The aim of the Bristol Art on Referral Alliance (BARA) is to provide a gateway into quality-assured Arts on Referral activities.

Arts on Referral (AOR) are community-based visual art programmes designed to improve and maintain good mental health and wellbeing.

Our Purpose

  • To work towards making AOR a mainstream intervention in health and social care in Bristol
  • To continue to share and build on best practice
  • To share learning/training
  • To share resources/protocols
  • To agree common monitoring and evaluation tools and to share and promote data and outcomes.
  • To jointly raise the profile of AOR across the city, nationally and internationally

Our Values

  • To work collaboratively to promote and develop Bristol’s AOR offer
  • To respond to community needs and local health inequalities
  • To respect the autonomy of each provider within the Alliance
  • To share a commitment to developing evidence-informed best practice

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