Arts and Wellbeing Forum

About the forum

Streamed on 5 November 2021, the Arts and Wellbeing Forum was a digital event used as a platform to discuss the positive effects of arts and creativity for mental health and wellbeing, and the potential for the arts to help address a major policy challenge.

We know that arts and creativity are among our most powerful assets, playing essential roles in our health and wellbeing.

We heard from the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP and CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Adviser to the Prime Minister, Christine Morgan.

Then they were followed by a panel of industry experts including First Nations cultural practitioner, Marianne Wobcke; opera singer and registered psychologist, Greta Bradman; CEO of Beyond Blue, Georgie Harman; and CEO of the Australia Council, Adrian Collette AM.


Resources

The Australia Council for the Arts is committed to increasing the awareness of the value of public investment in arts and creativity. We know that arts and creativity are among our most powerful assets, playing essential roles in our health and wellbeing.

We are creating a resource centre to share the growing body of evidence and case studies related to arts and mental wellbeing.

Arts and Wellbeing Series

Our first series of videos capture case studies from ten organisations and practitioners who showcase existing work and success in this area. Artists are working with communities to improve individual and collective mental wellbeing, and to develop resilience within challenging times. These videos explore the possible role of arts and creativity in solving the national mental health crisis.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following videos may contain images and voices of people who have died.


The Arts and Wellbeing Forum was developed in conjunction with the Commonwealth Government’s Office for the Arts and the Creative Economy Taskforce, as well as a wide range of participants including the Big Anxiety Research Centre (UNSW), the Creativity and Wellbeing Research Initiative (University of Melbourne), and the CREATE Centre (University of Sydney).