Can London be a creative health capital city?

Date: 27th November 2023


London Creative Health City: Building it Together

On the 27th November, London Arts and Health invited everyone interested in the intersections of health and culture to come together for a day of exchange, reflection, boundary pushing and action planning. Together, we imagined London as a creative health capital city, laying the building blocks to see it become reality. Creative and health organisations and practitioners all see health and culture working together to address health needs across the UK’s capital city, however, for too many Londoners these activities are out of reach.

I spent the day asking people what creative health means to them, what they think about London as creative health city, how to make it a reality and what difference it would make to their work. The conversations highlight the opportunities and challenges and offer perspectives from people working on the ground with communities, across many forms of creativity.

The event was an initiative developed and funded by the Mayor of London and Arts Council England, delivered in partnership with London Arts and Health.

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Interviewees in order:

Anna Woolf London Arts and Health
Jide Ashimi Raw Material Music & Media, SLaM
Shadé Joseph Writerz & Scribez
Lydia Rose Freelance Artist
Marley Starsky Butler FreelanceNew Town Culture, Hospital Rooms
Mah Rana, Artist & Academic
Dr. Paul Gilluley NHS North East London
Laura Godfrey Isaacs Artist & Midwife, Maternal Journal
Joanna Latimer London Arts and Health
Tarek Iskander Battersea Arts Centre
Lewis Pickles & Elise Harbord The Road Zine
Lwandile Nkosi & Donald Boujar Queen Mary University of London
Marlo Savin The Albany & Sounds Like Chaos
Kirsty Collander-Brown The Albany
Elizabeth Lynch CADA
Richard Ings Arts Council England