Creativity in Motion


We are delighted to announce we have received a new grant from the Richmond Active Fund to launch Creativity in Motion. After the challenges of the past 18 months, this project is designed to help local residents get moving, reconnecting, and enhancing their wellbeing. Creativity in Motion will involve a series of art walks linked to the gems of Richmond Borough and booster sessions for those who have completed The Creative Wellbeing Project course. Please see our Facebook page for other exciting and upcoming news. https://www.facebook.com/CollectiveArtsLondon.

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The Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference, June 21, 22, 23, 2021

On 22nd June, we will be giving a short panel presentation on multidisciplinary practice in our perinatal wellbeing programme at West Middlesex University Hospital. Many thanks to our funders London Catalyst and the Sir Halley Stewart Trust for making this project possible. An extensive array of speakers and topics awaits those interested in the impact of the arts on health and wellbeing https://www.culturehealthwellbeing.org.uk/

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Collective Arts’ special interest research group for young people with experiences of self-harm

Over the past few months, Dr Vlad Kolodin has been planning and leading our special interest group (SIRG) which explores the impact of creative therapies to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people with experiences of self-harm. Our work on this project follows from a grant application written with psychiatrist Dr. Martina Di Simplicio for the UCL Social Isolation and Loneliness Network which has continued to influence our thinking in this area.

With seed funding from the University of Oxford and Emerging Minds https://emergingminds.org.uk/ (a research network that aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems experienced by children and young people), we’ve run a series of creative workshops and more recently a focus group with our young lived-experience researchers. As a small organisation, we are wading in a pool where our fellow grant recipients include prominent organisations such as the Anna Freud Center, so the bar is already pretty high. You can see the other SIRGs here https://emergingminds.org.uk/special-interest-research-groups/.

It’s been an exciting and informative process and our young researchers have provided insightful ideas and honest reflections on what does and doesn’t have the potential to influence the impact of creative therapeutic work in this area. Some things have surprised us (we’re learning too), but other feedback parallels the discoveries that have evolved through our design and delivery of The Creative Wellbeing Project.

In late autumn, we will be working with young filmmakers to share our SIRG’s insights and their experiences of the co-production research process. Exciting things to come. You can watch a short clip on our project here https://emergingminds.org.uk/special-interest-research-group-creative-therapy-to-support-young-people-engaged-in-self-harm/