Clay Transformations

Nottingham University

Clay Transformations was an innovative research project based at the University of Nottingham which investigated the therapeutic effects of using clay in work with teenagers dealing with feelings of anger, anxiety and depression. The project team was a cross disciplinary mix of academics, psychologists, psychotherapists and local artists, teamed up with professionals in the NHS, third sector and colleagues at Nottingham Contemporary and City Arts.

Why Singing in a Choir is Good for You

Oxford Brookes University
Singing in a choir can be good for our psychological well-being. Researchers set up an online study asking 375 people who sang in choirs, sang alone or were members of sports teams about their experience of these activities. All three leisure activities yielded high levels of well-being, but the analysis of the results revealed statistically significant, evidence of higher reported well-being in people who sang with a choir compared to those who sang alone.

Collaborative local governance for arts in health: Learning from an arts programme for hospital-based stroke patients

Isle of Wight NHS

The issue of training, supervision of artists and governance of arts and health practice is a major area requiring resolution for the development of arts-in-health practice. Moss and O’Neill posit that arts and health practice should be regulated and professionalized, whilst Mike White argues that arts practice should be the collective responsibility of local agencies and individuals working together to establish arts and health programmes. There has been limited discussion and debate within and between leading arts and health organizations.

Bring on the health economists: time for a rigorous evaluation of senior participative arts


Purpose – As our elderly population increases, scheduled to rise by 61 per cent in the next 20 years, a national
panic has set in about what to do. Antidepressant use is on the rise, and the figures for loneliness and depression
skyrocketing. So far, so normal and so very disheartening. The purpose of this paper is to make a radical plea
to change our thinking about how the lives of our senior citizens are lived: bring on the health economists, and
let us put some serious funding into studying the effects of participative arts on the lives of older people.

Moving Forward Project 2012-2014 Impact Evaluation

Creative Future

The Moving Forward Project is a three year project from 2012-2015 providing creative workshops to socially excluded adults. The target was to engage 120 people in 7 locations across Sussex in year one increasing to 200 people in 12 locations by year 3. The three outcomes we hoped to achieve were:

What difference can evidence-based participatory music and arts make?

Joel Almeida

This is a service evaluation report of a NICE-based, facilitated weekly social support group for selfhelp. NICE is the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence. The facilitation uses music, creative writing, drama, visual and other arts based on self-help themes relevant to users.

Business models in the visual arts

Arts Council England and the Turning Point Network have just published this report by Susan Royce on sustainable business models in the visual arts. It is designed to help arts organisations respond to the current, challenging economic environment and to generate debate about different approaches and new ideas to making arts organisations more resilient. It is being accompanied by a blog to explore some of the issues in more detail.

Assessment of the impact of arts on learning

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.

AQ Launches Findings from 4th Recession Impacts Survey

452 arts organisations of all scales, regions and art forms took part in this year's survey, the fourth of its kind to be conducted by AQ since the start of the recession in 2008.

Key Findings:
◆  A majority of respondents reporting that they will be unlikely to recover losses in public sector funding from other sources until at least 2015. 

◆  Continuing modest growth in both fundraising and earned income streams combined with the impacts of public sector cuts felt across the sector point clearly to the arts being in the midst of the Second Recessionary Wa

Presenting the Evidence: The up-to-date guide for music therapists responding to the demands of clinical effectiveness and evidence-based practice

A resource from Nordoff Robbins to help music therapists to explain how they can collect the information and data they need to show how effective their work is, and back it up with evidence.

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