Final countdown to Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2021

The final countdown has begun to Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2021, our annual celebration of the ground-breaking work happening around the country in culture, creativity, health and wellbeing. It’s not too late to enter your own event. Discover our resources here.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week reimagined

We are happy to share that, alongside our partners the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA), we have re-imagined Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2020.

We may not be able to come together in the same way, but we do want to provide a space where people can celebrate the incredible individuals and organisations that work in this sector. 

64 Million Artists January challenge

This is the fifth year of the Challenge, which provides a quick creative challenge each day across January, sent by email.  Last year over 7,500 people took part and over 90% said that the challenge had a positive impact on their wellbeing.

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Contemporary Painting: In Good Health, at Paintings in Hospitals – 13-17 June 2017

A new exhibition for Creativity and Wellbeing Week, at Paintings in Hospitals' Menier Gallery headquarters, bringing together artworks from PiH's unique collection with those by members of artist-led organisation Contemporary British Painting.

Featured artists include: Basil Beattie, Ian Davenport, Mary Webb, Carol Rhodes, Cathy Lomax, Pen Dalton, Matthew Krishanu and Mandy Payne. The exhibition will be hosted at the Menier Gallery during Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2017 (13-17 June).

Sadlers Wells Elixir Festival, London – 23-27 June 2017

Established in 2014, this dance festival celebrates lifelong creativity and the contribution of older artists, challenging assumptions about what older people can and want to do.

Elixir Festival 2017 will include KnowBody II, Elixir Extracts, Elixir Workshops, The Elixir Conference and 7 Dialogues.

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Successful trials begin to tackle loneliness

A trial, community-based programme from Age UK has met with significant success, with 88% of the participants experiencing a reduction in loneliness thanks to a mix of co-operative local networks and traditional befriending services. The Age UK trial used three approaches across eight local Age UK outlets:

Everyday creativity link to long term wellbeing

Researchers have identified a link between everyday creative activity and an “upward spiral” of increased wellbeing and creativity in young adults.

Evidence for gardens and health

An independent report on the benefits of gardens and gardening on health has identified the important place gardening interventions have in the wider health and care system with a focus on four specific areas: social prescribing; community gardens; dementia care; end-of-life care.

Reading Well for young people

A reading list of 35 books selected by mental health experts and young people has been launched with the aim of supporting young people’s mental health. Part of the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme the list aims to provide 13-18 year-olds with a wide range of self-help and information titles, as well as memoir, graphic novels and fiction.

World Happiness Report shows increasing inequality

The fourth annual report reviews the international state of happiness and seeks to show how a new science of happiness explains personal and national variations; the report notes that happiness inequality has increased significantly across the globe.


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