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APPG Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPG) is collaborating with King’s College London on an Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The APPG is co-chaired by Lord Howarth of Newport and Jason McCartney MP. Launched in November 2015 the Inquiry is supported by the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, who provide the Secretariat for the APPG, Guy’s and St Thomas’s Charity and the Royal Society for Public Health Special Interest Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing and is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundationthe Wellcome Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


The purpose of the Inquiry is to develop policy recommendations and inform a vision for political leadership in the field of arts, health and wellbeing.  The inquiry will be informed by a series of round tables at which practitioners, academics and people with lived experience will come together to share perspectives on the benefits of the arts for health and wellbeing, and the challenges we face in making more good practice happen. 


Policy proposals will be formulated by the early autumn, informed by an Advisory Group of representatives from a wide range of professional organisations, health and social care providers and charities, statutory bodies, artists and cultural organisations. The policy proposals will then be considered by a panel of parliamentarians in a series of Inquiry Meetings, where they will discuss them with key witnesses. Policy recommendations will be agreed and a final report published in 2017. The report will be launched in parliament and then at the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference in Bristol in June 2017. In the autumn of 2017 there will be further dissemination of the report and findings in regional seminars delivered by the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Call for Practice Examples

Over the summer 2016, the Inquiry sought examples of the arts and culture influencing health and wellbeing outcomes. The submissions can be viewed on the National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing web pages.


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