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Project information

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.

February 2019 - November 2019

Charity information: Arts & Health South West

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  • Need


    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.


    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.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Connect people, organisations and resources of the arts & health sector of South West England


    » Deliver an annual conference focused on key issues in the southwest
    » Offer developmental funding for organisations and projects prepared to collaborate towards diversifying income and maximise health impacts

    What success will look like

    We will collect feedback from a representative selection of the 100+ attendees at our conference, and from funding recipients.

    Aim 2

    Amplify the stories of the positive health outcomes of arts and health work in South West England


    » Produce a podcast series about work of three arts & health organisations in the SW
    » Provide a monthly news bulletin featuring stories from the sector
    » Share stories of impacts to the National Culture, Health, and Well-being Alliance, and across our social media platforms

    What success will look like

    We will quantify the reach of our social media sharing of stories, monitor the downloads of our podcasts, and opens of our e-bulletins.

    Aim 3

    Support the replicating and embedding of good arts & health practice


    » Develop an action learning network to support sector leaders and their projects to thrive amidst the challenges facing the sector
    » Host an annual intensive workshop for academics, health professionals and artists researching the impact of arts based health interventions

    What success will look like

    We will collect short term and long term feedback from participants in our targeted support programmes, including about funding developments and numbers of beneficiaries reached.

  • Impact


    The arts & health sector in SW England will demonstrate diversification and increases in funding, and more visible stories about the health outcomes of arts interventions. Our annual survey will collect comparable data on income levels, sources, and number of stories about the impact of work featured in social media and main stream press.


    Our greatest risk is the availability of adequate resource for the work. We have dealt with this by ensuring we have multiple approaches for achieving each of our aims, building resourcing more vulnerable partners into our plans, and co-producing the plans with the arts & health sector in the SW.


    We will keep donors up to date with our activity via our monthly e-bulletin, regular social media posts, and an annual review of our activities and impact.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Grants to frontline projects Funding to enable participation in activities and step change
      £3,000 Developmental support Direct support of arts & health projects
      £3,000 Production of podcasts Coordination and technical production of 3 podcasts to amplify the stories of arts & healt projects

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Arts Council England £40,000 Guaranteed
    Earned Income £6,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The project encompasses Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire and the Isle of Wight. This corresponds to the jurisdictions of Art Council England's South West Region.


    The direct beneficiaries of our project will be arts organisations delivering health outcomes. However, by strategic design, vulnerable people of SW England - particularly those in groups with long term health conditions and complex needs -will benefit by improved quality of life and improved services. Likewise, the NHS & Public Health England will be indirect beneficiaries - via reduced costs, strategic alignment of aims, and improved cross-sector collaborations.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Arts & Health SW engages at a national and international level - whilst working closely with its members from across the SW. As national lead in the newly formed Arts Council 'Culture, Health and Well-being Alliance' we have a strong platform from which to disseminate our learning to the wider field and help provide more coherent & stronger support for those working in the sector. The Alliance provides the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Well-Being.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alex Coulter

    Director of Arts & Health South West

    Catherine West

    Project Manager

    Hannah Mumby

    AHSW General Manager and Podcast Producer

    Sue Isherwood

    Chair of Trustees