ARTS & HEALTH SOUTH WEST (AHSW)
and DR JOHN STEPHEN BARNES MBBS MRCPsych
Arts & Health South West is a learning, advocacy, networking and development organisation. We want more people to experience the arts and culture for the benefit of their health and wellbeing. We provide learning programmes and resources, advocate with decision-makers and funders, deliver networking events, and support the development of partnerships and collaborations.
AHSW first got to know Dr Barnes when he participated in its inaugural ‘Spring School’ in March 2018, a residential opportunity for healthcare professionals, researchers, artists and people with lived experience of ill-health to explore creative approaches to improving wellbeing through experiential learning. Inspired by the professionalism and commitment of the artists he met, Dr Barnes gave his first philanthropic gift of £15 to AHSW’s 2018 Big Give campaign, followed by a further pledge of £100 in 2019. Dr Barnes describes engagement in culture as both a rights and justice issue as well as a health issue. By celebrating the story of his journey to arts philanthropy AHSW hope to encourage other medical professionals to consider the impact the arts can make on the health sector, thus encouraging new supporters as well as deepening engagement in the arts and health movement.