Arts for Health MK: Blog


Artists’ Health and Wellbeing Booklet
14 June 2024

Our Impact Leaflet - Download
04 June 2024

20th Anniversary Event
25 May 2024

New Artwork for MKUH Collection
25 May 2024

Spring Newsletter 2024
16 May 2024

Project Update:
Creative Play - Music and Song
07 May 2024

Project Update: Headstart
02 May 2024

Impact of The Collection
01 May 2024

Twenty for Twenty
28 March 2024

New Artworks on Loan from Paintings in Hosptials
27 March 2024

IATE Student Art Therapist - Julie Laugere

26 March 2024

Call for Creative Courtyard Volunteers
14 March 2024

Winter Newsletter 2024
30 January 2024

A Supportive Conversation with Dr Esther Aslan 
26 January 2024

Feel Good Foods Cookbook
21 November 2023

AGM 22nd Nov 2023
2 November 2023

Music workshops
24 August 2023

AHA Inclusivity & Diversity Badge
20 July 2023

Gill Quinnell - degree show
20 June 2023

Summer Newsletter
16 June 2023

Courtyards Update
6 June 2023

Movement and Dance with Kate Taylor - Taster Session
9 May 2023

Artist’s Listening Event
20 March 2023

Winter Newsletter
8 December 2022

Drumming Circle

6 December 2022

Courtyards Update
1 November 2022

MK DAD 2022
14 July 2022

Our First Newsletter
16 June 2022

Art Psychotherapy
20 May 2022

Exploring Identities
10 May 2022

Peter-Randall Page Sculpture 
March 2022

Trustee Vacancy
16th July 2021

MKDAD 2021
14 July 2021


12th April 2021

Programme Update
5th February 2021

Exhibition MK Gallery Project Space
Update 1 December 2020
Update 5th November 2020

16th October 2020

Heritage Open Days 2020
11-20 September 2020

We are recruiting:  Freelance Fundraiser 
15th July 2020

Jazz Moreton Spaghetti For Two:
MKDAD 2020
13th July 2020

Call for Entries:
Arts for Health MK Gallery – Online

24th April 2020

Online Resources
- we would love to hear your feedback

March 2020

Covid-19 virus statement
and effects on Arts for Health MK public activities

March 2020

New art exhibition from paintings in hospitals
November 2019

Call for Entries:
Exhibit at Milton Keynes University Hospital

September 2019

Call for Artists:
MKDAD Open Art Exhibition

June 2019

Artist profile: Bill Billings
June 2018

Feature Friday: Hannah Wilson 2018

Exploring Identities Project in partnership with MK Arts Centre and The Parks Trust

10 May 2022

Making Temari balls
Making Temari balls

Between January and April,
Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Arts for Health MK and The Parks Trust worked together to deliver a 12-week creative wellbeing programme aimed at young people aged 12–17 years. Participants explored themes of identity through relaxed, artist-led workshops.
During the 12 weeks, in the calming surroundings of Milton Keynes Arts Centre and grounds of Great Linford Manor Park, participants were provided with opportunities to learn or enhance prior skills in drawing, ceramics, textiles and printmaking, as well as be guided through outdoor learning activities with The Parks Trust.

The programme was particularly designed to support young people who may be feeling the effects of the pandemic on their physical and mental wellbeing.

Artists and Facilitators: Ciara Callaghan, Andrew Macdermott, Alondene Phillips and Sarah Wright.

Visiting Artists / Practitioners: Katie Ellen Fields and The Parks Trust Learning Team.

Making ceramic vessels

Here’s some feedback from parents of those attending:

“I just want to say thank you so very much to all of you for all the work you do with the group. ‘A’s mood has changed considerably (for the better) since this group and she has said to us that she finds it heaven to be with the kids that she feels are just like her. She feels she finally fits in somewhere and loves all the activities too. We can’t thank you enough!“

“Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback on this course. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the course and has never attended anything where she has been willing and keen to go to every session. I cannot thank the team enough for providing an environment and a course where she felt this way. She also thrived by meeting other young people who are similar to her or are facing similar issues to her.”

Quotes from our participants:

“I really enjoyed working with the tutors and making new friends”

“It was a nice environment to be creative and it was a bit easier to talk to people”

“It was fun and creative”

Participants felt they:
-    would like to attend more painting and drawing workshops
-    had made new friends
-    would like to attend another arts youth group
-    were less isolated

Some reported that they:
-    had started doing more things that they enjoy
-    had done more social activities
-    feel happier
-    felt an improvement to their wellbeing
-    were helped to be distracted from pain
-    feel more confident
-    feel more relaxed
-    are thinking more clearly

Following the success of the programme, the partnership hopes to run more workshops in the future.


Taking part in arts activities is proven to have health benefits. MK Arts for Health runs an Arts on Prescription programme at venues across MK. People are referred to the programme for a wide variety of health challenges, including mental health conditions, pain management and alzheimers. Participants attending our creative programmes have reported a marked improvement to their health and wellbeing since being referred to us.

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Milton Keynes Hospital
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Arts for Health Milton Keynes is the working name of MK Arts for Health charity number 1107625  company number 05137693