Ideas for Culture on Prescription


Theatre is a unique art form that combines words, voice, and movement in a collaborative manner. It is one of the activities that can be prescribed, as it offers many benefits.

Theatre provides a platform for self-expression, creativity, and community involvement. Participation in theatre activities often involves collaboration and interaction with others. Joining a theatre group or attending performances can foster a sense of community and social connection, addressing issues of isolation and loneliness.

Theatre can boost confidence by helping participants gain self-awareness of their abilities, skills, and attitudes. The supportive environment of a theatre group can contribute to personal growth and a sense of achievement.


Engaging in visual arts, such as painting, can generate numerous health benefits. 
Painting is a timeless and unique form of art for several reasons. 
It allows artists to express themselves visually, conveying emotions and ideas through colours, shapes, and forms.
Paintings can leave room for interpretation and imagination. 
Anyone can develop their own painting and art style. 
Engaging in artistic activities can be a useful strategy for coping with stress.
Painting, for example, can offer a non-verbal and expressive outlet for emotions. 
Participating in art classes or group painting activities can also foster a sense of community and social connection, which can provide social support and reduce feelings of isolation.

Building Stories

Building Stories is the title of the creative element of the Culture on Prescription Project in Ireland and centres on creating images through three different methods of hand printing depicting buildings which were meaningful in the participants’ lives, for example, the building where one lived/ grew up, went to school or worked. The title of this creative element is a play on words – the initial approach appears to be about the buildings, but the secondary and deeper approach articulates and elicits experiences, memories and stories through hand printing using lino printing methods.  

National Curricula

Curriculum | Art | Germany

Curriculum | Theatre | Germany

Curriculum | Portugal

Curriculum | The Netherlands

Curriculum | Romania