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Tessa Jowell Health Centre

Arts and Wellbeing  

Dulwich Picture Gallery and Tessa Jowell Health Centre 

About the Project 

At Dulwich Picture Gallery we’re committed to supporting happier and healthier communities through art. We’re working in partnership with Tessa Jowell Health Centre in East Dulwich to support a community-based and holistic approach to health care. The partnership, which is all about embedding art in healthcare, includes new artwork commissions at the Centre to enhance the healing environment, co-produced displays, training programmes for staff and a free cross-arts programme, which will signpost patients to arts and wellbeing initiatives from local partners.  

Creative Activities   

These free workshops and courses are designed to introduce participants to different art and creative activities to help them to feel active, mindful and relaxed and to provide opportunities to meet new people. Previous sessions have included mindful music, led by the City of London Sinfonia, creativity and wellbeing workshops facilitated by Dulwich Picture Gallery and creative writing by the Old Vic Theatre.  

The workshops are targeted to support those who may be experiencing social isolation, have anxiety and mental health challenges, or people living with long-term health conditions. It is also open to anyone who is on a waiting list or who has caring responsibilities supporting people with chronic and long-term health conditions.  

Autumn/Winter 2023 Flyer

Taster Films 

Drawing with Lucy: 
Mindful Music with City of London Sinfonia: 

Eligibility and Referrals 

All activities are free and open to people living and working in Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham who are referred via a GP, social prescriber or through one of our community health partners. We are also able to take self-referrals from service users of the Tessa Jowell Health Centre.  

Please contact us if you have any questions about the programme or how to get involved by emailing 

Arts and Health Training Opportunities  

The social prescribing of arts and culture training and information sessions have been developed in partnership with Performing Medicine and have been designed to support social prescribers and link workers to build an understanding and awareness of the ways in which creativity can support health and wellbeing.  

If you are a link worker, social prescriber or GP in Southwark, Lambeth or Lewisham we are also happy to come to present the programme to your team or to run a small taster workshop.  

Get in touch with us to join our mailing list and receive updates about the programme and upcoming training opportunities. 

For questions and referrals, please contact: 

The Gallery will commission four new artworks in two years for different spaces within the Tessa Jowell Health Centre.

More information about the commissions

Watch a video about our first commission for the Tessa Jowell Health Centre, created by Bamidele Awoyemi, Livia Wang and Farouk Agoro.

Dulwich Picture Gallery+ is supported by

NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group CCG
Prudence Trust
League of Friends of Dulwich Hospital
Healthy London Partnerships