Dr Frances Williams

Job Role
Lecturer (Arts in Health)


Dr Frances Williams gained a doctoral scholarship at Manchester Metropolitan University where she studied Arts in Health in relation to devolution (2016-2019). She brings long experience of working in this field as an education manager and curator, teaching on a new  at Glyndwr University where she remains a Visiting Researcher. In autumn 2022, Palgrave Pivot published her monograph, When Was Arts in Health? A History of the Present.



(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


Williams, F. (2019) In a Creative Healthy Place? Situating Arts and Health within the discourse of ‘the devolution revolution’. Doctoral thesis (PhD), Manchester Metropolitan University. https://e-space.mmu.ac.uk/626298/

Williams, F. (2020) Tommies: a very British haunt? Somatosphere. http://somatosphere.net/2020/tommies-british-hospital.html/

Williams, F. (2021) First as Comedy, Then as Tragedy: how the High Ideals of The Well-being of Future Generations Act Have Fallen Short. In The Welsh Way: Essays on Neoliberalism and Devolution. Eds. Evans, D., Smith. K., Huw Williams, H. Parthian.

Williams, F. (2021) Love Is in the Air? Notes from North Wales on Air Vapour as Atmospheric Affect, Performance Research, 26:7, 44-51, DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2021.2059241

Williams, F., Shaw, B., Schrag A., (2022) Enstranglements: Performing Within, and Exiting From, the Arts-in-Health “Setting”. Frontiers in Psychology, Vol 12. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.732957/full

Williams, F. (2022) Failing Well: Exploring the value of failure through the UK national roll out of Arts on Prescription. In The Failures of Public Art and Participation, Schrag, A., Cartiere, C., (Eds.) Routledge.

Williams, F. (2022) When Was Arts in Health? A History of the Present. Palgrave McMillan.