What is the APPG?

The APPG was formed in 2014 and is a cross party group of parliamentarians with a shared interest in the field of arts, health and wellbeing. The aim of the APPG is to raise awareness of the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing and to stimulate progress towards making these benefits a reality across the country.

Chair and Registered Contact: Ben Spencer MP

Co-Chair: Rt Hon. Lord Howarth of Newport

Vice-Chair: Tracy Brabin MP

Vice-Chair: Rt Hon. Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Treasurer: Baroness Andrews

The Terms of Reference of the APPG can be downloaded here. Papers related to AGMs, financial statements and minutes can be accessed here.

Governance and Finance

The Secretariat for the APPG is provided by Alex Coulter, Director of Arts & Health South West (AHSW), on behalf of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance. The APPG has a Memorandum of Understanding with AHSW which covers the role of the secretariat and gives AHSW responsibility for maintaining personal data as the Data Processor for the APPG in accordance with the principles and legal obligations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and related legislation. The APPG’s Privacy Statement can be downloaded here.

The APPG holds no funds itself. All APPG finances are managed by AHSW and governance oversight is provided by the Board of Trustees of AHSW.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing held its AGM on 15th July 2019. You can read the Annual Report here and the minutes of the AGM here.

For further information on the APPG please contact Alex Coulter: appgahw@gmail.com

2015-2017 Inquiry and Creative Health report

From 2015-2017, the APPG conducted an Inquiry into practice and research in the arts in health and social care with a view to making recommendations to improve policy and practice. As part of the Inquiry, the APPG hosted a series of 16 round tables, in which parliamentarians, practitioners, academics, commissioners, managers and people with lived experience came together to discuss specific themes relating to arts, health and wellbeing.

The Inquiry report, Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing, was published in July 2017. The APPG continues to work towards the implementation of the ten recommendations in the Creative Health report. The Haygarth Lecture by Lord Howarth of Newport gives a useful overview. You can download Lord Howarth’s Haygarth Lecture, Dancing to a Different Tune: The Contribution of Arts to Health, delivered at Chester University on 16th November 2017.