Health & Wellbeing Awards: Arts & Health

The Arts & Health Award is one of the categories of the Health & Wellbeing Awards.

This Award recognises organisations whose work has furthered the contribution of the creative arts to health and wellbeing.

Shortlist 2018

Comics Youth - Building Stories

The Building Stories project supports marginalised and disadvantaged children and young people aged 8-25 within the Liverpool City Region to engage in guided comic book reading and creation sessions in order to increase their literacy and improve their overall mental health.

Created Out of Mind – Shaping perceptions of dementias

The Created Out of Mind team aim to challenge and shape perceptions of dementias through science and the arts. By combining psychological and physiological measures with lived experiences, we aim to better understand how the arts can enable communication and connection, and enhance the lives of people living with dementias.

Live Music Now - “Bringing Music to Life” – creating musical care homes

The UK has a rapidly growing population of older people in adult social care, many living with dementia and chronic conditions. In 2017, Live Music Now (LMN) provided over 1,800 music workshops in care homes, delivering measurable and sustained health, wellbeing and social benefits for the people who live and work there.

Award criteria

Entered projects and programmes should demonstrate:

  • High quality creative arts and music provision that addresses significant health and wellbeing issues affecting individuals, families and the wider community
  • Supporting patients, families and healthcare staff involved in the planning and delivery of creative arts and music provision for health and wellbeing
  • Strong partnership working between creative artists, musicians, the NHS, public health professionals and other stakeholders
  • Attention given to sensitivity towards issues of cultural diversity and social inclusion

Category winners have the opportunity to be selected for the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award, while all finalists are considered for two special commendations given by Public Health England (PHE).

The winners are announced at the annual RSPH Awards ceremony. ​

Previous winners

Find out more

For more information about the Health & Wellbeing Awards and the entry process, please see our Frequently asked questions. Alternatively, please email us.