A programme of digital engagement exploring
research and evidence in culture and health
Experts in the health and arts sector explored the question, 'What does effective collaboration look like in arts and health work?'
Chaired by Rob Webster, Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWYFT). He has worked in healthcare since 1990, working in national roles at the Department of Health on policy, transformation, and delivery, as well as acting as director for both the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the Cabinet Office. SWYFT has a track record of investment in arts and health work, an area which Rob is passionate about. He has been a trustee at Leeds Mencap and has chaired formal national networks including cancer, primary care, community services and learning disabilities.
With panellists, Mick Ward, associate of the Health Systems Innovations Lab, a Senior Associate of Nurture Development, and a Trustee of Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Julia Puebla Fortier doctoral candidate at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Lerato Dunn, Arts Development Officer at Bristol City Council.
Experts in the health and arts sector came together in a panel discussion investigating the impact of - and the evidence for - art and culture making a difference to health outcomes.
This discussion was chaired by Victoria Hume, Director of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance. She has a background as a composer, researcher and project manager specialising in culture, health and wellbeing, and was an arts manager for the NHS for 15 years.
Victoria was joined by panellists Norma Daykin professor of Arts as Wellbeing in the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing at the University of Winchester, Angela Awuah Founder and Chief Executive of Mental Health The Arts, David McQuillan, Arts & Health Programme Manager for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Mike and Helen, serial attenders, and latterly organisers, of cultural engagement programmes in the city of Leeds.
Unfortunately, due to technical issues we're not able to share a full recording of this event.
We commissioned a series of 10 digital engagement artworks, exploring themes around research and evidence for culture and health.
The commissioned artists created works which explore ownership of research, practitioner mental health, and ethics and equity in research and co-production.
Artists commissioned include BeckyCherriman, Mahboobeh Rajabi, Invisible Flock, Lets Keep Growing, Niya B, Move Dance Feel, Sarah Fraser, Dominique Baron-Bonarjee, Canal Connections and Garry Barker.
We’re grateful to Ruth Pitt, Chair of Leeds 2023; Dr Mo Sattar, Leeds-based GP; Fe, artist and LAHWN advisory group member; and Professor Dorothy Monekosso of Leeds Beckett University for making the final selection.
In July 2020, we invited collaborators from the arts and health industry to host a series of discussions via the @UniLeedsCulture account.
Click on the images below to read more on how the conversations went.