Greater London

GOSH Family Arts Week - Iroko Theatre Company
GOSH Family Arts Week - Iroko Theatre Company

Each region is represented by two champions: one from the museums sector and one from the arts sector, each working with health and wellbeing. The regional champions are working with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance in a voluntary capacity. Become a member and join the conversation.

London Arts and Health is a membership organisation which aims to develop the role of culture in wellbeing and to promote and support arts in health activity across London and address health inequalities. Those who experience the greatest health inequalities are also those least able to access the arts, including those in hospitals and care homes, disabled people, those who are dying, and the 1 in 4 of us who experience mental ill-health. To find out more visit here.

Nowhere in England is this inequity of access more acute than in London. 

portrait of Anna Woolf wearing a black and white top in a London street

Anna Woolf
Director, London Arts in Health Forum

Anna has lived experience of birth trauma and has worked with UCH maternity (2018) Tea and Toast: Poems for New Mums, Maternal Journal Maternal Journal (2021) and The Mum Poem Press (2021) Songs of Love and Strength exploring this topic. Anna is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Royal Society of Public Health. She is a trustee for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society which was founded by her own Mother who has RA, 21 years ago as a patient-led charity, supporting people living with Arthritis. Anna authored the Cultural Social Prescribing Myth Buster, co-chairs the London Action on Creative Health stakeholder group and runs initiatives such as the Digital Sandpit for LAH.

A woman smiling facing the camera wearing a salmon pink scarf with her hair tied back, leaning against a red door frame

Maria Monivas
Social Prescriber, Westminster

Maria is Social Prescriber within a PCN in Westminster, supporting patients with social, emotional and practical needs in a holistic way. She works closely with VCFSE sector as well and cultural organisations to improve her patients' health and wellbeing. Maria's background is Psychology and Contemporary Jewellery Design, and possesses experience running mindful making workshops to tackle mild to moderate mental health issues through applied arts. 

Passionate about social change, reducing health inequalities and the use of creativity for wellbeing. Exited of being a Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance Regional Champion and promoting culture, art and creativity to be accessible to everyone in the community.