Research

Participants needed for study on opportunities for UK disabled and/or deaf visual artists

The Jennifer Lauren Gallery is seeking participants in research being conducted into the opportunities available for disabled and/or deaf visual artists in the UK. The research has been funded by an individual’s emergency grant from Arts Council England.

Further information and details of how to take part in the research can be found here.

 

Call for chapter proposals for Art Psychotherapy book – deadline 23 June 2020

Jessica Kingsley Publishers is seeking 2,000-word chapter proposals for Art Psychotherapy: Innovative practice and new perspectives (working title). The book will capture the range of current activity in the vanguard of Art Psychotherapy practice and research. It will be co-edited by Helen Jury and Ali Coles, editors of Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries: Reframing Practice.

UCL survey of Covid-19 adult health behaviours study seeks participants

A study aimed at understanding the impact of Covid-19 on adult behaviours which contribute most to avoidable deaths in the UK has been launched by the UCL Department of Behavioural Science & Health and the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change. The survey, produced in collaboration with Action on Smoking and Health, Public Health England and Cancer Research UK, examines how the coronavirus pandemic has affected adult tobacco use, nicotine use (vaping), exercise, diet and alcohol use.

Social study of Covid-19 to examine impact of social isolation

MARCH Network has launched a study into the psychological and social experiences of Covid-19 in the UK.

The study aims to understand the effects of social isolation on individuals. The results will be used to track trajectories of mental health and loneliness in the UK over the coming weeks, identify which groups are most at risk, and understand the effects of any potentially protective activities people could be engaging in.

Upcoming book explores art therapy in museums and galleries

Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries: Reframing Practice, the first book to explore and evaluate the potential of museum and gallery spaces and partnerships for art therapy, is to be published on 21 February.

Edited by Ali Coles and Helen Jury, the book contains clinical narratives and reflections on art therapy in museums and galleries internationally.  Case studies from around the globe encompass a broad range of client groups, and the collection reviews key literature and research, considering the wider perspectives on how these spaces inform therapeutic practice. 

Report calls for new frameworks for therapeutic writing

A study into words for wellbeing has concluded that practitioners need new structures for training and supervision in order to work with vulnerable people. The two-year study, commissioned by Lapidus International, suggests that training opportunities are needed in the areas of safety, safeguarding and supervision.

Dementia arts is not reaching South Asian communities

Research by theatre company Spare Tyre has revealed that while there is growing awareness of the value of artistic activity for people living with dementia, this activity has not reached the UK’s South Asian communities in a significant way.  

The report Art and dementia in the UK South Asian Diaspora was written by Elizabeth Lynch MBE with Spare Tyre, and funded and published by the Baring Foundation.  

Key findings and recommendations from the research include:  

GPs cement support for the arts in healthcare

A survey of more than 1,000 GPs, carried out on behalf of social enterprise Aesop, shows that an increasing proportion of GPs believes that taking part in arts activities can prevent ill health and save the NHS money.   

The Arts in Health survey revealed:

Looking Back Looking Forward

 

January 2020 marks a year of being in the role of Director for London Arts in Health. New Year is always a good time to reflect and look forward and so I thought I would round up some of what I have learnt a year in as well as what I am looking forward to.

Australian report champions the value of a rich cultural life

A report from Australian independent think-tank A New Approach has added to the growing body of evidence that demonstrates the health benefits of arts and culture

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