Over summer 2009, ‘Healing Words’, brought together artists, poets and people from Blaenau Gwent to take a journey of words and images. The project aims to give people coping with mental health issues the opportunity to express themselves through poetry and art.
‘Healing Words’ was a partnership project organised by Head 4 Arts, Gwent Arts in Health, Academi and Arts Alive. Academi writers Graham Hartill, Anita Flowers and Mike Church worked with participants to develop shared writing whilst Arts Alive artists Kate Raggett, Tim Rossiter and Tessa Waite helped groups create a visual response.
The importance of the arts to health and wellbeing extends to all areas of family and social life, and Gwent Arts in Health is a local charity that works alongside the Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board (formerly Gwent Health NHS Trust) to promote and develop an arts and health programme for the patients and public in healthcare and community settings.
The poster poems were then displayed in Nevil Hall, Abergavenny, where they could be viewed by patients, outpatients and visitors to the hospital.