The Greater Manchester Creative Health Strategy Launch

With engaging keynote speeches, insightful panel discussions, and moving performances, the GM Creative Health Strategy launch delivered a brilliant showcase for Greater Manchester’s future as a creative health city region.

On 2 November 2022, Creative Manchester hosted the GM Creative Health Strategy Launch at the Whitworth art gallery, in collaboration with the GM Integrated Care Partnership and GM Person & Community Centred Approaches. The event welcomed creatives and health professionals from across the industries, with speeches and discussions from key speakers, including Sir Richard Leese and Dr Clive Parkinson, as well as a violin performance from Made by Mortals and poetry read by Ella Otomewo.

The GM Creative Health Strategy is Greater Manchester’s ambition to become the first city region in the world to harness the power of creativity, culture, and heritage in addressing health inequities and inequalities. Following research, this engagement with creativity and culture will enable Greater Manchester’s residents to lead longer, healthier, and happier lives by improving their wellbeing through ‘creative health.’

The strategy launch event captured the bright future ahead for creative health in Greater Manchester, with Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the GM Integrated Care Board, commenting:

“A culturally rich and creative city region is part of what’s going to foster a healthier city region. There’s real room for creative health to grow and for it to become part of the fabric of our lives.”

Dr Clive Parkinson, Leading Thinker in Creative Health, also delivered an outstanding keynote speech fuelled with passion and delight, noting the theme of the afternoon and strategy that was ‘people,’ that change comes from the people, and the people are the city.

If you would like to read the GM Creative Health Strategy, you can do so here.

Creative Manchester fully supports Greater Manchester’s ambition to become the world’s first creative health city region, and looks forward to the exciting research developments the strategy will produce under the key research theme of Creativity, Health and Wellbeing.