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19 February 2020

Creatively Minded: a new study mapping the Arts & Mental Health field in the UK

This week we have published an overview of arts & mental activity in the UK looking at who’s doing what, where and a range of issues affecting the field.

Creatively Minded will inform our new funding programme on Arts & Mental Health starting later this year but we hope it will be of interest to people working in this area in general. It:

  • considers the context, including the recent changes in attitudes to mental health, national and local policy and a number of cross-cutting issues such as the relationship between social inequalities and mental ill health, diversity and intersectionality, and artists’ self-care.
  • provides an overview of activity identified through the research, according to art form, type of organisation and setting. Research identified over 170 organisations working in this area, although we know this will be an underestimate.
  • concludes with some initial reflections on the field.

“It has been a huge privilege to visit some of the projects mentioned here to talk to participant and artists. One of the things that was most noticeable was the quiet passion with which artists work in this field and it was particularly moving to hear how central creative activity often is to the lives of participants. The next decade feels like a time of opportunity for arts and mental health and we hope to be part of it.”

David Cutler  

More information about future funding opportunities will be available later in the year.

Main image: Photo by Ali Wright. Outside Edge Theatre Company. VAULT Festival 2019.