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Health & Culture Event

Join The Arts Development Company for a free event exploring health and culture.

Join The Arts Development Company for a free event exploring health and culture

When: Monday 29 January 2024, 10am – 5pm
Where: Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HF

Book your free place here

Creativity and culture hugely benefits our health and wellbeing, and this has been understood and valued for many years now. Organisations and artists have become specialists in Creative Health, delivering person-centred projects and programmes with remarkable impact.

However this vital work is often overlooked, fragmented and fragile. In a health system built around large institutions, how can we better value and support the role of independent organisations and freelancers? As we move to new models of health commissioning, how can we navigate the system? And how could we work together to enable shared outcomes and impact?

At Health+Culture we’ll shine a light on the best practice in Dorset and beyond. We’ll hear from commissioners and those who’ve successfully navigated the system, and provocations from those with ideas on how we can do things better.

About the Event

Arts Development Company and NHS Dorset are delighted to be hosting a one day event bringing together some of the most current practice and thinking around Creative Health from the County and Country.

Our aim is to fill the room with the people from across sectors and roles, who support, or hope to support, the Creative Health in Dorset and our communities and neighbourhoods.

The day is structured in 4 sections:

  • Where we are now – a series of short talks to bring everyone up to speed with what’s happening nationally in Health and Culture
  • What’s happening in Dorset – a series of short presentations and provocations from Creative Health practitioners
  • Inspiration from the Country – hear from the people leading change around the country, what can we learn?
  • What do we do next? – time to discuss and create actions for progress

Who’s it for?

We welcome anyone and everyone interested in Creative Health, including GPs, social prescribers, creative health practitioners, emerging practitioners, community mental health teams, community healthcare providers, social care, and cultural organisations and freelancers working with communities.


We want this event to be accessible to a diverse range of people, and welcome access conversations to discuss how we can best support you to attend. Please include what you need when booking your tickets and/or contact Gemma Alldred for a conversation:

Dorchester Corn Exchange has wheelchair access and toilet facilities for wheelchair users. The closest changing place is Dorset Museum, one minute away from the venue.

If you have any specific requirements please include them in the ‘accessibility requirements’ section when booking your tickets. Please note we’re unable to guarantee a BSL interpreter or captioning if you book after 31 December 2023.

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