City Arts Nottingham and University Nottingham publish research on the Arts on Prescription Service

City Arts Nottingham (CAN) and the University of Nottingham have published a research report into the ground-breaking Arts on Prescription (AOP) Service.  AOP is a community based arts project designed to promote mental health and delivered by CAN. The AOP service exists to help ameliorate social and personal difficulties experienced by people with mental health problems and the research highlights the therapeutic benefits of participating.

For over 30 years, City Arts Nottingham (CAN) has developed expertise in working creatively with communities, enabling individuals and organisations to change by releasing their creative potential. CAN collaborates with public, private and voluntary sector agencies to achieve shared goals and meet key local and national agendas. Its projects prioritise marginalised communities and break down barriers to accessing cultural provision.

The research was conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham in collaboration with staff at CAN and several local artists who have used mental health services. The research report is written by Dr Theodore Stickley and Ada Hui and edited by CAN’s Creative Programme Manager, Kate Duncan. Through in-depth interviews, it explores participant’s feelings about the workshops they have experienced as well as examining the views of health and care professionals. The weekly workshops are led by professional artists who have had experience of working with vulnerable groups of people. People are referred to AOP by professionals in the statutory and voluntary sectors and can also self refer. The project provides creative sessions including visual arts, creative writing, batik, photography, textiles, clay work, print making, sculpture and other arts related activities.

Copies now available in PDF or hard copy.  Please contact

For further information please contact Kate Duncan, City Arts, on 0115 978 2463 or at

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Originally posted: May 3rd, 2011


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