Parliamentary inquiry seeks arts in health examples, UK

A cross-party group is gathering evidence of the arts improving people’s health and wellbeing for a new study

Examples of arts projects that impacted positively on participants’ health and wellbeing are being sought by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, as part of an inquiry launched with King’s College London.

The evidence will be used to inform the inquiry and its final report, which will make policy recommendations and aims to inform “a vision for political leadership” in the field of arts, health and wellbeing.

Wide-ranging collaboration

The two-year inquiry, launched in November 2015, aims to raise the understanding of the benefits of arts in health among all political parties, and to fully establish the arts as “a mainstream contributor” to health and social care services.

The APPG and King’s College London are working with a series of partners, including the National Alliance for the Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Guy’s and St Thomas’s Charity, and the Royal Society for Public Health Special Interest Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Inquiry meetings, roundtable discussions, and contributions from practitioners and academics will also feed into the final report, which is due to be published in 2017.

Submissions of 1,000-word reports about projects undertaken in the past decade are invited by 19 August 2016.

Author: Christy Romer

Published: 15-07-2016

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