Launch of Belfast Arts in Health Strategy



Belfast Trust alongside Arts Care Northern Ireland have launched their innovative Arts in Health Strategy, ‘Unfolding Arts in Health 2013 - 2015.’ The strategy aimed at promoting better health and wellbeing through access to the arts was launched by Health Minister Edwin Poots, at Belfast’s Crescent Arts Centre. 


The strategy, developed by the Belfast Trust and Arts Care NI, is strongly aligned to the strategic objectives of Transforming Your Care. It supports the care of patients and enhances community well-being through prevention and health promotion, through access to the arts. Arts Care presently engages 19 Artists-in-Residence, a team of Northern Ireland Clown/Doctors to create fun, laughter, play, communication, and creativity on the wards. Arts Care makes all forms of art accessible to service users, clients, residents and staff in health and social care settings. See the Strategy now

Colm Donaghy, Chief Executive, Belfast HSC Trust said, “We are delighted to introduce Unfolding Arts in Health, our strategy for promoting better health and wellbeing through access to the arts, for all who come into contact with Belfast Trust. There is growing evidence that shows the benefits of the arts in health and social care, improving the overall quality and experience of care for users and carers and improving outcomes. This is why, despite continuing economic and financial pressures on our services, embedding the arts in health and social care is more important than ever and why the publication of this strategy is so timely.”

Speaking at the launch Health Minister Edwin Poots, said, “Making a difference to the lives of all in our society remains a firm priority for me and the launch of this strategy is another step towards this goal. I would like to congratulate all the performers, Belfast Trust and Arts Care NI for raising awareness of the role of the arts and promoting its integration into health and social care services”.

Members of the Orbit Dance Company, children from Cairnshill Primary School and the Medical Students from Queens performed at the event, along with members of the newly formed Trust Choir and musicians.

Unfolding Arts in Health Strategy

An exhibition, open to the public is currently on display until Sunday 20 January in the Crescent Arts Centre.