2012: The Beginnings of Breathe Arts Health Research
Breathe began life as a seed of an idea with our Founder and Director, Yvonne Farquharson. Back in 2012, the new social entrepreneur drew on her passion and experience from managing the performing arts programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS, to create a pioneering new social enterprise company that had the vision to bring arts and creativity into mainstream healthcare.
With new investment from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, the fledgling company needed a name that did justice to her ambition and passion. So, why Breathe Arts Health Research? It reflects the values of the organisation that have remained a cornerstone for the last ten years. As Yvonne explains, ‘Breathing is something that we all do; it is available to everyone, a great equalizer. This reflects our belief that the arts should be an indispensable part of healthcare, not just a ‘nice to have’. We want to breathe life into innovative ideas and move the arts and health sector forward.’ Adding ‘Arts Health Research’ reflects the intention and continued ethos today that scientific research would underpin the work.