Arts & Health South West

The 2019 Arts & Health SW Regional Strategy

We use our position - at the centre of a strong network of artists, health workers, academics and policy makers - to identify, offer targeted support and help embed good practice to projects using the benefits of arts for health and well-being in the SW of England.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1115339)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£6,000

Amount raised

£11,946

Donations

49

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Location

Situation

Growing recognition of the benefits of arts & health work - its tremendous potential to reduce pressure on health and care services - is leading to social prescribing being included in health plans across the country. However, it is a difficult time financially for arts and cultural organisations that rely on charitable funding - the very organisations that provide the non-medical interventions that health and care services are hoping to prescribe.

Solution

To meet the fast paced change, the sector needs high level advocacy, new income streams, easy access to and opportunities to collaborate in the creation of the evidence base for this work, and leadership development support. The Arts & Health SW Regional Strategy will provided targeted support to regional leaders, raise the profile of the powerful impact arts has on health and well-being, and provided match funding to a selection of projects trying to diversify their income.

  • When I was suffering from PTSD, following being held hostage in Kuwait and Iraq for 5 months, my healing journey was dependent on three things: 1) The love and support of family and friends, 2) Being in natural spaces 3) Art... art was a major part of my recovery, biomedicine did not contribute.

    — Professor Paul Dieppe, Emeritus Professor University of Exeter, AHSW Board

  • ‚ÄúI ¬†went ¬†to art ¬†college but ¬†was kicked out, ¬†in part due to struggling ¬†with mental health problems. ¬†This exhibition, the art and the ¬†commentary has made me feel better. ¬†We all have a place we can be an Artist.‚Äù

    — Audience feedback on a postcard at the Alternative Visions exhibition

  • When we worked in pairs, as I was portrayed by the other person, the artist challenged me to think about some aspects of myself: to make contact with parts of me. I felt like a mountain, I felt the strength of the mountain, hard and heavy granite, which isn‚Äôt easy to demolish.

    — Participant feedback in the Art & Social Change project

  • When I was suffering from PTSD, following being held hostage in Kuwait and Iraq for 5 months, my healing journey was dependent on three things: 1) The love and support of family and friends, 2) Being in natural spaces 3) Art... art was a major part of my recovery, biomedicine did not contribute.

    — Professor Paul Dieppe, Emeritus Professor University of Exeter, AHSW Board

  • “I  went  to art  college but  was kicked out,  in part due to struggling  with mental health problems.  This exhibition, the art and the  commentary has made me feel better.  We all have a place we can be an Artist.”

    — Audience feedback on a postcard at the Alternative Visions exhibition

  • When we worked in pairs, as I was portrayed by the other person, the artist challenged me to think about some aspects of myself: to make contact with parts of me. I felt like a mountain, I felt the strength of the mountain, hard and heavy granite, which isn’t easy to demolish.

    — Participant feedback in the Art & Social Change project