Emerald Violin is influenced by the burgeoning evidence base which supports what we arguably have always instinctively known – our participation in creative endeavours can offer an avenue to healing, health, connection, dialogue and an understanding of our shared humanity.

Such work has traditionally been defined as ‘arts in health’ practice, but the focus has expanded in recent years to ‘arts and health’ or ‘arts and wellbeing’ – a more holistic approach that encompasses and honours the critical role creativity plays in cultivating the social and emotional wellbeing of individuals and communities. As such, this field is no longer about art being just a tertiary activity undertaken as ‘treatment within’ a health setting, but rather a field of practice with a population health and social inclusion focus. Furthermore, this focus rightly honours international recognition of the fundamental need and right to experience and participate in cultural practice as detailed in Article 27 (1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.