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We went to the First National Arts and Health Conference and Showcase, organised by Aesop last Friday, and came away with two big messages about the future of Arts & Health.


First, the health sector now recognises the potential contribution of arts and culture, with Public Health England publishing the Arts for Health and Wellbeing Evaluation Framework. This has not always been the case and is an important evolution.


Second, the arts still need to overcome important challenges around scale, critical mass and evidence base, if they are to become an important part of the health sector. This was emphasised by both arts and health representatives.


We see funding as pivotal in all this. Achieving adequate scale and critical mass will be vital to yield the kind of robust evidence base that public sector bodies often require as a condition for funding. For this, we see a mix of public and private being necessary, with private funding playing a particularly critical role in the short term.


Social Investment may be a further - relatively untapped - area that the arts and health sector could draw upon. The Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and Maudsley Charity, among others, have already played an important role in enabling pilot projects to form and scale up.

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Rossella has four years experience of working in research and evaluation. She holds particularly strong qualitative research and project management skills.

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