The Art Doctors playfully break down barriers to participation in art and culture, and explore the positive role of creativity in all our lives.
Check out our Resources Section below for films, written materials, and information about our Creative Weekenders, and for what we can offer organisations looking to improve staff wellbeing, galleries and museums, and festivals.
We gather near art galleries, at events and online, wearing our paint splattered coats and stethoscopes, and with prescription pads at the ready. We may prescribe art to look at or everyday creative activities to try at home, we make films, we write, and we work with all sorts of different people, from social prescribers and healthcare professionals to radio presenters, students, artists and even people just hanging out on the street.
We love thinking about art and creativity as a starting point for conversations and we firmly believe that every response is valid and important, whether you see yourself as an expert or not. We also believe in the power of FUN.
The Art Doctors are Leeds-based artists Alison McIntyre and Liz Stirling, with regular special guest appearances from consultants, specialists and junior doctors.
During lockdown from March 2020 we made a total of 15 short films where we tried out some of the creative activities we could no longer prescribe to people at events.
Why did we do it? Just to amuse ourselves? Well partly, we were in lockdown after all, but we always hoped that other people would find them funny too, and maybe they would even help someone else to feel a bit better.
Here’s the introduction. You can watch all 15 Lockdown Special films on our YouTube playlist
As Art Doctors we know that making space for creativity within our lives can make us feel better. Creativity can...
As Art Doctors we know that making space for creativity within the workplace can positively impact on staff mental health...
ART GALLERIES Our interventions in art galleries focus on common issues, like breaking down barriers to engagement, building confidence in...
We will set up your very own Art Doctor Clinic, a safe creative space for adults (kids are already great...
Everyday Creativity has Transformative Power! Art Doctors were the arts partner on the Leeds Thriving Communities project, led by Space...
Beyond Measure? The Art Doctors Prescribe Creativity
During the COVID-19 lockdown we missed being able to see each other and make things together. We felt the effects...
As part of our year long project Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? the Art Doctors, in consultation with community groups...
As part of our Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? project Fe made this animation about how art can changed her...
12.15pm every last Thursday of the month
Fun on the radio! We do silly creative things with Gayle Lofthouse on BBC Radio Leeds on the last Thursday…
Mon, 23 August 2021 - Thu, 2 September 2021
We worked with visitors to Thackray Museum of Medicine on activities connected to wellbeing. Together we built a SUPER GUT…
Sat, 13 July 2019 - Sat, 13 July 2019
We teamed up with Thackray’s Emergency Museum (a vintage ambulance that was touring around Leeds while the museum was being…
Tue, 23 April 2019 - Sat, 27 April 2019
The culmination of our Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? project was an exhibition at Leeds Kirkgate market, where we showcased…
Sat, 24 November 2018 - Sat, 24 November 2018
As part of Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? we took over Leeds Art Gallery, offering prescriptions, slipper-making so that you…
Sat, 1 September 2018 - Sat, 1 September 2018
We set up an Art Doctor Clinic at Chapel Allerton Arts Festival and prescribed creative activities for people to take…
Sat, 14 October 2017 - Sat, 14 October 2017
We prescribed artworks in Leeds Art Gallery, focussing on health and wellbeing, as part of the Love Arts Festival.
Sun, 13 August 2017 - Sun, 13 August 2017
As the Art Gallery was closed for refurbishment, we prescribed two minutes of focussed looking at art works from the…
Sat, 31 October 2015 - Sun, 24 July 2016
The very first incarnation of the Art Doctors, prescribing work in the British Art Show 8 in Leeds and then…