arthur+martha have pioneered ways of working unique in arts and health.

We use experimental writing and art to help self-expression. We work with communities who are often marginalised, homeless people and older people, including those living with dementia. To have a voice and be heard is a powerful human need. By helping to achieve this we boost people’s well-being and promote understanding in wider society.


2015-17 our project The Homeless Library launched at The Houses of Parliament and the Southbank.  Stitching the Wars continued our sequence of embroidered history quilts, with exhibitions 2016-17 across Derbyshire, the project received a Foundation Derbyshire Award. We presented evidence to an Arts and Health All Party Round Table at The House of Lords in 2016 and helped launch the subsequent major report in 2017.

Philip Davenport and Lois Blackburn have shared projects at many conferences and symposiums including:

2017  All Party Parliamentary Group, Arts and Health inquiry report, public launch at Manchester Metropolitan University www.artshealthandwellbeing

2016  Outside-in/Inside-out international conference of outsider poetics, University of Glasgow

2014  9th UK Dementia Congress, Brighton

2011  Combating older people’s loneliness and social isolation  London. Presenting the project ‘Four Acre.’ with St Helens Arts Service.