Arts for Wellbeing: Innovation Incubator

Explore how arts-based interventions can promote wellbeing and create a meaningful impact on mental health.

Key Information
  • Boost your knowledge – of the relationship between creative practice and wellbeing in order to better understand contemporary approaches to reducing mental health inequalities
  • Work with partners – explore the work of the local NHS trusts, voluntary organisations and a range of innovative social enterprises interested in arts for wellbeing
  • Develop your own ideas – for wellbeing interventions, with support from experts in producing and delivering a pitch or funding bid
  • Open to anyone – this activity is relevant to a wide range of disciplines including but not limited to students from creative degrees, psychology, education, sociology and social work
  • Commitment – you will need to be available between 10am and 3pm on either Monday, Tuesday and Friday or Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 26 May and 19 June
Detailed Information

Mental health and wellbeing are one of the significant challenges of our time. They impact on quality of life, on social cohesion and on economic prosperity – to the extent that responding to these issues is formally part of the Greater Manchester Industrial Strategy. The pressing urgency of responding to these issues is generating creative approaches – many of which focus on early interventions to address the causes of mental illness before they require more serious (and expensive) treatment at the point of crisis. The NEF proposal ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing‘ is helping to structure these responses by identifying the five simple qualities of life which guard against mental health problems.

In this Third Term activity, you will explore the theory and practice relating to these kinds of interventions – including input from the NHS, and a range of art-based entrepreneurs working in the area. You will be supported in understanding better how to develop and run activities. Through the experience, you will understand wellbeing in a more sophisticated way and develop some key enterprise and business skills.

Group Information

During the application process, you will be asked if you have a preference in group allocation. There is no difference between the groups other than the days that sessions run (all between 26 May and 19 June, and all between 10am and 3pm):

  • Group A: Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Group B: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays