Creativity in Health

A six-week course for artists wanting to work in health settings

Mondays, 12.30 - 3.30pm, 6th October - 10th November 2014

Fee: £120.00

In this professional development course we offer established and emerging artists the opportunity to learn more about participatory arts work in health contexts. We will explore different approaches to the use of arts in health - from arts in health promotion, to social prescribing, to the arts therapies. Participants will be able to gain insight into Creative Alternatives and find out how we use the arts to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as how we evaluate and present our work to the medical community. We'll give first-hand practical insight into programme operations and arts commissioning, equipping participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue work opportunities with Creative Alternatives, as well as with other service providers in the health sector. We offer this course in partnership with Sefton MBC's Public Health and Arts and Cultural Team, giving participants the opportunity to engage directly with health promotion and arts development staff. This course is provided by Creative Alternatives, Sefton's 'Arts on Prescription' programme. The main course facilitator is Jessica Bockler, Programme Leader of Creative Alternatives. 

Course Aims

  • To deepen understanding of arts and health practice        
  • To enable artists to identify opportunities within the health sector 
  • To equip artists with the skills to pitch successfully for health commissions   
  • To equip artists with essential knowledge of arts and health evaluation

Course Content

Week 1:
 Understanding different approaches to Arts and Health. We'll examine different examples of arts practice, from arts in health promotion, to arts on prescription programmes, to arts therapies. We'll explore how the different approaches function and what skills are required in each field.

Week 2: Navigating your way around the health sector. We'll explore what priorities and challenges lie ahead for the NHS and how creative approaches may be used to enrich health provision. We'll meet a member of Sefton's Public Health team and we'll discuss how the arts are perceived by the medical profession and how we can continue to build our case for arts in health. We'll spend time examining different approaches to arts and health evaluation and we'll tackle the essentials of report writing.    

Week 3:
 Boundaries of practice. We'll explore the boundaries between ‘arts on prescription', ‘community arts' and ‘arts therapy', highlighting where such areas of practice converge and diverge.  

Week 4:
Pitching successfully for commissions. We'll explore with senior staff from Sefton MBC how arts & health work is commissioned and what service providers look for when examining commission applications. Participants will receive a fictive Creative Alternatives brief. They will be asked to split into groups and to prepare a response to the commission which they will present in week 6.  

Week 5:
Working in hospitals. We'll meet an artist who has extensive experience of hospital commissions and find out what work in clinical environments involves. We'll also continue preparing responses to the fictive commission brief.  

Week 6:
Commission presentations & feedback. Participants will have the opportunity to present their commission response to a panel of Creative Alternatives & Sefton MBC staff, and receive feedback as to how they have performed.   

The course is limited to 15 places.

For more information and to register on the course, please contact:

Jessica Bockler, Programme Leader, Creative Alternatives 



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