design & Heritage in Healthcare – during the week and hope it will further support all the freelance creatives and organisations already joining the dots between climate justice and health equity, and help boost long-term investment in this work.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2022
16th May 2022
Online, with Artist Liz Atkin, time TBC.
LONDON HEADLINE EVENT: In partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, University Hospital Lewisham and Breathe Arts Health Research.
London Arts and Health have partnered with the Royal Horticultural Society and University Hospital Lewisham to celebrate nature’s restorative power and how it can improve NHS staff, visitor, and patient wellbeing. These workshops are being delivered as a part of Arts Connect; the arts-in-health programme for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Arts Connect delivers projects across various art forms to improve patient experience, enhance the healing environment, and support health and wellbeing.
NATIONAL HEADLINE EVENT: Barnsley Council C&WW Opening Event at the Lightbox.
Aimed at professional leaders to provide the tools and knowledge around why creativity is a vital aspect of improving wellbeing. This event welcomes a wide range of guest speakers, who will be sharing their knowledge, research and experiences of creativity and the impact this has had on mental and physical wellbeing. This opening event kickstarts an exciting week of creative activities and events that will encourage people to get active, enjoy the outdoors and be creative – there will be something to suit everyone’s abilities and interests.
17th May 2022
LONDON HEADLINE EVENT: St. Barts Heritage.Tuesday 17th May 12-1.15pm and 2-3.15pm & Saturday 21st May 12-1.15pm and 2-3.15pm
at the North Wing welcomes you to a creative mindful drawing session exploring this historic hidden gem at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. Join artist Lucy Ribeiro
as she guides you through a mindful drawing session to support your creativity and wellbeing. Everyone is welcome, no previous experience needed and all materials will be supplied. You can find out more about Barts Heritage at the North wing here
NATIONAL HEADLINE EVENT: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing and the National Centre for Creative Health Roundtable on young people, co-production, creativity and mental health services.
An online event to discuss how co-production and creativity with young people can influence mental health service design and delivery. Projects represented include Branching Out with Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, Greater Manchester i-Thrive Arts, Culture and Mental Health Programme and Greater London’s Thriving Through Culture programme. We will hear from young people involved in co-production as part of Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Eating Disorder Service and from clinicians and academics in the field. Chaired by Rachel Hopkins MP (tbc), the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions during the discussion.
LONDON HEADLINE EVENT: the vacuum cleaner presents Madlove and 2.8 Million Minds
How can young people use art and culture to create change in their mental health and change how mental health care is imagined, delivered and funded?
Young Londoners working in conjunction with artists are launching ‘A Manifesto for 2.8 Million Minds’ – an Action Plan for young people, mental health and art.
Artists Becky Warnock, Simon Tomlinson, Tyreis Holder, Yomi Sode and the vacuum cleaner will join Helen Hayes MP and Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor, Culture and the Creative Industries.
City Hall invited Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Chisenhale Gallery and artist ‘the vacuum cleaner’ to respond to our city’s young people and the crisis in mental health they are experiencing. Over five months, they have brought together a range of young people, artists, arts and health and academic professionals, youth workers, parents and carers, curators, and more from across London to imagine how art could better support young people’s mental health. This informal and fun event will share the outcomes of the process, what the next steps are and call for us to better support young people’s mental health.
A Manifesto for 2.8 Million Minds is the first step in City Hall’s shaping of a three year programme of work called Thriving Through Culture in partnership with Thrive LDN and The Baring Foundation.
18th May 2022
The arts – from painting and sculpture to singing and dance – can be life chaning for people with dementia and their companions. Arts activities empower, inspire, and improve confidence, helping people retain their identity and live happier lives in the community. Join Chief Executive, Penny Fosten, as we explore the benefits for the arts for brain health and wellbeing, as part of Dementia Action Week
and Creativity and Wellbeing Week. You’ll hear from inspirational guest speakers including partners from our host arts organisations, with insight from participants as they discuss what they value about engaging in the arts. Guest speakers include:
Beneficiaries, Arts 4 Dementia
LONDON HEADLINE EVENT: misery.
misery is so proud to announce misery medicines: plant magic, a one-year, in-person immersive her, mushroom and plant medicine program that will see Black, Brown and people of colour in and around London learning about the herbs that grow wild all around us, making plant medicines for mental health, witnessing how herbs interact with the seasons and discussing how to decolonise ideas around medicine and sustainability. Join Soha from misery at 12pm to watch 2 short films and have an open discussion about access to green spaces and how it impacts our mental health.
misery are a mental health collective & sober club night centring healing 4 queer/trans/nb/intersex BPOC.
REGIONAL HEADLINE EVENT: Fire in the East.
MensCraft Charity and Norfolk Nature Stories are inviting men to join Storytellers Johnathon Lambert and Shane Ibbs who will be making a fire, sharing refreshments and inviting you to listen and share Males Tales around a fire each day for 3 days. This will be taking place at Norwich Puppet Theatre from 18th – 20th May (times TBC). Refreshments will be provided.
19th May 2022
10am – 1pm at The Tramshed, Bethnal Green.
Refreshments will be provided.
The Arts and Culture Social Prescribing Myth Buster has been funded by the GLA
and brings together a number of case studies, podcasts and resources to assist practitioners, link workers, health professionals and cultural organisations to understand the best ways to work within social prescribing.
At this event you will hear from a number of organisations involved including St. Margaret’s House, The National Academy of Social Prescribing
, cultural organisations and link workers on current thinking and developments around cultural social prescribing. You will engage in some live workshops and have a chance to network and ask questions about cultural social prescribing.
NATIONAL HEADLINE EVENT: The Networked Condition Launch Online.
2 – 3.30pm online.
are launching their Climate Tool online. Join them for a conversation that will help you manage the carbon footprint of your digital work, from online participatory workshops, to videos, to websites.
The Pandemic has driven a huge switch to digital work, which has come with numerous benefits as well as challenges. Julie’s Bicycle
will describe the context and importance of considering digital climate impacts. Fast Familiar will then guide you through a brand new tool they have produced to help you understand and manage the carbon footprint of your digital work. Esther Fox from Accentuate will discuss the relevance of the tool to her work to prompt your own questions and breakout discussions to help you consider how this might relate to and impact your own work.
This event will be hosted in Gathertown
to model the use of a different kind of online meeting.
LONDON HEADLINE EVENT: Breathe Creative Breaks
Artist-led creative drawing workshop for NHS staff.
Breathe Arts Health Research
is delighted to partner with London Arts and Health
and The Royal Horticultural Society
to bring Breathe Creative Breaks to Lewisham and Greenwich Trust during Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2022. Two creative drawing workshops will run back-to-back after work on Thursday on 19th May as part of this special staff wellbeing event. Guided by artist Liz Atkin
, the workshop will include warm-up drawing techniques taking inspiration from St. Mary’s garden around us, to create a new large-scale collaborative drawing.
is aimed at channelling attention through simple yet inspiring drawing activities designed to refocus anxiety and alleviate work-related stress. Designed for NHS staff online during the pandemic, the programme has been running at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS weekly since October 2020 and has been attended by over 150 staff.
All staff welcome and materials will be provided.
These workshops are being delivered as a part of Arts Connect
; the arts-in-health programme for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Arts Connect delivers programme projects across various art forms to improve patient experience, enhance the healing environment and support health and wellbeing.
20th May 2022
NATIONAL HEADLINE EVENT: Link Worker Manifesto Launch.
Launch of a Manifesto created in collaboration with artists and Link Workers.
As Social Prescribing fundamentally relies on cross-sector, collaborative working, in which the medical model sits alongside the social, the Manifesto is ultimately intended as a provocation to ask whether there is real collective vision for this work and to question whether we are all on the same page, locally, regionally and nationally.
During this national launch of the Manifesto, we will hear from some of the Link Workers involved, alongside Deborah Munt from Arts Derbyshire
who devised Cultural Prescriptions. and from Public Health in Derbyshire County Council, who commissioned the work. A panel of invited guests, representing health and culture, will then give their responses to the Manifesto.
NATIONAL HEADLINE EVENT: Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance Awards – Launch event!
12.30 – 1.30pm, online.
Gather with CH&WA
award partners and special guests to launch the CH&WA 2022 programme, which is designed to amplify the innovative, collaborative and generous work of the culture, health and wellbeing sector.
Hear from past winners, Cody Dock (Climate, 2021), Outside Edge Theatre (Collective Power, 2021), Plymouth Music Zone (Practising Well, 2020)
and learn more about the award categories that aim to shine a light on work that models meaningful co-production and partnership, embeds practitioner support and connects the dots between creativity, health inequalities and climate justice.
CHECK OUT THE CURATED PROGRAMMES FROM BRIGHTON AND NORFOLK NOW!