Creative Arts Essex is an interdisciplinary group based at the University of Essex. We run a variety of projects that explore the health benefits of engaging with the arts. Working with our students, we're also experimenting with creativity in the curriculum. Our aim is to make learning more exciting, fun and effective for all of our students at Essex.

We are passionate about creativity and the arts. Giving more people the opportunity to take part in creative activity and art appreciation will help us build a better, more inclusive society.

What are we doing?

We're currently exploring the connection between creative activity and a healthy mind. Here are some of the questions we're seeking to answer:

  • How might creativity and artistic expression enrich the lives of people with dementia?
  • Could multimedia learning improve the public understanding of common mental health conditions?

Who are we?

Creative Arts Essex is the brainchild of Dr Mary Kennedy and Marty Jacobs.

Mary is a mental health nurse with many years experience working for the NHS. She also has a deep understanding of dementia and end-of-life care. Mary now works part-time as a lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex.

Marty is Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Essex. Along with a dedicated team of technologists and designers, he helps staff to use more technology in their teaching. Marty has a background in animation and multimedia production.

Join us!

We're currently looking for people to join Creative Arts Essex. If you're a student, academic, artist or health care worker, please contact us to become part of our team.