Manifestos and declarations

Messages left on the grass wall in 'Nature Calls' - the finale exhibition of Paintings in Hospitals 'Art in Large Doses' project - Photo by Glenn Michael Harper
Messages left on the grass wall in 'Nature Calls' - the finale exhibition of Paintings in Hospitals 'Art in Large Doses' project - Photo by Glenn Michael Harper

Manifestos, pledges and declarations from our partners

Creative Industries Manifesto

This 10-point manifesto outlines our statement of intent, and aims to drive inclusive growth and innovation across towns, cities and rural areas, in every nation and region throughout the UK. It builds on the landmark Creative Industries Sector Deal, agreed by government with the Creative Industries Council working with the Creative Industries Federation and others.


The Flourishing Lives Coalition

The Flourishing Lives coalition is united by a shared vision of excellence in services for older people, a Charter for innovation and best practice that defines the core relational philosophy of our work.

We believe that there is a pressing need to change the way people think about ageing - and the way service providers engage with older people. We want to work together to ensure that older people are genuinely valued and empowered to lead healthier, happier, more active and connected lives.

Our Flourishing Lives Charter identifies the core values of this relational approach.  

The Manchester Declaration

The Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change is a collective of people and organisations committed to improving the health of communities and addressing inequalities and their causes across Greater Manchester, nationally and globally.

Kids in Museums Manifesto

The Manifesto can be used in the following ways:

  • As an audit tool
  • To help you with Arts Council accreditation
  • To show your visitors your values
  • As a framework for improvement
  • To promote your museum to a family audience
  • As an advocacy document

Charter for Arts, Health & Wellbeing

The Charter for Arts, Health & Wellbeing was produced in 2012 after extensive consultation by the then National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing before its merger with the National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing to form this Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance.

The Recoverist Manifesto

Between 2012 and 2014, people in recovery from substance addiction, in the UK, Italy and Turkey, took part in artist-led workshops to explore the role of culture and the arts in their lives. Working with professional artists across the three countries, many people had a taste of contemporary art for the first time and shared their experiences through large-scale exhibitions and symposia. The Recoverist Manifesto came about through a meeting of minds, clash of cultures and diverse ideals.

Creative Freedom's Manifesto for a mentally healthy cultural sector

Our manifesto for a mentally healthy cultural sector

It’s time to change the conversation about mental health in the cultural sector to one of positivity and openness.   
We want to the freedom to be creative.

We’re leading the way – are you coming with us?

Health Improvement: At Full Volume

Written by Mark Burns, freelance arts & health theorist, Health Improvement : At Full Volume, is a guide/discussion paper about how to use existing pop songs, some famous and some obscure, to improve well-being. This work emerged from his own personal manifesto about the important role of music in society.

A Personal Manifesto: To act as if music really is important

Music in our modern day capitalist society, it seems to me, is mainly a commodity, there to entertain us. I have no problem with being entertained. Entertainment is great.

However, I want to reclaim music for deeper purposes as well. And here being merely entertainment is not enough. Sometimes indeed the issues looked at, and the feelings they bring up in people, may be a million miles away from being entertained.

But the music and performance must be engaging. It needs to make people want to listen, both to the singer and to their own thoughts and feelings. And help them continue this internal process even long after a show is over. And all this should lead to something, to engaging with the world in a different way. A way that is healthier, more authentic and not just for ourselves but for others too.

Culture Declares Emergency

Humanity faces the combined catastrophes of:

  • climate change
  • a mass extinction of vital biodiversity
  • a degradation of ecosystems health everywhere.

This is the Climate and Ecological Emergency, or the Planetary Emergency.

Of these, climate change is the major threat multiplier because it is non-linear, containing many systems that feed back on each other and accelerate change. This has now become an emergency situation because governments and industry have not shown the necessary leadership, and, so far, have not acted fast enough. We are not waiting for more efficient wind-turbines or cheaper solar-panels. What is lacking is visionary leadership. Fortunately, humans are capable of responding in a remarkable variety of ways to accelerate climate solutions and adaptations, and culture can help stir up human response as well as creating new stories and visions for our world.

The declaration movement is gaining pace internationally. It started with Climate Mobilization in the US and Australia, and is now promoted by Extinction Rebellion, Sunrise Movement, School Strike for Climate and other groups calling for urgent action. Sir David Attenborough has expressed the urgency in a BBC documentary, Climate Change - The Facts. More councils across the UK are declaring all the time, including the Greater London Authority, and are committing resources to tackling this emergency. Their declarations state they will work with civic partners, so this is where you come in.

If you have creative or civic resources to contribute, such as meeting space, biodiverse places, skilled people, community partners, or innovative ideas and programmes, then your declaration allows you to explain the contribution you can make. There is no more important way to express the value of arts and culture at this time. See the Why Culture section for more.

If your area or council has declared an emergency, you may be called upon by local people, politicians or funders to respond. Making your own declaration, as an organisation or as an individual, is a good place to start. If your area or council has not declared, you can lead by example, using the power of your declaration to inspire your area or council to do the same.

See the How to Declare section for Further Resources for a Declaration statement, which explains the Climate and Ecological Emergency in more detail.

The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto

Children and young people with disabilities do not have equal access to cultural and arts opportunities

We want to change this. We want schools, cultural and arts venues and disability organisations to co-produce better and more opportunities for children and young people with disabilities to engage with arts and culture.

The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto is a statement of intent to work to address this. In the short time since the manifesto was established it has gained traction through word of mouth and has so far been supported music hubs, schools, cultural venues and bridge organisations. We want to hear from organisations who will join with us on this 'game changing' journey.