Welcome to H.A.L. An  Arts/ Health/ Libraries Collaboration Project 

Dr Malcolm Rigler and Artist Duo The Sound Agents


John Campbell & Moira Kenny

In 2015 Dr Malcolm Rigler and The Sound Agents led by Artists John Campbell and Moira Kenny delivered a symposium at Liverpool John Moore's University to discuss ideas relating to Libraries on Prescription and collaborations between NHS and public libraries, mobile libraries and pop up libraries. 

Primary Health Care Professionals and Public and Mobile Library Staff attended to discuss potential  collaborations and the feasibility of a future joint Special Interest Group (SIG)  working with CILIP and the Royal Society for Public Health. 

Born in Poole, Dorset Dr Malcolm Rigler became an NHS GP in 1973 in the Royal Forest of Dean having completed his medical training at Bristol University and subsequently working as a junior hospital doctor in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Hereford.He later led a multi disciplinary GP project in Balsall Heath , Birmingham whilst a Research Fellow , Birmingham University , Department of Theology and Religious Architecture. Later , during the 1980 and 1990s, his surgery Team at Withymoor Village Surgery (Dudley) took a creative arts approach to facilitating communication between doctors, patients, staff and the community to promote health and wellbeing. The various projects undertaken very soon led him to see the vital contribution the new digital technologies could make to health promotion and patient education. Widely regarded as a pioneer of arts and health work. Dr. Malcolm Rigler's current focus is on libraries and health partnerships. 

"I see the most creative future for everyone involved in "arts and health" lies in the emerging "libraries and health" partnership developments that are now taking shape. It is only these developments that can satisfactorily address the widening digital divide that day by day leads to more and deeper divisions or "health inequalities" in our society. In fact I am now completely convinced that the GP and the Health Visitor within the NHS and Local Govt. have no enjoyable or creative future until the arts led "libraries and health" partnership work is understood, valued and firmly supported in every possible way by GPs , Health Visitors and Librarians across the whole of the UK. Health Visitors and Community Arts people are in a very strong position to lead this much needed transformation of Health Visiting , GP practice and Community Library Services".


"My twenty four years as a family doctor have convinced me that many of the ‘medical’ complaints reported by patients are in fact the physical manifestations of social, psychological and emotional problems. 

To create a healthier nation we must start by encouraging inclusive and harmonious relationships in a society where so many find themselves socially excluded. The principal killers are not cancer and heart disease but lack of social support, poor education and stagnant economies. "I am completely convinced that the GP within the NHS has no enjoyable or creative future until the arts led "libraries and health" partnership work is understood, valued and firmly supported in every possible way by both GPs and Librarians across the whole of the UK. Socially engaged artists are in a very strong position to lead this much needed transformation of both GP  practice and the Community Library Service. If we are to improve the nation’s health, a key role for a modern general practice team must be to act as an agent for social justice to build opportunities for social engagement through better education and skills training, improved social networks, and meaningful employment opportunities, including voluntary work". Dr Malcolm Rigler 2016   

“I always wanted to do all I could to help patients to fully appreciate and understand the fragility and complexity of their own bodies, but I wanted this to go beyond biological facts and simple health education. I believe we could sow the seed of total enchantment with the human, help us all to find a meaning in life and so to value ourselves, our neighbours and the community in which we live"

Liverpool based Artist duo John Campbell and Moira Kenny AKA as The Sound Agents specialise in visual arts working across media including public art, oral history, film and photography. They record, collect and archive personal stories and design project work from concept through to evaluation. The work of Art being a collective experience, validating a collaborative relationship with the community.

Since 2012 the artists have successfully completed Health focussed funded projects in Great Homer Street Medical Centre waiting room teaching film and IT skills to patients. Organised and facilitated a Libraries Special Interest Group event in LJMU and a Health and Wellbeing symposium in Foundation of Art and Creative Technology (FACT) Liverpool. 

During a residency in Great Homer Street Surgery, Everton the artists working with Dr Simon Abrams organised a group of patients to develop The Greaty Arts Group.


The project included Story writing, short film training and cultural visits to National Museums and Galleries including the Walker Art Gallery John Moores Painting Prize.
The Sound Agents recorded The Liverpool Chinatown Oral History 2014 funded by HLF, a unique insight in to the oldest Chinese community in Europe. They have a public art installation on show in Liverpool presently:  'Dulce et Decorum Est' a WW1 commemoration, Bold Street. 

Dulce et Decorum Est WW1 Art Installation Bold Street The Sound Agents

'Opera for Chinatown' Public Art Installation 2014 - 2018 Duke Street Liverpool A documentary of the oldest Chinese community in Europe depicting the lives of Blue Funnel Sailors to the Liverpool families affected by the Forced Chinese Deportation of over 2000 Chinese sailors in 1946 from Liverpool. 

Opera for Chinatown Art Installation The Sound Agents

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                                                                                     Contact: Thesoundagents@gmx.co.uk  Website: www.soundagents.blogspot.com 

                                 This project is created jointly by THE SOUND AGENTS & PARTNERS IN HEALTH (Midland) Ltd