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Academics and artists explore the relationship between Arts, Health and Wellbeing

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Innovation in Arts, Health and Wellbeing 2017/18

A new iteration of the successful arts, health and wellbeing Innovation programme launched in 2018. The project offers opportunities for artists and health academics at King's to work together and develop new conversations and collaborations.

One strand of the programme is aimed at engaging academics from the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences to work with artist partners to conceive and develop experimental arts-based approaches to the Faculty’s focus of Understanding Disease, Enhancing Health and Restoring Function. An initial workshop took place in January 2018, followed by a second workshop in March which offered opportunities for artists and arts organisations to develop new conversations and collaborations with researchers from the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King's.

A second strand is aimed at academics from Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, responding to the question: “Reimagining staff wellbeing and workforce sustainability in healthcare settings: Can we enhance resilience, engagement and performance through innovative arts interventions?”

Seed-funding was awarded to the best proof of concept ideas in each strand and a total of eight projects are now underway with one more in the pipeline:

Arts in Dentistry projects
  • 360 Patient Careled by Dr Bryan Kerr, Department of Sedation & Special Care Dentistry, with Too Right Films Ltd                                                            The project aims to create a 360 film to help the viewer see the world from the perspective of a disabled person to better understand the challenges facing disabled patients when accessing clinical environments.
  • A dry and silent world: living with hidden disabilities, led by Professor Abigail Tucker, Centre for Craniofacial & Regenerative Biology, with Emma Barnard  The project aims to raise awareness of the hidden nature of hearing loss and dry mouth amongst vulnerable patient groups through 3D printing of the effected organs and photography.
  • Call and Response, led by Professor Andrea Streit, Department of Craniofacial Development & Stem Cell Biology, with Tabatha Andrews        The project will investigate the nature of identity, memory and communication in stem cells and people. It will explore these topics in relation to stem cell research and focus on its implications for memory and hearing loss. 
  • Communicative musicality and dentists' speech patterns, led by Dr Sasha Scambler, Department of Population & Patient Health, with Christina Lovey    The project will explore the rhythmic patterns present in dentists’ communications as they talk about their patients through the notion of communicative musicality. 
  • Stem Cell Stories, led by Dr Rupali Lav and Professor Abigail Tucker, Centre for Craniofacial & Regenerative Biology, with Hayden Cohen                            The project focuses on bringing a human element to Regenerative Dentistry/Stem Cell research through the use of spoken word/poetry and music that brings dental/oral stem cells into the public eye.
Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care projects
  • Creative Breaks, led by Dr Sue Woodward, Department of Adult Nursing, with Angela Maddock                                                                                            The project involves holding a weekly hour-long arts-based lunchtime creativity break for nursing and midwifery students, staff and lecturers to promote the power of creative breaks for work productivity and enjoyment.
  • Handover choreography: practice improvement through mobility analysis, led by Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Department of Adult Nursing, with Vera the Diva Dance School                                                                                          The project targets the choreographic dimensions of clinical handover with the aim of eliciting reflections on the appropriateness and effectiveness of prevailing handover practice.
  • Skyscape Wellbeing, led by Annie Holme, Department of Adult Nursing, with Ali Winstanley                                                                                                    The project aims to promote the mental well-being of participants by encouraging purposeful observation of the sky in urban areas, the creation of sky images and contribution to a community artistic activity.
  • End-of-life Conversations, led by Dr Anna Weil and Katherine Sleeman, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, with Diana Gradinaru                                                                                          The project aims to use interview data from junior doctors, patients and carers taken from a research project on the Second Conversation Model to create an animated film.       

Innovation in Arts, Health and Wellbeing 2016/17

The Cultural Institute and Breathe Arts Health Research collaborated to explore how the arts can enhance health and wellbeing in clinical and care settings. 

A series of networking events for academics and artists were held across King's health campuses between Feburary and July 2016.

Following these workshops, seed-funding was awarded to the best arts and health proof of concept ideas that subsequently emerged.

All 14 projects supported through the 2016/17 programme have now completed.

2016/17 Arts, Health and Wellbeing projects
  • MRI space shuttle, led by Dr Eva Loth, Forensics & Neurodevelopmental Science (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience), in collaboration with Folded Feather
  • Is it ‘normal’ to be psychotic?, led by Dr Helen Fischer, Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience) with Rich Maskey
  • Garment+, led by Dr Heidi Lempp, Academic Rheumatology (Life Sciences & Medicine), in collaboration with Alexa Chan
  • Dance Workshops for COP Disease Patients, a collaboration between Dr Ged Rafferty, Respiratory Medicine (Life Sciences & Medicine), and Evangelia Kolyra
  • Re-assure, led by Dr Nicola Mackintosh, Health Service and Population Research/Women’s Health Academic Centre (Life Sciences & Medicine/Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience) and Claire Collison
  • Resilience in healthcare, led by Jennifer Jackson, Adult Nursing (Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery) with Karmen Interactive
  • Going digital, a collaboration between Professor Jackie Sturt, Adult Nursing (Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery), and Facefront Inclusive Theatre
  • Nursing the image, led by Ian Noonan, Mental Health Nursing (Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery), with Professor Neil Brimblecombe (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust) and Dr Michaela Ross (Bethlem Gallery)
  • Boosting resilient thinking in children using character illustration and storytelling, led by Dr Jennifer Lau, Psychology (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience) with Ali Winstanley
  • Pictorial art facilitating oral health, led by Professor Jennifer Gallagher and Swapnil Ghotane, Public Health Dentistry (Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences) with Clarice Holt
  • Weaving a new story: mindful textile work and post-natal depression, led by Dr Tamara Russell, Neuroimaging (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience) with Liz Finegold
  • Dancing for Health, led by Dr Claire White, Physiotheraphy (Life Sciences & Medicine) with Trinity Laban
  • Hospital Project on Noise, Sound and Sleep - HPNoSS, led by Dr Andreas Xyrichis and Professor Anne-Marie Rafferty, Adult Nursing (Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery) with London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, and Imperial College London
  • The evaluation of SlaM and partners’ Tate Exchange Associate programme of facilitated public-service user artist contact, led by Dr Claire Henderson, Health Services & Population Research Department (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience) and SLaM AdArt



King's has also developed infographics for each of the health faculties to illustrate some of the work that has already taken place with artists and arts organisations in each field. These can be viewed here:

If you would like to be kept informed of programme developments, please contact Innovation Manager, Sophie Branscombe, on


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