The Art of Social Prescribing Conference 2015

In September 2015, the Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC) was delighted to co-host the national Art of Social Prescribing conference in collaboration with the Arts Council England-funded Cultural Commissioning Programme (CCP) and the New Economics Foundation (NEF).

Run as part of the CCP’s Making Connections event series, the conference was designed to facilitate discussion on the value of social prescribing as a cultural commissioning model. Following keynote presentations from academic researchers in the field – including the ICC’s Kerry Wilson – delegates heard considered responses from a panel of policy experts representing the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), Arts Council England (ACE) and the CCP, followed by an open floor Q&A.

In the afternoon session, delegates were invited to participate in a choice of interactive workshops, showcasing a range of established arts and cultural programmes, each highlighting good practice creative approaches in mental health and wellbeing and encouraging debate on how to most effectively commission, fund and evaluate social prescribing schemes. Click here for a copy of the full conference agenda.

Thanks to the events team at Merseyside Maritime Museum for providing the perfect venue, and to colleagues at Hatch TV in Liverpool for their expert filming of the event. Presentation slides and papers from the day are available via Storify – please scroll down to access videos of presentations and workshop sessions:

Opening plenary from Professor Paul Camic, Canterbury Christ Church University on AHRC Museums on Prescription research programme

Keynote from Dr Kerry Wilson, Institute of Cultural Capital on AHRC Art of Social Prescribing project

Panel response (in three parts) from Melanie Crew, DCMS; Helen Featherstone, ACE; and Jessica Harris, CCP; Chaired by Kerry Wilson, ICC.

Workshop sessions with Jo Ward, North West Museums Directory of Social Prescribing; Debbie Hicks, Reading Well Books on Prescription, The Reading Agency (no video available); Mark Swift, Wellbeing Enterprises, Social Prescribing in Halton; Matthew Pearce, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group; Claire Benjamin and Dawn Carroll, House of Memories at National Museums Liverpool; Rachel Rogers, Merseyside Dance Initiative (no video available); Jessica Bockler and Helen Holden, Creative Alternatives in Sefton; and Start, Arts on Prescription in Salford (no video available).

Closing plenary from Professor Rhiannon Corcoran, Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice

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