Having firstly trained as a mental health nurse and counsellor, I have taught mental health nursing for over 17 years at the University of Nottingham where I continue to work as an Associate Professor of Mental Health.

I have developed approaches in Arts and Health for about 20 years and researched this area for the last 10 years.


  • Associate Professor of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham
  • Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Mental Health
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Royal Society for Public Health
  • Registered Nurse (MH)


Following the completion of an ERASMUS funded project, free Masters level mental health teaching materials are available to use.

Culture, Health & Wellbeing International Conference 2017
Video recordings of the keynote talks are available HERE

Dr Theodore Stickley

Special Interest Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing
Following the ESRC Seminar Series on Arts, Health & Wellbeing, the steering group went on to establish a Special Interest Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing at the Royal Society for Public Health.

Art and Social Change

Also funded by ERASMUS, I am collaborating on this European project that is developing training for healthcare workers to work with the arts amongst people recovering from addictions. Click here for more information.

Current projects

Major achievements

  • 2004 - £265,000 to set up community-based arts programmes in Nottingham City in collaboration with City Arts (funded by New Deal for Communities). The Arts on Prescription programme flourished until 2014.    

  • 2004 - £35,000 to develop an action research project to facilitate a user-led programme of teaching for mental health nursing students (The University of Nottingham)
  • 2005-2009  - £100,000 for Arts development in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, this was in collaboration with the Trust's Arts Coordinator, Penny Coulson
  • 2005- £53,235  - Service User Student Assessment action research project. (Burdett Trust for Nursing)  
  • 2007-2009  - £19,000 -  Open to All. The development of mental health awareness training for museums and galleries. National Social Inclusion Programme, in partnership with Museum Libraries and Archives Council, Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wallace Collection and subsequent "Training for Trainers", for museums and galleries. National Social Inclusion Programme
  • 2006-2012 - £74,000 Various funders for local Arts and Health evaluations and small research projects
  • 2012 - £15,000 Arts, Health & Wellbeing Seminar Series (Economic and Social Research Council)
  • 2013 - 2016 €365,481 e-Menthe A collaboration between five European countries to develop Master´s level eLearning materials in mental health. (ERASMUS, Life-long Learning).
  • 2017 - Arts & Social Change.  A collaboration between five European countries to develop training for healthcare workers €250,000. (ERASMUS, Life-long Learning).




I have published articles related to each of the projects above - do please email me if you would like PDF copies of articles: 

Nottingham People's Choir
In 2013, we have set up the Nottingham People's Choir, with the support of the Institute of Mental Health. The choir (which is going from strength to strength) meets most Thursdays at 1.00pm in the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham City Centre. Do contact me if you would like any further information. The highlight for the choir in 2015 was singing with the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble in the Anxiety Fanfare. Follow this link to see the entire performance at King's Place in London.

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