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.

Singing4Health CIC

Singing4Health CIC
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Maria Soriano
0208 274 0075
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Singing4Health is a Community Interest Company that promotes physical. mental and social well-being through musical activities, primarily centred in singing. We aim to create sustainable singing activities for a wide range of beneficiaries, with a health related approach. Singing4Health organizes community choirs, voice workshops and activities related to singing with a very special focus on community building, integration, and promotion of tolerance.

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.

Shared Territories: Audit and Analysis of the Arts and Health Sector in the South West

Arts & Health South West

A Research report for Arts Council England and Arts & Health South West. In April 2005 Arts Council England South West and the South West Arts and Health Forum (now called Arts & Health South West) commissioned independent arts consultant Ruth Hecht to undertake an audit and analysis of Arts and Health activity in the South West. The research that took place between May and September 2005 forms the basis of this summary report published in June 2006 to celebrate the official launch of Arts & Health South West. The information was used to inform an action plan for Arts and Health in the region.

A note on designing evaluations of health effects of cultural activities at work

Stress research institute, Stockholm University; Department of Public Heath Services, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm; County of Vasternorrland, Sundsvaal, Sweden.

The present pilot study was performed as part of the preparation for a larger controlled evaluation of health effects of a work site-based cultural programme. Forty participants, 10 in each of 4 work sites, were exposed to cultural events that took place once a week during a 3-month period. Standardised health questionnaires were distributed and blood samples collected before and after the three-month period. Visual analogue scales were distributed before and after the event, and from those average emotional effects for each individual were calculated.

National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Arts for Health (Manchester Metropolitan University)

The National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing launched in 2012 and aims to provide a clear, focused voice to articulate the role creativity can play in health and wellbeing.

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Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England