Research

How Audiences and Visitors are Transformed by Cultural Experiences in Liverpool

This report discusses the range of findings with respect to audiences’ ‘readiness to receive’ the art and the six constructs of intrinsic impact.

In this collaborative pilot study, eight arts and cultural organisations in Liverpool (acting together as the Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium, or LARC) surveyed audiences and visitors about the impacts of their experiences over the 2009-10.

Assessment of the impact of arts on learning

Organisation: 
The Cultural Learning Alliance

The Cultural Learning Alliance has published key findings demonstrating the impact of the arts on the social and educational achievements of children and young people.

New paper on the small-scale visual arts sector in the UK

A new research paper on the economy and value of the small-scale visual arts sector in the UK has been published.

Size Matters: Notes towards a Better Understanding of the Value, Operation and Potential of Small Visual Arts Organisations is written by Sarah Thelwall, commissioned by Common Practice, London with support from Arts Council England.

The paper seeks to articulate the value of the small-scale visual arts sector within the wider arts ecology.

New resources from the Reader Organisation

Reports and videos from the recent 'Reading for Wellbeing Conference' are now available to download and view online and a new research report; The Therapeutic Benefits of Reading in Relation to Depression has also been published.

http://thereader.org.uk/events-and-publications/conference/

Research: Arts therapies and dementia care

Art therapies and dementia care: A Systematic review, by Renee L Beard, September 2011. Published by Sage Publications.

“Despite steadfast interest in the use of arts therapies (ATs) with individuals who have dementia of the Alzheimer’s type (DAT), a systematic review of the literature has not been conducted. This paper aims to critique this evidence base, including music, visual arts, drama, and dance/movement therapies between the years 1990 and 2010, and make suggestions on how it can be strengthened.”

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Go Dance Project studies Dance and Psychological Behaviour in school children

After undertaking Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training, three dance artists from across the East of England devised dance sessions for school children in Year 6, aged 10 - 11. Creative in nature, these sessions focused on addressing the physiological fitness components of flexibility, aerobic endurance and muscular explosive power.

The aim of this project was to study children’s behaviour and the positive effect of creative dance sessions in schools.

Research indicates art aids stroke recovery

Stroke survivors who like art have a significantly higher quality of life than those who do not, according to new research.

Research into art therapy and schizophrenia

Research has been published in the British Medical Journal looking into the efficacy of art therapy when applied in groups for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The study, which has been criticised for its limited nature, failed to establish a clear link between art therapy and improved health outcomes. More details are on the LAHF blog here http://lahf.wordpress.com/

Release of Wellbeing Figures

As part of the Government’s examination of national wellbeing, The Office of National Statistics has released figures tying together the social and economic data from a wide range of government departments and other organisations regarding leisure and work activities – including arts consumption. The programme aims to produce accepted and trusted measures of the well-being of the nation - how the UK as a whole is doing.

World Happiness Report Launched at the United Nations

Commissioned by the United Nations Conference on Happiness, published by the Earth Institute at Columbia University and edited by Jeffrey Sachs.

According to this report the happiest countries in the world are all in Northern Europe (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Netherlands). Their average life evaluation score is 7.6 on a 0-to-10 scale.

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