East Midlands

A performance by young people for Hubbub Theatre
Image: Hubbub Theatre. Photography by Chris Webb.

Each region is represented by champions from the museums sector and arts sector, each working with health and wellbeing. The regional champions are working with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance in a voluntary capacity. Become a member and join the conversation.

Helena Reynolds in a pink zip up coat and a head band

Helena Reynolds
Arts and Health Coordinator, Arts Derbyshire

Arts Derbyshire is the strategic arts charity for the County. Our aim is to enrich people's lives through the arts; we work with artists, service providers and the public to provide strategic direction for the arts in Derbyshire, to enable collaborative working for arts development, and to encourage people to take part in the arts. Helena is the Arts and Health Co-ordinator for Arts Derbyshire, working on community projects, sector support and also strategic development.

Laura Phillips
Elsa Phillips (age 8)

Laura Phillips
Head of Interpretation and Display,
Derby Museums

Laura is Head of Interpretation and Display at Derby Museums where she works across the Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and Museum of Making sites. Prior to this, she developed community relationships and co-produced programmes at the British Museum. Laura’s particularly interested in how to make museums relevant and valuable to their local communities. Her work focuses on exploration of age friendly practice, ways of working that connect culture, health and wellbeing, participatory practice and building mutually beneficial relationships with partners.


Culture, Health and Wellbeing East Midlands Podcast Project

This podcast shines a spotlight on diversity, inclusion and representation in the region. 

It was developed and created during 2020-1 during the Covid19 pandemic by Laura Phillips from Derby Museums and Rachel Howfield Massey from Arts Derbyshire and Other Ways to Walk. 

Laura and Rachel volunteer as East Midlands Champions for Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance, representing museums and arts respectively. They are passionate about supporting artists and practitioners working in the liminal space of arts and health to thrive and feel supported.

The East Midlands Gatherings 2020

CHWA Regional Champions Rachel Howfield Massey and Laura Phillips held two series of gatherings for the East Midlands membership during June and July 2020. The aims of the sessions were to provide a space for practitioners to come together and reflect, share experiences during this challenging time and start to shape the next steps for regional development.

To get involved with future regional activities, please make sure you are signed up as a CHWA member and select the East Midlands region here.

Revaluing Creativity: East Midlands CHWA Gatherings, June 2020

Following consultation with the membership, the first series of sessions were framed around the question, Is creativity for wellbeing being revalued by participants and how do we harness this new enthusiasm? Rachel Howfield Massey instigated conversations with a provocation and members explored ideas for the development of the regional network and steering group.

A Crisis of Touch: East Midlands CHWA Gatherings, July 2020

Leading with the question, Have we found ways to create intimacy at a distance, particularly in relation to digital poverty?, Rachel and Laura invited dance artist and researcher, Dr Gemma Collard-Stokes, to frame a provocation considering the crisis of touch experienced by many due to the Covid-19 pandemic.