Image: ‘Nature Trail’ – Jason Bruges Studio and GOSH
Welcome to 2017, and a brand new series of blogs commissioned by London Arts in Health Forum to explore the state of arts in health, in the UK and internationally.
2017 promises to be an exciting year for arts in health, with our own annual Creativity & Wellbeing Week leading up to this year’s second Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference in Bristol – as well as a groundbreaking report due from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health & Wellbeing in June.
All these activities will be returning to the broad theme of the arts across the life course. These blogs will in turn be themed to follow the life-course – from birth to death – between now and the summer, and to introduce June’s national activities.
Dependent as we are on both charitable funding and public services – not to mention the open minds of partners working in very different spaces, the arts in health have not been immune to the challenges of changing economic and political climates. Yet, as we move into the new year, activity continues to grow exponentially across the world, with new research emerging on an almost daily basis.
These articles will offer a snapshot of where we are today, and where we would like to be. We would like to start a conversation with you, our readers, and all those working, participating or interested in this increasingly diverse and energetic field.
To this end we would love you to comment on and discuss any and all of the blogs as they appear below – either here on our wordpress site or via the LAHF Facebook page and Twitter feed (#artsinhealth). These conversations will help form LAHF’s direction over the coming years.
If you are a practitioner or researcher working in this area, or if you have experienced arts practice in relation to your own or your family’s health and wellbeing, and would like to write an opinion piece yourself, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We begin this January with the arts impact on early years’ care, and a blog from Susannah Hall, Joint Head of Arts at GOSH Arts, which will be posted in the coming days.
We hope you enjoy the series, and look forward to hearing from you.