Why art matters Research & evaluation Key studies Creative Health: The Arts for Health & Wellbeing Published in 2017 by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts Health and Wellbeing, this inquiry report presents the findings of two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists and arts administrators, academics, ministers, other policy-makers, and parliamentarians. It is time to recognise the powerful contribution the arts can make to health and wellbeing. There are now many examples and much evidence of the beneficial impact they can have. There are three key messages in this report: The arts can help keep us well, aid our recovery and support longer lives better lived. The arts can help meet major challenges facing health and social care: ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and mental health. The arts can help save money in the health service and social care. Download the full report... Paintings in Hospitals has over 60 years of experience providing art for healthcare. Find out how we work with patients and carers... Banner image: David Shrigley’s ‘The arts’ teapot filling up a ‘lost soul’ cup.