“Arts and culture, such as music, dance and theatre, can play an important role throughout life in supporting people to be healthier and happier. From community projects to arts therapies in clinical settings across the country, evidence-based arts interventions are making a positive difference to people‚Äôs health and wellbeing.” Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England

2N Museums and mental health

Anita Jensen

Benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary collaborations in Arts and Health in the UK and Denmark

A qualitative study of the interdisciplinary work between health professionals, museum educators and mental health service users. The study seeks to understand some benefits and challenges in the interdisciplinary field of arts and health practice exploring different settings. The study illustrates that competing institutional logics play a vital and ambiguous part in the work of the professions involved in the arts and health practice that presents a challenge for the interdisciplinary work in the field.


Julia Cort

The challenges and opportunities of partnership working between museum and mental health sectors for participants, staff and organisations and how we plan to move forward

The Horniman is a Museum and Gardens in south London. We have built partnerships with local NHS and community-run mental health services based on the power of objects to support recovery at all stages since 2012. This presentation will chart the challenges and opportunities of partnership working between museum and mental health sectors for participants, staff and organisations. It will also focus on how we plan to move forward using shared training opportunities and evaluation methodologies, co-created outreach resources, volunteering progression routes for mental health service users and co-delivered public awareness-raising events.


Helen Shearn

Journeys of Appreciation Programme

Journeys of Appreciation Programme (JOAP) is an innovative partnership project between South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia, Clinical Academic Group) and a variety of cultural venues including Art Galleries and Museums in London. JOAP aims to encourage staff and service users out of the ward to take part in a cultural experience. JOAP creates a space for staff and service users to work together in a new way, visit a stimulating environment, learn about each other and discover new things. The visits include hands-on creative workshops, exploring exhibitions, object handling and sensory experiences. It is a fun, stimulating project which aids recovery, encourages self-expression and independence. The range of cultural venues we work with provide a rich resource of collections that appeal to different hobbies and interest of service users and staff. The JOAP trips diversify the museum’s audience and the reach of its community engagement.