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Our Vision

Our vision is to develop the capacity of both the health and arts sectors in the North West Region, to deliver high quality innovative arts in health work, which is effective, efficient and value for money. This, we envisage will nurture a dynamic culture of creativity, reflective learning and sustainable practices; encouraging a healthier society.


“I am excited to be able to follow this study. Museums and galleries testify to the place of art in the life of the city. This study has the potential to take this further and show how art and culture promotes vitality within the human body, not only within the psyche. As someone who values both well-being and creativity, I look forward to learning exactly how they are connected. I think that the implications could well be long-ranging and extend not only the role of the cultural sector in this country, but the way it is seen”.

Sam Taylor-Wood, Artist
Sam Taylor-Wood was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1998 and works at the cutting edge of contemporary art.

“This is an important project. It is a unique opportunity for the North West Region. The arts have an impact on all our lives in a variety of ways; as audiences, participants or instigators. Our engagement might be through galleries, theatres and festivals or through film and television. What this research project is trying to achieve; to examine the relationship between creativity, culture and the arts on public health and well-being, will give us valuable insight into the effect and reach of the arts in the 21st Century”.

Melvyn Bragg, Broadcaster
Melvyn Bragg is a broadcaster and author and is Controller of Arts for London Weekend Television. In 1998 he was made a life peer.

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