Showcasing innovation:

international arts in health practice

Seeing Arts Health Research Enacted (SHARED) is a researcher-led project that aims to understand what works in arts and humanities-based approaches to mental health and wellbeing across the globe.

The project is a collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool and Glasgow, UK and Makerere University, Uganda. It shares insights and innovation from a broader network of partners, including arts practitioners, health providers and academic researchers based in the Middle East, East Africa, North America, Oceania and the UK.

More about SHARED

Our Aims and Activities

SHARED offers insights about what works in arts in health provision in varied communities and contexts across the globe. It provides evidence of best practice and a range of approaches to embedding arts and humanities-based research into effective mental health and wellbeing initiatives.

In 2023, we hosted a series of workshops on:

  • alignment with existing community capacities
  • inclusive practices in mental health
  • strategic partnerships between Arts and Health providers

These events brought together state-of-the-art knowledge and active on-the-ground expertise to explore what makes arts in health partnerships effective in diverse socio-cultural contexts and to share successes, opportunities and challenges among practitioners.  

This digital anthology has emerged from our SHARED network. It showcases living examples of successful arts and humanities research-based activities. We hope that these can be replicated, or inspire new models, by care providers worldwide as they seek to address the unprecedented mental health and wellbeing care burden produced by COVID-19 and other ongoing national, regional and global challenges.

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Our Team

We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers based at the Universities of Liverpool and Glasgow, UK and Makerere University, Uganda drawing on expertise in Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Education, English Literature, Psychology and Politics. Our collective research has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Dr Tonya Anisimovich

Project Coodinator

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of English, University of Liverpool

Dr Wendy Asquith

Web Designer

High-impact academic web designer and Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre Research Fellow, University of Liverpool

Professor Josie Billington

Principal Investigator

Professor of English Literature in the Department of English, University of Liverpool

Dr Maria Grazia Imperiale


Senior Lecturer in Adult Education, in the School of Education, University of Glasgow.

Dr Rosco Kasujja


Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Mental Health and Community Psychology at Makerere University.

Richard Snowden-Leak

Research Assistant

Research Assistant in the Departments of English and Media and Communication at the University of Liverpool.

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