This project is administered by a group of seven organisations and funded by Erasmus. However our work includes identifying and strengthening links across the wider community of people working in addiction related roles.

Please contact us to become linked to this community of practice!


Our desk research in the early phases of the project revealed that very little - to no - academic research has been done looking at the impact of art in the health and recovery of people in addiction, despite significant anecdotal evidence and widespread practices in recovery settings. Further, our focus groups testified that art - and the creative process - is very powerful in helping people imagine a different, non-addicted reality for themselves. 

Our desk research revealed significant academic research in a) the benefits of the participatory arts in health, and b) relevant models of 'recovery' in mental health. Our early work suggests that these two frameworks map exceedingly well to the experiences of people in recovery from addiction - and the artists and health care workers that work with them.

In the next phase of our project we will developing training and piloting it based on these findings. Presentations on our work in each piloting country have suggested much interest in these perspectives amongst health practitioners. As such, in these pages we are highlighting relevant research.

Framing Theory on Addiction Arts Recovery and Wellbeing