Arts on Prescription

Artlift is a specialist creative health charity co-producing projects and courses for people living with mental health challenges, long-term chronic pain and/or who are living with or moving on from cancer.

We have honed our approach to Arts on Prescription by co-producing with health sector partners and people with lived experience. We also continually reflect and work to improve positive impact on our participants’ health and wellbeing through anaylsis of data shared with long-term partner University of Gloucestershire.

Artlift provides Arts on Prescription courses and multi-arts projects through which participants can move into a different space in their minds and/or in life!

We embed as much choice as possible into our programmes and courses, offering them in as many locations across the county as possible (when able to work face-to-face) and drawing on various arts activities including drawing and painting, arts and crafts, creative writing, hip hop artforms, carnival arts, etc.  We focus on creativity rather than technical skill and participants can choose a group to suit their schedule and interests. No skill, talent or experience in the arts is needed.

Most of our participants benefit from working in online or community-based groups. Each person has access to:

  • 10 weekly sessions
  • Up to 3 x Creative Check-ins one-to-one with their Artist, which draw on a health coaching approach enabling the setting of light touch goals

We also employ a Creative Navigator who works alongside people who are facing more complex mental health issues, who are unable to access groups, and/or who are struggling to find a ways forwards with their pain management. Whilst the benefits of being in groups is proven through our evaluation, we recognise that some people may need to start by working 1:1 and/or need a longer-term, tailored programme of Arts on Prescription.

All Artlift participants are supported to sustain their peer connections, arts practice and thereby wellbeing, through:

Arts on Prescription is different from Art Therapy

We provide a safe space where our trained artists use creativity to support the mental and / or physical wellbeing of each person who joins us. We focus on the activity and / or the social interaction, not on a participant’s medical condition.

Most people join our groups, usually with a maximum of twelve people, working alongside an Artlift artist. The focus is on the creativity and arts activities. Participants report an appreciation of focusing on positive activities alongside people who have some shared understanding and/or experience. Find out more about our current courses and projects

Are you a potential participant?

Refer yourselfIf you are an individual living in Gloucestershire and would like to put yourself forward for either our Create Well, ICU Leavers or Flourish programmes, please...

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