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Arts & Health South West Prize

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The Arts & Health South West Prize 2016 is now closed and the shortlist has been announced!

The winners will be announced at the AHSW Prize Ceremony on Friday 17th June 2016. Click here to read more about the event and book your ticket!



We are very grateful to the Fine Family Foundation for sponsoring the Arts & Health South West Prize.



Arts & Health South West Prize 2016

The Arts & Health South West Prize celebrates inspirational arts and health projects and individuals that have made a significant contribution to the field in the South West of England.

Arts & Health South West Prize: £5000 

Runner up: £1000

  1. Any organisation can apply for their work in general or for a specific project.
  2. The work and/or project must have taken place in the *South West (as defined by Arts Council boundaries), and have used the arts for health and wellbeing outcomes.
  3. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

There is a simple two-stage process for AHSW Prize applications. In the first instance we asked that organisations write to us telling us why they thought their organisation or project deserved the Prize (no more than 500 words). 

We then selected a long list of applicants to submit a full case study. 

All long listed case studies will:

  • Feature on the AHSW website
  • Be used by AHSW for promotional events and opportunities e.g. exhibitions to represent the South West; funding applications; reports and news items
  • Be used by other organisations such as the Arts Council 

The judges then selected a shortlist. In addition to the above, all shortlisted organisations will be:

  • Invited to the AHSW Prize reception
  • Published in the AHSW Prize Yearbook


Individual Prize £1000

The judges will select an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of arts and health in the South West.



Previous winners comments:

"The AHSW Prize 2015 recognised the diversity of our music delivery and the risks we had taken in extending it to new and quite challenging settings like domestic refuges and psychiatric units. Winning the AHSW Prize became about more than just enhancing our credibility, it was about feeling a vital part of a wider resonant body of work that we too are now seen as contributing to. The whole AHSW awards event and prize winning experience cemented our passion to build our work even further in the area of arts and health so we can have powerful impacts for people during their most vulnerable times. Having that First Prize Winner badge has certainly drawn the attention of other funders and that can't be underestimated. But for us personally the prize felt as if we were giving voice to some of those extraordinary people we have the joy of working with every day - and the unrestricted £5000 award meant we could do more of that work straight away. Ideal! All in all, I believe entering and winning the AHSW Prize 2015 was certainly one of the most valuable and meaningful award experiences we've ever had." 

Debbie Geraghty, Executive Director, Plymouth Music Zone, winners of AHSW Prize 2015


"Recognition through the Annual Arts and Health Awards has been a wonderful boost to Coda and our team. The award itself received a lot of local media coverage and helped to raise awareness to our work. I think it is held as a mark of excellence by funders, commissioners and clients and we are extremely proud to have won!"

Phil Hallett, Chief Executive, Coda Music Trust, winners of second prize in AHSW Prize 2015


"Winning the Individual Prize is a great affirmation of the work I do. It's transformative to feel mental health inclusion is gaining recognition and significance in the wider sector and that drives me on to work harder and reach further. It has given me a new sense of confidence that is firing up my practice both as a solo artist, in my community work with Mean Feet Dance and as a mouthpiece for people with mental health needs. More than any other disabled group, the onus is still on us to normalise rather than society (and the arts sector) to enable - and that's the shift I'd like to see happen over the next few years." 

Viv Gordon, Artistic Director, Mean Feet Dance, winner of the Individual AHSW Prize 2015


Previous winners and shortlists

If you would like to read more about the Arts & Health South West Awards winners and shortlist from 2012 and 2013 and 2015 please click on the links below:

Arts & Health South West Prize 2015

Arts & Health South West Awards 2013

Arts & Health South West Awards 2012


*The Arts & Health South West Prize geographic area for eligibility.

Applications must refer to work delivered in the South West region, which now reflects the new Arts Council boundary change to include: the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, the Isles of Scilly, Somerset and Wiltshire and the unitary authorities of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, the Isle of Wight, South Gloucestershire, Southampton, Swindon, North Somerset, Bournemouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Plymouth and Torbay. 










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