AHSW Prize

A summary of previous years of the AHSW Prize.


From 2017  onwards the AHSW Prize has been replaced by the Challenge Fund. Please visit the Challenge Fund page to find out more.

Prize Winners 2016:

Bristol based ForMed Films CIC were the 2016 winners of the £5000 Arts & Health South West Prize, for their wonderful film: A Little Deep Sleep. This animated short film helps families and children understand what to expect when a child goes into hospital to have an anaesthetic. Emma Lazenby, the Director, is a BAFTA winning film maker. She says: “ForMed Films hopes to use the AHSW prize to help research and develop projects which help people address other health and medical concerns such as perinatal wellbeing.”

The £1000 Second Prize was awarded to Independent Arts for their SingAbout project. Independent Arts is a small charity based on the Isle of Wight. They use the arts to improve health, in particular with people with dementia and those experiencing social isolation, disability and disadvantage.

The £1000 Individual Prize is awarded by the judges to mark a significant contribution by an individual to the field of arts and health in the South West. We are delighted that we are able to honour the work of Jayne Howard, who was Director of Arts for Health Cornwall from 2004-2016.

Highly Commended projects:

Art at the Heart of the RUH
Arts Together
Fresh Art@ – Avon and Whiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust & Creativity Works
Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)
Rising Voices Wessex

You can download the Prize book here.

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.

You can take a look at all 13 projects which were shortlisted for the 2016 prize by reading our Shortlist Booklet

Case studies of shortlisted projects from 2016 and previous years of the Prize can be found on our Case Studies page.

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


The Director of the Fine Family Foundation writes in the Prize book that:


“The Fine Family Foundation is delighted to support the Arts & Health South West Prize. I have found the people involved in these projects to be passionate and committed and the projects themselves to be hear led, reaching out to the vulnerable person themselves and not their illness. Thank you for creating and sharing your projects with us.”



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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

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