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APPGAHW Inquiry Call for Practice

Call for Practice Examples

As part of an Inquiry into the role of the arts in health and social care, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing is seeking examples of the arts and culture influencing health and wellbeing outcomes.

We understand the arts to include crafts, dance, design, digital arts and media, drama, film, literature, music, photography, singing and the visual arts, as well as cross-arts practice, and the cultural field to embrace locations in which arts engagement might take place, such as community venues, concert halls, healthcare settings, homes, galleries, museums, theatres, libraries, public spaces and heritage sites. The World Health Organization constitution states that ‘good health is a state of complete physical, social and mental well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. There is a helpful description of the interaction between the arts, health and wellbeing on the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing’s website:

We are interested in examples of practice from the past decade, where there is reasonably reliable evidence of outcomes or evidence that a pilot or new approach has promise. Engagement might involve attendance at events, participation in creative activity or another form of interaction such as the handling of cultural artefacts. Outcomes might refer to physical or mental health and/or wellbeing. While not necessarily having been published before, practice examples might be forthcoming from arts, cultural, health or social care organisations, charities, government departments, businesses, community groups and others.

We invite submission of reports of up to 1,000 words. In your report, please address the headings below. These are based on the project reporting tool for arts for health and wellbeing published by Public Health England. Detailed guidance is available from:


Contact details (including email and web addresses, where relevant)

Project details (title, aims and objectives, funding sources, timescale and delivery dates, context, location and setting).

Description of the arts activity (including artistic approach and medium, participant engagement)

Details of the project participants (including target population, method of recruitment and/or referral).

Project management (roles and responsibilities, quality assurance, costs to participants, ethics and consent).

Evaluation methods and findings (including learning and/or outcomes from the project. Please provide details of any published or unpublished reports on the project).

The deadline for this call has now passed.

About the Inquiry

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) is working towards fully establishing the arts as a mainstream contributor to health and social care services in promoting good health and wellbeing. APPGAHW is conducting an Inquiry, in collaboration with King’s College London, exploring relevant themes and developing policy recommendations. Partners in the Inquiry are the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, the Royal Society for Public Health Special Interest Group in Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. The aim of the Inquiry is to inform a vision for political leadership in the field of arts, health and wellbeing, in order to support practitioners and stimulate progress. A report is being produced, with the assistance of leading practitioners and researchers, and, in light of its findings, APPGAHW will seek to influence the thinking and practice of politicians and other decision-takers. Practice examples submitted in relation to this call may be used to inform the Inquiry and its final report. We cannot guarantee that all material submitted will be referenced in the Inquiry report, but we hope to be able to make submissions publicly available. Thank you in advance for taking time to respond to this call.


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