Arts for Wellbeing in Gloucestershire

Artlift aims to extend the benefits of our arts services to more people across the county who are living with mental health issues, cancer and chronic pain. With the Uni of Glos, we have the largest body of evidence in Europe that 'Arts on Prescription' improves wellbeing. You can help us do more.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 AM, 3 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1151580)

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  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • CancerCancer
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom

  • “Where I live is quite isolated and I’m on my own – so this has made a big difference.”

    — Participant

  • “I find motivation has become difficult – at last, I’m getting out more and getting to know people: all through this group.”

    — Former participant

  • "I've started working on creative things at home, something I didn’t think I’d be able to do."

    — Participant


People with mental health issues and/or long-term conditions are struggling to adjust to and/or continue living with symptoms including pain, depression and anxiety. As evidenced by Artlift's evaluation, many are feeling socially isolated. GPs and other health professionals (in line with NHS policies around Social Prescribing and personalised care), recognise that what's needed is more than a medical prescription. However, there are few experienced, safe arts organisations in which to refer.


Artlift can provide participants with two terms of weekly art sessions on prescription, which are led by experienced, well-trained artists able to accommodate groups in which there are a diversity of access needs. We work carefully with individuals to ensure they are supported to move on from this intervention, either into a self-run group and/or signposting to other opportunities locally. We carefully evaluate our work to ensure learning and positive local and national impact.