Healthy Communities, Sustainable Places

Audience participation: Image: Kilter theatreHow can the arts be used to deliver the objectives of the 2010 Marmot Review? More specifically, how can they reduce social isolation, improve community capital, encourage active travel and physical exercise and improve the food environment? Healthy Communities, Sustainable Places was a one day conference showcasing an inspirational range of successful and effective arts-based approaches to creating healthy and sustainable places and communities.

The conference was held on the 28th February 2011 in Sturminster Newton, rural Dorset, it was programmed and delivered by Willis Newson and funded by Arts Council England South West as part of Wide Open Space. Speakers included Adam Sutherland, Director of Grizedale Arts, Simon Morrissey of Foreground Projects, artist Anna Best, curator of Wide Open Space's Road for the Future initiative, Anna Ledgard, educator and professional development leader of the Eastfeast programme, Claire Wyatt of Kilter Theatre and Katy Hallett of Sustrans.

A range of resources relating to the conference are available for download on this page.

Following the conference, we created mini case-studies from the speaker's presentations. You can read these by downloading the post-conference Resource Pack below. In afternoon workshops on the day, delegates were asked to come up with ideas for their own projects to tackle some specific issues - the results have also been recorded in the Resource Pack.

Download the post-conference Resource Pack

Listen to Peter Local of Kilter Theatre's podcast from the conference - interviews with delegates about their work and thoughts on the day.

Download the pre-conference Delegates Pack (includes the conference programme, speaker's biographies and background to the conference)

Download the Evidence Review: Using the arts to deliver the objectives of the Marmot Review.