ISBN: 978-1-906172-52-7

Creatively Minded: The directory. UK organisations working in arts and mental health

Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Cutler D, Lowe H

Year of Publication:

Baring Foundation


In 2020, after a ten-year focus on creative ageing, The Baring Foundation started a new programme on creativity with and by people living with mental health problems. Following the publication of Creatively Minded in 2020, this Directory of organisations working in the field of arts and mental health in the UK contains around 250 organisations identified as part of research conducted for The Baring Foundation’s Arts and Mental Health funding programme.

Organisations are listed A-Z and geographically by county, and are also referenced by themes. Organisations working with children and young people are highlighted as well. The Directory does not attempt to map the work of Creative Arts Therapists (including Arts, Music, Drama and Dance Therapists). Organisations that work with the entire community and see creativity as positive for everyone’s wellbeing and mental health are also not included.

The majority of the organisations listed here have small budgets and only a handful have a budget over £1 million per year. When we made a round of grants to specialist arts and mental health organisations in September 2020, of 87 organisations around half had budgets under £100k per year and a quarter under £30K.

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

APA Citation:

Cutler, D., Lowe H. (2021). Creatively Minded: The directory. UK organisations working in arts and mental health. London: The Baring Foundation.