What is culture, health and wellbeing?

Sense Arts performers dancing at a festival at Birmingham Mac
Sense Arts performing at Birmingham Mac

Over recent years, there has been a growing understanding of the impact that creative or cultural activity can have on health and wellbeing.

Accessing the arts and heritage – and more generally working with our own creativity using our imaginations – can improve our health if we have diagnosed mental or physical health problems, but is also good for our health and wellbeing more generally, and for the health of our communities and society.

2012 Charter for Arts, Health & Wellbeing

We are in the process of updating this charter for 2019/20.

    The APPG

    Creative Health, the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, was published in 2017.

    The aim of the APPG is to improve awareness of the benefits and recognise the powerful contribution that arts and culture can bring to health and wellbeing. The group carried out an in depth Inquiry into the engagement of arts and culture in health and social care. The report concluded that art and culture can:

    • Help keep us well, aid our recovery and support longer lives better lived.
    • Help meet major challenges facing health and social care: ageing, long term conditions, loneliness and mental health.
    • Help save money in the health service and social care.