Part of Creative Lives (formerly Voluntary Arts) #CreativeNetwork series of discussions and sharing events.

#CreativeNetwork - Wellbeing is a monthly conversation, providing the chance to exchange experiences, encourage peer support for practitioner and facilitator wellbeing and share good practice.

This event series is delivered in partnership with the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance

Join the conversations

Between March - June, we will be looking at Arts Council England's Investment Principles and how these relate to arts and culture for health and wellbeing.

  • 27 June 2022, 1 -2pm - Register here
    Inclusion & Relevance: Discussing CHWA East Midlands podcast and LENs guidance


  • 30 May 2022, 1-2pm 
    Environmental Responsibility: Discussing recent CHWA's Creativity, Health and Climate case studies

  • 28 February 2022 - no session
  • January Challenge with 64 Million Artists

    31 January 2022, To mark the end of the January Challenge64 Million Artists' Jemima Frankel and Associate Artist, Michaela Tranfield joined us to share the ethos and inspiration behind the challenges and facilitate a creative exchange exploring boundaries and boundary setting.
  • 27 December 2021 - no session
  • Working well with the wellbeing sector 

    29 November 2021,
    This session explored and dealing with the practicalities of engaging with the language and systems of the health service. It offered jargon busting advice 'Culture on Prescription' from London Arts and Health about negotiating the world of Social Prescribing.

       Watch a short snippet below.

  • practitioner support

    25 October 2021, For this introductory session, we talk about  sharing experiences and the new resource pack developed by the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance. Access these here

The growing research and policy focus on the role of arts, culture and creativity in public health and wellbeing is a positive development, building on long-standing anecdotal recognition of this potential by practitioners. 

Yet this work is often complex and challenging and those working in the area, on both an amateur and professional basis, require support and connections to address the varied issues that surround this, including:

  • Self-care when working with complex needs, competing demands and limited resources  
  • Dealing with difference and conflict 
  • Forming more effective partnerships 
  • Creating nurturing environments 
  • Addressing health inequalities

#CreativeNetwork - Wellbeing offers a space for open discussion and sharing of ideas and experiences. We welcome contributions from those that join and will share resources and information through this open forum.

We aim to make these sessions accessible. Please share any requirements when you register or contact us directly.

If you have any questions prior to the event, please contact claire[at]

Find out more 

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing - Report from the 2014 - 2017 All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

The MARCH network - produce and share research on social, cultural and community assets and the role they play in enhancing public mental health and wellbeing

National Academy for Social Prescribing

UCL's Culture and Health research - including the Creative Lives and CHWA supported Community COVID, and Great British Creativity Test

A Social Glue - 2021 report authored by Dr Clive Parkinson of The Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change