The Arts & Health Award is one of the categories of the Health & Wellbeing Awards. It provides an opportunity for organisations to gain recognition for work that has furthered the contribution of the creative arts to wellbeing and health.

Arts & Health Award: 2015 winners

In association with Canterbury Christ Church University
Theme: Creative Arts and the Wellbeing of Armed Forces, ex-Services Personnel and their Families

Combined Practice and Research Award: Home Front Practice Award: Abandoned Brothers, by Re-Live
The Home Front project, which ran from January 2012 to January 2013, took an innovative approach to tackling mental health issues affecting military personnel, using stand-up comedy to increase awareness, encourage new ways of thinking and reduce stigma. Re-Live, an organisation which creates theatre and life story work, delivered its arts and wellbeing project Abandoned Brothers in Cardiff in June 2014. The project focused on the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on veterans and their families, working with groups of veterans and their family members to shape their experiences into a moving and unique piece of testimonial theatre.

Special commendations
5 Soldiers by Rosie Kay Dance Company Combat Stress
5 Soldiers is a performance dance theatre work, unique in British dance history. It has challenged and changed perceptions of the general public toward the military, showing the sheer effort, physical work and commitment involved in their work, and touching people through its deep understanding and portrayal of the life of a soldier. Art therapy was introduced to Combat Stress, the veterans’ mental health charity, in October 2001. Over the years since then an adaptive, integrated art therapy model has evolved specifically to meet the needs of traumatised veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.
Military Wives Choir Foundation Veterans in Practice
The Military Wives Choir Foundation supports a network of 75 Military Wives Choirs with over 2,000 members, and provides opportunities to sing and enjoy music, enhancing creative ability and improving personal development. Veterans in Practice (VIP) is a creative digital programme for military veterans, run by the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT). Since 2013, the programme has held weekly workshop sessions at FACT, bringing veterans and artists together to collaborate and co-produce creative projects, including animations, documentaries and online projects.

Special international commendation   
Danish Wounded Warriors Project
The Danish Wounded Warriors Project has been developed from within the Royal Danish Ballet to become an independent organisation, providing sustained support for severely wounded ex-servicemen through the use of dynamic polytrauma pilates. It gives unique opportunities to collaborate in national performances and develop new and contemporary work.