A spectacular Autumn to you all!  
This time of year always feels like a moment of change. Halfway through the natural year let’s press the reset button and step forward with a positive footing into a new cycle.  Take some time for a little reflection as  three months away from….I’m going to say it….Christmas!  Enjoy this time, before the madness starts!
In this issue we bring you fresh local and national news and updates. I'm really excited to read the new Creative Ageing Treasury of Leeds, launching 1st October - details below.
I wish you all an arty Autumn, filled with convivial creativity and wonderful wellbeing! 

What's been happening in arts and health in Leeds and beyond?

Mapping creative health work in Yorkshire

National Centre for Creative Health has commissioned Ministry of Others to map arts and health work in Yorkshire, and they want to hear from practitioners!

  • Are you doing some work that is big on innovation? 
  • Are you delivering health and wellbeing benefits in clinical or social settings?
  • Maybe you have found a useful commissioning method or have great partnerships? 
  • Perhaps you’re forging new paths in personalisation or social prescribing?
You can add your work to the map via the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance website.
Mapping creative health in Yorkshire

Arts, Culture and the Brain: Arts Council England research

Arts Council England commissioned UCL’s Social Biobehavioural Research Group to investigate the impacts of creativity and culture on the brain, published last month.

The report offers extensive evidence that: 

  • Engaging in creativity and culture is linked to positive wellbeing, feeling connected, and motivation in people across a range of ages and locations.  
  • The mental wellbeing of people in highly deprived areas can benefit more from taking part in creative and cultural activities.  
  • By engaging with creativity and culture, relationships between parents and their children can be strengthened, while children can be more ready to start school, especially if they're less economically advantaged.  
  • Taking part in creative activities can help reduce a range of ‘negative’ behaviours in teenagers, including criminal behaviour and substance use. 
Co-author Dr Daisy Fancourt featured in Beyond Measure:Research and Evidence in Culture and Health, a slow conference developed and delivered by LAHWN in partnership with Centre for Cultural Value and the Cultural Institute at University of Leeds in 2020. You can find out more about Beyond Measure below.


Arts Culture and the Brain report
Beyond Measure

What's happening in LAHWN's focus areas?

Culture of Mental Health Forum

The next Culture of Mental Health Forum is planned for 20th October.

LAHWN and Forum Central's 'A Cultural of Mental Health' meetings bring together a range of perspectives on urgent themes and priorities in arts and mental health.

We will be looking at the work of Synergi Leeds alongside artists with an interest in racial justice and mental health. This session will consider how art can support self expression, connection and community action in these contexts.
Sign up to the event
Leeds’ Creative Ageing Forum was set up during the pandemic, with key organisations, practitioners and older people contributing to the Creative Ageing agenda. Leeds Arts Health and Wellbeing Network, Leeds Playhouse and Yorkshire Dance, supported by The Performance Ensemble, developed the idea of creating a treasury of activities by Leeds-based practitioners and organisations, to act as a practical guide in using  creative approaches for anybody who supports older people.
Access the resource from 1st October
Memory Bank Leeds launches
On Monday 10th October 2022 the Yorkshire Film Archive and the Hyde Park Picture House will be launching a new resource, Memory Bank Leeds.

Memory Bank Leeds is a compilation of specially selected archive films that is available as a DVD resource pack for use in a range of settings, from social groups, care homes, dementia cafés and for one-to-one reminiscence. There is a special drop-in session the Leeds Central Library where you can find out more.

Date: Monday 10th October 2022
Time: 10am - 1pm Venue: Sanderson Room, top floor of the Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB.

If you'd like more information about Memory Bank or if you have any questions about the launch, please email Laura

Shared Harmonies CIC - Diversity and Dementia Event and The Song Book Launch
Monday 10 October 2022
2pm - 3.15pm Zoom Launch Event
Shared Harmonies CIC warmly invite you to join us for an introduction to our singing for wellbeing work and the launch of The Song Book
Participants will get the opportunity to hear about the learning from Shared Harmonies’ Diversity and dementia project, explore benefits, barriers, enablers and real life experiences through guest speakers and panel discussions. There will also be practical demonstrations and sharing of resources to enable participants to use the learning and songs within their own practice. We will welcome input, ideas and questions.
Shared Harmonies event sign up
You can find resources to support work in arts and health on our updated LAHWN website including local and national networks, communities, organisations, training and development.  

Opportunities for members and their networks in arts and health:

Waiting Room Art Commissions

Leeds Community Health Partnerships are looking to connect with visual artists to create artworks inspired by local areas and communities for their clinic waiting rooms. These are funded commissions, with the budget set in consultation with selected artists.  For more information and to start a conversation contact Carol Billborough:

SANE Creative Awards 


SANE has a long association with the arts and for many years held a successful awards scheme providing grants to individuals wishing to further their artistic development.

The SANE Creative Awards Scheme builds on this tradition and presents an opportunity for those affected by mental ill-health, including their families and carers, to take a step towards realising their creative potential.

The awards are given for proposals in visual art which, for the purposes of the scheme, includes all forms of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media and digital art.

Applications for the fourth round of the Creative Awards Scheme should be received by Monday 7 November 2022, and more details can be found below.

SANE Creative Awards
To explore over 700 resources on arts and health visit the Arts and Health Repository, created on behalf of Special Interest Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing within the Royal Society for Public Health, here.
If you would like to share Arts and Health work or connect with and support network members by recommending resources and opportunities, please get in touch:
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