Can somatic dance practices reduce acute pain for children and young people in hospital?

Small Things Dance Collective

Aims The aim of this study was to assess whether Improvised Somatic Dance (ISD) can have a positive effect on children and young people experiencing acute pain. ISD is a non-traditional and non-directive or improvised approach to creative dance and movement education/reeducation.  

My Body

Bini Atkinson, My Body CAT Scan
Bini Atkinson, My Body MRI

AIM:-  The aim of the project is/ was to record  and analyse the changes on my body after surgery using CAT/MRI/XRAY/PHOTOGRAPHS from the surgical process.
The process was partly to investigate therapeutic benefit of managing my pain and healing through creative activity.

OBJECTIVE:-  To record and inform through making ( mark making on 2D surfaces, including stitch, print, wax, paint, ephemeral materials from the operating suite and hospital wards) the changes of healing on the body.

Tatty Devine Commission: Kaleidoscopic Reflections

Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts

Kaleidoscopic Reflections is the latest example of nearly 60 site-specific artworks commissioned by Vital Arts in the past 7 years. It is a ward-wide artwork by contemporary jewellery design duo, Tatty Devine. Children find visiting hospital stressful—regardless of how routine or frequent the visit. It is well documented, that the presence of thoughtfully selected and strategically placed artwork can be a critical tool in assisting clinical aims by positively engaging children and distracting them from painful and/or frightening treatment.

Art at the Heart (AATH)

Art at the Heart of the RUH

Art at the Heart (AATH) is the charitably funded, arts programme for the Royal United Hospitals NHS Trust and was first established in 2000. The RUH delivers acute health care to a catchment population of 500,000 residents across Bath & North East Somerset, North Wiltshire and South Gloucester. The RUH is a major employer in the Bath area, as a Foundation Trust Hospital it strives for excellence in its innovation and research.


A Right Old Song & Dance: evaluation

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

A Right Old Song and Dance was an Awards for All funded residency at Dorset County Hospital for a storyteller and musician who worked with patients on Barnes Ward, particularly those with dementia. It was conceived by the Arts in Hospital programme and nursing staff on the ward as a way to enhance the clinical and social wellbeing of patients and staff.

rb&hArts case studies

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

rb&hArts' case studies take an in-depth look at some recent rb&hArts projects, from initial ideas through to final installations and performances, giving an insight into the aims, context, processes and outcomes of our work.


Effects of music listening on adult patients' pre-procedural state anxiety in hospital.

Wales Centre for Evidence Based Care (a Collaborating Centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute) Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales.


To the next power: How true cultural partnerships can exponentially grow a hospital arts program

Snow City Arts Foundation , Chicago, Illinois, USA

Snow City Arts in Chicago has been providing arts programs on pediatric wards for 11 years with a unique purpose. Most hospital-based arts programs are rooted in two different yet important models: recreation or art therapy. Snow City Arts is different in that it puts the focus on learning. As an independent nonprofit organization, it was founded on the simple premise that chronically ill children often miss extended amounts of school because of their need for medical treatments.

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