Cultural Attendance and Public Mental Health

The research on the health benefits of intensive engagement with creative and cultural activities through art therapy and workshops led by artists is well recognised in the literature on cultural impact. In general, this engagement involves small numbers and, in the current climate, is unlikely to receive sufficient investment to make a difference at a population level.

'Who Cares? Museums, health and wellbeing'

The 'Who Cares? Museums, health and wellbeing' publication outlines the programme that the six Renaissance North West museums have been running over the past two years. The programme has been researched by the Psychosocial Research Unit at the University of Central Lancashire. The full research report and report summary are available to download.

Be Creative Be Well Evaluation published

Over three and a half years, the Well London programme empowered some of the capital’s most deprived communities to take a proactive role in enhancing their health and wellbeing.

Arts and Music in Healthcare: An overview of the medical literature: 2004-2011

Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity have published a report by Rosalia Staricoff and Stephen Clift which updates the review of arts and health research conducted by Rosalia Staricoff for Arts Council England in 2004.

The vast majority of studies identified were concerned with music interventions, and this review focuses on these.

The Hospital Arts programme of Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity helps to create a healing environment within Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where visual and performing arts are combined to help relieve anxiety and assist in recovery.

New Model Visual Arts Institutions and Social Engagement

Lynn Froggett, Alastair Roy, Robert Little, Leah Whitaker

“This study asks how socially engaged visual arts practice can change individuals and communities – or: what are the ingredients of transformation through the arts. Four intensive organisational case studies characterise and compare distinctive approaches to socially engaged practice. Artangel (London), CCA (Glasgow), FACT (Liverpool) and Grizedale (Cumbria) were chosen because of their significance in this emergent field and the ways in which they combine local embeddedness with international resonance.

Changing face of artists' employment

A new report from A-N, the Artists’ Information Company explores the effect of the economic recession on the livelihoods of artists in terms of access to employment and career opportunities and raises concerns about how artists' practice is likely to fare in this period of arts austerity.

Key findings:

  • The impact of the recession on artists' jobs and opportunities on offer was greatest in 2008, when the total value of openly-offered work to artists dropped by 60% on the previous year.
  • In 2009, there was some recovery, with the overall value down only 15% on

“Whose Cake is it Anyway?” Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

In 2009, Paul Hamlyn Foundation commissioned Dr. Bernadette Lynch to work with a study group of 12 museums and their community partners across the UK, to gauge the real nature and effectiveness of the engagement practices of museums and galleries. Lynch recommends that participation must be embedded at the core of an organisation, rather than being run as a series of short-term, stand-alone projects.

Norwegian study discovers evidence that culture may improve health

The aim of this study was to analyse the association between cultural activity and perceived health, anxiety, depression and satisfaction with life in both genders. The study is based on the third population-based Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (2006–2008), including 50,797 adult participants from Nord-Trøndelag County, Norway. Data on cultural activities, both receptive and creative, perceived health, anxiety, depression and satisfaction with life were collected by questionnaires.

The Relationship between Quilting and Wellbeing

Researchers from the University of Glasgow have published their findings about the relationship between creative craft hobbies and wellbeing in the general population.

The findings illustrate how creative craft hobbies such as quilting can be a meaningful vehicle for enhancing wellbeing and sets the foundation for further research into creativity, creative hobbies and hobbies in general.

Journal of Public Health

ISAN national evaluation of outdoor arts audiences project

ISAN is commissioning the Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change at the University of Manchester, under the direction of Senior Research Fellow Dr Andrew Miles, to conduct a national evaluation of outdoor arts events over a three

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