‘What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.’
Little Gidding, The Four Quartets T. S. Eliot
The last decade has seen the closure of hundreds of public libraries and the withdrawal of funding from arts projects. Despite this wave of destruction maybe the tide is turning:
- The UK Government has pledged support to GP surgeries for social prescribing to art and exercise projects.
- HEE Yorkshire and Humber has just appointed the first Leadership Fellow in Arts for Health and Wellbeing in Primary Care.
- Talent25 is a collaborative project between Arts Council England and De Montfort University in which a cohort of children will be followed to evaluate the impact of consistent and sustained engagement with the arts on a child’s development.
Those who hold the purse strings need to be persuaded that investing in the arts is important for everyone.
In June 2019 we will be hosting a Creative Forum for York and Scarborough GP trainees on ‘Arts for Health and Wellbeing.’ We will evaluate the impact of the forum on the trainee’s practice and their wellbeing.