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Mission statement

The LENS is a network of people who believe in the benefits of creative and cultural engagement to individual and collective wellbeing.

By working in partnership and acting as a critical friend, The LENS will champion access to creative and cultural opportunities for all. 

The LENS will work to ensure that the voices of those with lived experience remain at the heart of the arts, health and wellbeing movement.


Vision statement

Every member of society will understand that access to creative and cultural opportunities is important for individual and collective wellbeing.



  1. To advocate for the value that creative and cultural engagement brings to health and wellbeing through all of life’s stages, for everyone
  1. To ensure that the voice of The LENS is central to the development of policy and legislation and the models of creative health and wellbeing within health and social care, criminal justice and wider community contexts
  2. To empower people to share their stories about creative and cultural engagement for health and wellbeing to build a compelling evidence base  

    If you have lived experience and are interested in becoming a Regional Champion, you can find out more information by downloading the document below. Alternatively, email us at

    Reflections from LENS members on covid-19

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    LENS event: 29 May 2019 in Brighton

    There is a rich and diverse range of arts for health opportunities being delivered across Brighton and the South East, and the health and wellbeing benefits of cultural engagement are more widely recognised today than ever before. 

    To share and celebrate some of the success stories of such projects, Rhythmix; as South East champion for the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance, will be hosting a 'Participant Voice' event on the evening of 29th May at Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre from 6.30pm-9pm.

    You are warmly invited to join us for the evening to hear some inspiring stories of arts engagement from participants and practitioners alike.  Over light refreshments, we will take part in Q & A and workshops, including singing for health and a visual arts activity.  We will be hearing from Gilly Angell, lead for the Culture Health and Wellbeings Lived Experience Network, about how this network is growing and feeding into a national strategy for Arts and Health.  We'll also hear from the critically acclaimed Vincent Dance Theatre about their impactful work around social engagement.

    If you would like to attend this free event, please sign up via Eventbrite here.