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On the 19th July 2017, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing launched a report to present the findings of two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists and arts administrators, academics, people in local government, ministers, other policy-makers and parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament. The report, Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing, can be found here.

Artlift features in the report, and some of the assosiated media coverage can be seen below:


Report on BBC Breakfast, 19th July 2017

Previous participant and full time artist Russell Haines did a great job on the BBC Breakfast couch this morning. You can see the report which begins at 03:04:00.

Sky News, 19th July 2017


The Daily Mail, 19th July 2017

Doctors advised to send patients to classes to help boost their health.


The Guardian, 19th July 2017

Arts can help recovery from illness and keep people well, report says.


Segment from Sky News, 18th July 2017

Report on arts on prescription and the findings from the APPG enquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing.


The Guardian, 28th December 2014

In an article in The Guardian, Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England, covers the use of the arts to boost health. 

Among other projects, Artlift is mentioned, with a comment from a doctor that "there is already better evidence for their [the arts'] efficacy than there ever was for Prozac."

Article from the Citizen newspaper 3rd January 2012

Gloucestershire County Council's Art Lift project was featured on the BBC regional news programme Midlands Today. 

It features Dr. Simon Opher and Art Lift participants. It is based on findings by researchers at the University of Gloucestershire. More information on Art Lift can be found at

Some of the material was originally shot for the Art Lift project by Beth Whittaker from and Jeremy Power from