Building the bridge between health and the arts: THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING

The UK is a world leader in health and the arts. Interest in involving the arts in health improvement is growing rapidly.

Aesop and the Canterbury Christ Church University’s Faculty of Health and Wellbeing have identified continuing professional development as a key factor in the future of arts in health. They are working together to create the ‘Aesop Institute’ training initiative.

Initial market research has revealed that many see the Institute as important and timely. Potential benefits include: B

  • greater appreciation of the roles the arts can play in health and wellbeing
  • clearer understanding of the difference between artistic and health roles
  • more trusting and effective partnerships between the health and arts sectors
  • opportunities to deliver health improvements and savings
  • giving arts organisations the chance to reach new audiences and develop new earned income streams.

This free event is an opportunity to contribute ideas on how training can help grow and enrich arts in health practice, research and policy. A new survey outlining current provision of arts and health training across the UK will be launched.

Event details

Date: Friday 28th October 2016

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Augustine Hall, Augustine House, Rhodaus Town, Canterbury, CT1 2YA

Cost: Free

Confirmed speakers

Sarah Jewell, Public Health Workforce Development Manager, (Kent, Surrey and Sussex), Public Health England

Pauline Tambling CBE, CEO, Creative and Cultural Skills

Polly Wright, Artistic Director, The Hearth Centre


To book a place please visit the event page here.

Aesop’s Annual Review 2015/16

The success of Aesop’s first full year, 2015-16, encouraged us to produce an annual review.

Inside you will find not only the story of Aesop’s year and future plans but also a section, ‘What we now know’, with current thinking which we consider sufficiently advanced to be worth sharing.

The review is available to read as an online publication below, or can be viewed and downloaded as a pdf here.

First National Arts in Health Conference & Showcase

Aesop, the NHS Alliance and College of Medicine presented the first national Arts in health Conference & Showcase for health decision-makers at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Friday 5 February 2016.

The conference and showcase was a sell-out. It was trending on Twitter for seven hours and Radio 4’s PM programme covered it. Listen to the 4 minute item by BBC Health Correspondent, Adam Brimelow .

You can explore the day here:

      • Tim Joss’s keynote speech – text.
      • Souvenir programme – text.
      • Aesop Marketplace, the ‘dating site’ for health decision-makers and arts in health programmes –
      • Aesop’s Public Health England-commissioned arts in health evaluation framework – text.
      • View photos from the day here.

Watch videos from the opening and closing plenaries below, or visit our YouTube page.
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