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Creative Arts & Health

The arts have long been a part of the act of healing.  Healing, not only of the body but of the heart and mind is a crucial part of our whole lives and the arts are an essential  part of this process.

Arts and Health work has grown tremendously in recent years, with sophisticated delivery of projects having a marked impact on both communities and health services.

creativityteam have an unrivalled experience of the Arts and Health field in the West Midlands region supporting artists, arts development workers, community workers, and health and social care workers to develop arts work and explore challenging health agendas.



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praxis Arts & Health Network

Over the years a lot of people from both the arts and health sectors across the region have talked about the need to share good practice and learn from others.  Responding to this demand, creativityteam, arts and health workers from Black Country Arts Partnership and Staffordshire University have joined together to develop praxis. 

praxis brings people in the West Midlands together who are involved in arts and health work to reflect on their work and share good practice.


Please go to the Praxis website to sign up for your monthly newsletter and see the calendar of events.



Move IT! Black Country

Move it! used dance to explore issues relating to obesity, specifically addressing issues of body image and the impact this has on young people's self esteem and self-confidence. creativityteam developed the project working with arts and health partners from across the Black Country. Young people documented the Move it! workshops and worked with artists to develop the website.    



Please go to the Move It! website to see images
from the project and hear participants views. You can also  download a copy of the final evaluation report, lots of extra resources for arts and health workers and recent press articles.

Artist Professional Development Programme

creativityteam was commissioned by Arts Officers in Staffordshire to research the need for and develop a training programme for arts workers in Arts and Health Practice. A partnership with Staffordshire University to develop a West Midlands Professional Development Programme was developed and 20 artists participated in the first pilot Programme in 2006.
Funding from Arts Council West Midlands helped to secure the second Programme, which is accredited at Masters Level and took place in 2009. The third Programme will happen in 2010.
All students have a practical project to accompany their study and creativityteam coordinates the placements and Employers Forum, as well as leading the teaching team.


LiveWell: Birmingham

Birmingham City Council Arts Team and Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Partnership commissioned creativityteam to gather information about arts work, which has supported people to improve their quality of life and explore factors that affect their life expectancy.
The projects profiled under the heading of
Live Well: Birmingham took place in four areas of the city: Ladywood, Perry Barr, Erdington and Hodge Hill.
The web based resource illustrates the range of exciting work happening in these areas. This included projects exploring key health and well being issues, for example smoking, drugs and alcohol misuse, obesity and nutrition, teenage pregnancy.
creativityteam went on to work with the partners to identify a number of key actions they were committed to undertake to develop arts and health work across the city.


See all the projects profiled as part of the research at