About the Wales Arts Health & Well-being Network
The Wales Arts Health and Well-being Network (WAHWN) is a rapidly expanding network of colleagues delivering arts and health work in Wales. The Network represents members from the arts, health and HE sectors and includes practitioners working across the full range of art form practice in health, arts and other community settings.
WAHWN was established by Engage Cymru in 2013 and developed in response to a lack of opportunities for colleagues across Wales delivering arts and health work to share practice and network. WAHWN is supported by the Arts Council of Wales Sharing Together fund and in 2018 received strategic funding to enable the Network to become more robust, develop its services and resources so that it can better support and underpin the activities of colleagues working in the field. WAHWN contributes on a regular basis to the Cross Party Group on Arts and Health.
WAHWN coordinates an average of three Network meetings per year in Mid, South and North Wales where colleagues come together to share practice, learn about sector developments and new research and hear from experts in the field. Contributors have included Alex Coulter, Director of Arts and Health South West and Nesta Lloyd-Thomas, Welsh NHS Confederation. Members value the role of the Network in disseminating news and opportunities and creating opportunities for networking:-
“The meetings are vital for exploring potentials together and potentially for establishing Wales at the fore front of this inter-disciplinary sector. Exciting.” (Dr Frances Williams)