LAHF news

New LAHF Newsletter - call for submissions

We are taking the opportunity to change the LAHF newsletter too - so, from next month, our newsletter will also become monthly and will be more focused on London news. We want to hear from you about events, opportunities, developments and local stories.

New Policy briefing - sign up

The launch of the new Alliance marks a key moment for London Arts in Health Forum. For the past six years we have steered the development of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and supported the establishment of the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing.

Alliance Launch

Last week the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance launched in Birmingham. This is a new, national organisation representing everyone who believes that cultural engagement and participation can transform our health and wellbeing.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week

This year’s week will focus on different artforms - all the while looking at the theme of quality in arts and health. We are planning a series of events to address the ways in which different artforms contribute to health and wellbeing and how we measure and evaluate quality in the delivery of arts and health.

Training for Clinicians - 27 February 2018

LAHF is running another training day for clinicians interested in the role the arts can play in supporting their practice.

Take part in the Westminster Hall Debate on the Effects of the Arts on Health – 11 October 2017

The debate takes place from 4.30-5.30pm. Please spread the word via your networks and tweet about it using the hashtags #APPGAHW and #ArtsHealthWellbeing.

New Chair and Trustees for LAHF

LAHF is delighted to announce the election of a new permanent Chair of the board. Judith Mellor has extensive experience of governance in the arts, disability and social sectors. She was previously Chair of Northampton Theatres and a trustee of The Bush and Graeae.

Westminster Hall debate on arts and health – 11 October 2017

Following the publication earlier this year of the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Arts Health and Wellbeing - Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on the Effects of the Arts on Health.

Creativity and Wellbeing Planning - 2018

Creativity and Wellbeing, the annual festival of arts and health, will take place from 2 June to 10 June 2018. LAHF will be organising lectures, talks and showcase events and will be pioneering some new activities too. There will also be opportunities to meet with fellow professionals with an interest in the connections between the arts and wellbeing.


Over the past six months, we have commissioned a series of blogs looking at arts and health across the life course. These were designed to support and lead up to the publication of the APPG report of its inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

APPG Inquiry launch

On 19th June, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts Health and Wellbeing will launch its report into the impact of the arts on health. Conducted over 2 years, the report is the most significant evaluation of the role of the arts on health and wellbeing ever conducted in the UK.

New national body for culture, health and wellbeing

Following the announcement of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio Organisations, we are pleased to announce that The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing will be merging with the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing to become a new Sector Support Organisation - the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA).

NPO Funding

We were pleased to hear that we would remain a part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of Organisations as announced recently. The news means that LAHF’s core activity (including this newsletter!) will continue until 2022.

Creativity and Wellbeing 2018

Following the success of this year’s Creativity and Wellbeing festival we are pleased to announce the dates for next year’s celebration of health and creativity. The week will take place from 4th to 10th June 2018 and we expect it to be bigger than ever. This year, there were over 330 events with more than 35,000 people attending - so start planning for 2018 now!

Creativity and Wellbeing – thank you!

LAHF would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved in this year's Creativity and Wellbeing Week. The festival was the biggest yet and we are still recovering! An estimated 35,000 people attended different events right across London and beyond!