RSPH has made important contributions over a number of years in supporting the development of the arts and health field in the UK.

This group will help to further establish RSPH's role of in helping to support research, evidence-based practice and policy development in this vibrant field, and is supported by a steering group.

Aims of the group

  • Sharing current research and best practice
  • Organising conferences, seminars and workshops
  • Influencing government policy as a professional body  

Get involved

This Special Interest Group is open to all RSPH members with an interest in the contribution the creative arts can make to health and wellbeing. To join, please contact Joely Campbell.

Previous events

Find out about our latest Arts, Health and Wellbeing conference

First International Research Conference on the Arts and Dementia: Theory, Methodology and Evidence

Download the abstracts Download the programme


Upcoming activities

Health: from here to where? A dystopian short story competition from RSPH and the Health Foundation

We want talented creative writers with an interest in health and wellbeing to help us imagine a dystopian future (near or far) where the consequences of the social and commercial determinants of health are played out. The winning author will receive £1,500, while a selection of highly-commended entrants will receive £500 each. 

Find out more

Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference

June 19th - 21st

Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Arts, Health and Wellbeing was launched in January 2014. Peers and MPs with a shared interest in the field of arts and health come together for regular events to hear about and discuss the latest developments relevant to current policy priorities.

The APPG is currently conducting a 2 year inquiry (2015-17) on the arts and health with the aim of producing a paper that will influence health, social care and public health policy. There are monthly roundtables held on a wide range of topics involving practitioners, researchers, policy makers, commissioners, MPs, Lords and others.

RSPH is working in partnership with the APPG on its current inquiry and is represented by a member of the SIG’s steering committee, Prof Paul M. Camic, FRSPH of Canterbury Christ Church University. For more information about the APPG and its current work please visit their website.

APPG Arts and health
First National Arts and Health Conference and Showcase

First national arts and health awards and showcase

Academics and artists explore the relationship between Arts, Health and Wellbeing

The Cultural Institute and Breathe Arts Health Research are launching a new programme which will explore how the arts can enhance health and wellbeing in clinical and care settings. Over the next six months they will be offering opportunities for artists and health academics at King's to work together and develop new conversations and collaborations. They will seed-fund the best arts and health proof of concept ideas that emerge.

There will be a series of networking events for academics and artists across King's Health campuses. Find out more.

Infographics have been developed for each of the health faculties to illustrate some of the work that has already taken place with artists and arts organisations in each field. You can view these here: