The Art Doctors playfully break down barriers to participation in art and culture, and explore the positive role of creativity in all our lives.
We gather near art galleries and museums, at events, in workplaces 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, 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, people just hanging out on the street, and YOU!
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 don’t teach, we explore. We believe in the power of FUN.
The Art Doctors were founded in 2015 by Leeds-based artists Alison McIntyre, Liz Stirling and Tom Bailey. We are now a collective of around 12 artists
We worked with a group of women to develop engagement activities for Justin Fitzpatrick’s Alpha Salad exhibition, based on the...
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…
Thu, 21 July 2022 - Thu, 21 July 2022
From 12 noon
Help us celebrate Seacroft’s creativity with ChapelFM and BBC Radio Leeds. Gayle Lofthouse’s show will be on location at ChapelFM…
Thu, 10 March 2022 - Thu, 10 March 2022
If you’re looking for an introduction to learning and talking about contemporary art, this event is perfect for you. The…
Fri, 13 May 2022 - Sun, 15 May 2022
From 5.30pm Friday to 1pm Sunday
Art is good for you! We know that. You know that. But it can be hard. Sometimes we all lose…
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…