Creativity and Wellbeing Week (CAWW) is an annual event hosted by London Arts in Health, Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance and Arts & Health South West. Taking place this year between 17 – 23 May, the theme for the week is ‘care’.

There is a wide recognition of the value of participation in arts and culture in supporting wellbeing. Thrive LDN intend to plan activities that also raise awareness of the challenges and barriers Londoners face in participating in arts and cultural activities.

Hear from young creatives

The past year has been a challenge for all Londoners. For young creative professionals, who have found their industry largely shut down, there have been additional challenges of both finding new income, and finding other ways to say creative.

For Creativity and Wellbeing Week, we are sharing some interviews with young creative professionals and workshop participants about their experiences of the past year, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Watch below or via our YouTube channel


Read our case studies

For Creativity and Wellbeing Week, we are sharing Londoners’ stories of how arts and creativity have had a positive impact of their mental health and wellbeing. Click below to read our guest blogs.

Herts Inclusive Theatre – Liam’s story

 

Ham & High: Our Community’s Mental Health festival

Thrive LDN is delighted to be supporting Ham&High’s Our Community’s Mental Health festival, taking place on Friday 21 May 2021 8.25am – 4.45pm

Sign up for free and join the event on 21 May for live interviews and Q&As with experts, as well as panel discussions on subjects, including religion and wellbeing, and the role of comedy and laughter.

Among the speakers will be journalist, writer and former government communications director Alastair Campbell, talking about his book Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression.

A discussion about comedy, laughter and mental health will feature panellists including Rich Wilson, from Insane In the Men Brain podcast, and Tash Alexander, of Head Held High, a social enterprise which runs a motivational course called Stand Up For Yourself.

Register here via Eventbrite

 

Interactive spoken word workshop with Yossi

Tuesday 18 May, 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Find your creative spark by joining Yossi Goodlink for an interactive workshop which will show you that poetry isn’t stuck to the traditional formats you think it is.

Yossi is an award-winning spoken word artist, Actor and Practitioner of Performance Education. He trained at RADA and has performed in the West End. Yossi’s unique style of poetry has led him to perform at the Tate Modern and he has worked in partnership with many organisations such as MTV. Yossi takes pride in his work with young people and he has facilitated poetry workshops in many educational settings.

Spaces are limited, so sign up now to reserve your spot. A Zoom link will be sent out to registered participants before the workshop begins on the day.

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Workshop: The Green Behind the Cloud with YourStudio’s Tom and Howard

Wednesday 19 May, 11.00am – 12.00pm

This workshop will be co-led by Tom Philipson and Howard Sulllivan, co-founders of YourStudio, a creative design agency.

Join them at 11am on Wednesday 19th May for this FREE interactive workshop.

Spaces are limited, so sign up now to reserve your spot. A Zoom link will be sent out to registered participants before the workshop begins on the day.

For the workshop you will need:

It’s a messy and spontaneous workshop so don’t worry if you can’t find the ‘perfect’ things anything natural will do from the below:

A potato (or apple) – ESSENTIAL

A chopstick (or pointy thing)

Any flowers and greenery you can find- the more varied and random the better- brambles, grasses, tall stuff, twigs, even dead stuff- it will all work!

Any random objects that you like the look of and could incorporate from plastic bottles to trinkets to old jewellery.

This workshop has now taken place