Dr Frances Williams

Job Role
Lecturer (Arts in Health)


Dr Frances Williams is a writer and researcher. She brings long experience of working in the field of Arts in Health as curator, consultant and evaluator. Whilst working within gallery education, she instigated projects which developed new approaches to arts in community (mental) health settings, going on to co-programme an expert panel as part of the AHRC’s cultural value programme (Rooke, 2014). In 2015, she commissioned artists to work with medical students at Kings College London as part of a year long programme dedicated to topic of ‘Utopia’, titled Are You Feeling Better? She gained a scholarship at Manchester Metropolitan University to study the relation between Arts in Health, and regional devolution between 2016-2019 (Williams, 2019). Now a regular blogger, she is also the author of numerous journal articles on Arts in Health and the political-economic contexts within which these inter-disciplinary practices are situated (Somatosphere, Performance-Research, Frontiers). A chapter examining the ‘failure’ of the perceived success of Arts in Health is due with Routledge publishers in 2021 (edited by Cameron Cartiere and Anthony Schrag). She currently teaches on Glyndwr University’s new MA in Arts in Health and is a co-founder of the Critical Arts for Health Network (CAHN).



(topic: Arts in Health, devolution)


Human geographies of arts-health, institutional formations of arts-health, criticality within and across these disciplines, social movements for health.



Theory and Practice for Arts in Health

Arts in Health Contexts and Settings

Arts in Health Practice


‘The Whispering Gallery: creating space for criticality within arts and health’. Double Agency, edited by Sarah Smizz

Sheffield Hallam University (online publication 2017)


‘Tommies: a very British haunt?’

 Somatosphere, (Dec 2020)