Creativity & Wellbeing Week: Artists Practising Well

Man dances with a woman as part of Healing Arts Stroke dance project
Healing Arts Stroke dance project

The Artists Practising Well event will bring together cultural leaders to explore frameworks of support for creative practitioners working in health and wellbeing contexts.

Nicola Naismith, author of Artists Practising Well will highlight the key findings from her research and together with the panel and audience expertise, will explore current provision and future ambitions.

This event is aimed at creative practitioners, commissioners, arts and health organisations, organisations with health and wellbeing strands of work, trustees and funders. The afternoon will include presentations, panel discussions, workshops and an opportunity for networking.

Joining Nicola will be Gail Babb - Theatre Maker and Producer, and Jess Plant - Director of National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance. 


Event Timings

1.30    Arrivals

2.00    Speakers: Nicola Naismith, Gail Babb and Jess Plant

2.50    Questions

3.00    Break

3.30    Breakout discussion groups

4.15    Reconvene for groups feedback / panel discussion

4.50    Closing remarks from the Chair

5.00    Networking

6.00    Close             



To find out more and book your place, please click here

Early Bird and Standard Tickets are available, prices ranging from £11.25- £15.00.

Please bring your own refreshments to help keep costs low.

For more event information, including travel, here is the Delegate Pack.

Bursary Places

Ten free places are available for freelance creative practitioners. Please apply for your space by emailing between Wednesday 15 May and Friday 31st May. We will draw applicants names out of a hat and let you know as soon as possible whether you have been successful.

This event is a partnership between the London Borough of Culture, London Arts in Health Forum and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.


More about Nicola's research

Artists Practising Well was supported by a grant from the the Arts and Humanities Research Council via the Clore Leadership Programme.
The report has been prepared with a wide readership in mind: creative practitioners, arts commissioners, organisational leaders, funders and policy makers.

The research is informed by the experiences of creative practitioners working in arts for health and wellbeing, collected via an online survey. The survey asked for current support experiences, what practitioners do for themselves and what they would like in the future. The report details how the landscape of affective support for creative practitioners is mixed, with some receiving good support, while others aren't getting enough or any.

Further information can be found here:

Press release

Key information

Full report