The Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change (MIAHSC) will be a leading research, advocacy and education centre, re-imagining and undertaking, multidisciplinary research into the fundamental questions about arts, health and social change.

MIAHSC will bring together and support a community of citizens, artists, curators, educators, health and care professionals, activists and advocates alongside international experts and leading researchers working across the field of arts, health & social change.  It is committed to supporting the delivery of the Greater Manchester Cultural Strategy which is in draft form and out for consultation now.

Influencing Policy, Practice and Debate
MIAHSC is situated in the heart of Manchester, the UK’s arts and health capital. We will engage critically with stakeholders and policy makers at community, local, regional and global levels to deliver research with demonstrable policy impact.

We will work with a range of key policy actors from Greater Manchester and the UK who will participate as partners and support the complementary agendas of the Culture & Health Alliance, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health & Wellbeing and explicitly Live Well Make Art.

Our Aims
Are specific aims are being refined as part of our developmental phase (2018/19)
Our explicit vision will be set out in the Manchester Declaration (2018)

Our People, Our Partnerships
The MIAHSC agenda is a strategic priority for Manchester Metropolitan University as part of its commitment to outwards facing and relevant research and its core themes.

Led by Director of Arts for Health, Clive Parkinson - the MIAHSC will work with diverse strategic partners over the next six months to establish a community to drive this work forward, developing a leadership group and mechanisms for managing the institute. We are indebted to the strategic support and championship of Jon Rouse (CBE) Chief Officer of the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership and Maxine Peake, our Cultural Champion.

This collaboration has begun with the strong and passionate commitment of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Exchange at MMU, Professor Richard Greene and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at MMU, Professor Sharon Handley alongside the Director of Manchester Museum, Esme Ward and Professor of Applied and Social Theatre at Manchester University, James Thompson.