As stated in the Inquiry report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Arts:
“The conundrum that we have found ourselves pondering is why, if there is so much evidence of the efficacy of the arts in health and social care, it is so little appreciated and acted upon… We have identified a number of barriers… These barriers are attitudinal rather than legislative or inherent in formal policy.”
The arts “offer a potential resource that should be embraced in health and social care systems which are under great pressure and in need of fresh thinking and cost-effective methods.”
“We offer a challenge to habitual thinking and ask for new collaborations to be formed across conventional boundaries.”
As word gets out, we are receiving many enquiries from health and social care settings across the country, proving that the appetite for quality arts engagement exists in many environments. The challenge is now to raise the attention and funds to meet this well-established need in an effective manner.
Intelligent innovation, cross field cohesion and a strong public voice is needed. Our professional yet accessible productions and talented opera singers catch attention, open conversations and facilitate new collaborations around this important topic.
We welcome creative thinking and collaborative ideas.