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

World Health Day – the essential contribution of Arts for Health Milton Keynes

7 April 2019

As World Health Day approaches, Director Stuart Isaac flags the importance of Arts for Health MK to the provision of health and wellbeing in Milton Keynes and calls for additional resources and creative partnerships to ensure its future survival.

On 7 April 2019 people worldwide will spotlight the World Health designated World Health Day. And rightly so. In 2019 their campaign focus is on univers
al health care via strong (first sector) primary care services. But let’s not forget the third sector’s contribution to the provision of, and equality of access to healthcare, especially here in Milton Keynes.

Arts for Health Milton Keynes (AHMK) is what’s known as a third sector organisation (TSO). And what is that you may ask? Well put simply – it’s neither a public (first sector) organisation nor private (second sector) organisation, but falls within a third sector category that includes registered charities, associations, self-help and community groups, social enterprises, mutuals and co-operatives. But make no mistake, third sector doesn’t mean third-rate or third in importance! Invaluable and frequently essential contributions to people’s health and wellbeing at all different life stages are being made by charities such as ours.

Since 2011, AHMK has provided Arts on Prescription for people from 8 years and upwards in MK with health and wellbeing challenges, and our main focus is on mental health. Within this programme, we have developed progressive courses (such as Step Up) which enable participants to develop their own artistic practice whilst strengthening their personal resilience. Our HEADSTART courses, currently supported by MK Community Foundation (MKCF) include visual arts sessions as well as multiple artforms for the younger age group.

Our Arts on Prescription programme, which includes Art & Dementia has helped over 600 adults and almost 50 young people living with a variety of health and wellbeing challenges. Some of our participants go on to volunteer in different settings, with some adult participants able to move back in to work.

We would like to highlight some of the other local organisations which support MK’s third sector and contribute to the arts, health and wellbeing agenda. For example, the valuable work of the newly expanded MK Gallery and it’s Changing Places toilet provision funded by MKCF; Arts & Heritage Alliance MK which is a conduit for inward investment opportunities and operates the MK Cultural Education Partnership. Camphill MK’s Chrysalis Theatre has become a base for a number of our courses, and we also deliver in partnership with The Old Bath House in Wolverton, and Unity Park Station close to the CMK Railway Station.  

We remain grateful for the financial contribution towards our core costs which we receive from Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH). We welcome companies such as Santander to work with us voluntarily, for example to support our Creative Courtyards programme at MKUH. This is one of our opportunities for companies to develop their team-building whilst contributing to their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, and benefit from our particular style of health & wellbeing activities.

You might liken health and wellbeing provision to a three-legged stool – upheld by first, second and third sector legs. You only have to lose one of them for it to become unstable or topple over. And as a compassionate and civilised society we need to keep that stool stable, so it can provide rest and support for all who need to use it!

Not everyone can thrust a hand into deep pockets and pull out wedges of spare cash – though if you can we’d love to hear from you and will put it to excellent use! (Donate here) But there are many other ways to support us with varying degrees of effort, expense or involvement. Here are a few:

  • Join our e-list by emailing – so we can keep you informed of our progress, projects or needs
  • Come visit the University Hospital Art Collection of over 400 pieces – and support its conservation and display
  • Buy an original artwork from one of our temporary exhibitions - sales commission will help all our work
  • If you are a GP or work in health and social care – invite us to tell you more about our work at one of your staff meetings
  • Ask about opportunities to volunteer with us

At Arts for Health MK our vision, passion and commitment is to promote individual health and wellbeing via our programme of artist-led activities and projects, and the enhanced healthcare setting we provide for staff, visitors and patients at MKUH. We thank you for your support, be it past, present or future. Happy World Health Day!

Artistic & Programmes Director, Arts for Health Milton Keynes

Arts for Health Milton Keynes
Facilities Directorate
Milton Keynes Hospital
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Milton Keynes

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