Research

What makes working in the arts and mental health sustainable?

How can people and organisations survive and thrive in mental health and the arts? The Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance, funded by the Baring Foundation, are running a six-month project to understand more about work with creativity and mental health. They are searching for participants who can answer yes to the following questions:

Social prescribing providers invited to take part in PhD research

Plymouth University postgraduate research student Charlotte Featherstone is seeking social prescribing providers to take part in online focus groups on provision of social prescribing for adults on the autism spectrum. This is a vital area of research as autistic adults experience significant health disparities and barriers accessing healthcare, leading to early mortality. The research will explore the potential for accessible social prescribing to mitigate these issues.

Student Knowledge Exchange project: Festival Week – 21 to 28 June 2021

The festival’s events will be centred around the individual programmes undertaken as part of the broader Innovating Knowledge Exchange: Student Involvement in Delivering Better Patient Experience in the NHS project jointly funded by Research England and the Office for Students.

These include: 

Call for participants for UCL COVID-19 Social Study

Would you be interested in talking to University College London about how the pandemic has impacted your mental health, wellbeing and access to support? For their COVID-19 Social Study they are interviewing people who have a range of experiences, including young informal carers (aged 13-24) and people experiencing financial difficulty.

Art & Mental Health with Christopher Bailey from WHO – 30 June 2021

The Arts and Health Lead at the World Health Organization will introduce his newly established program that looks at the research agenda around the health benefits of the arts, in everyday life as well as an instrument in the field.

The program sets the research agenda, working with local communities and global media on promoting good health through and with the performing arts.

Find out more and book tickets

Report reveals six-fold increase in arts experiences for health service users and staff in Ireland

Arts and Health Co-ordinators Ireland (AHCI) has published a report on its research into the level and nature of Arts and Health activity in the Republic of Ireland which revealed a six-fold growth in this field of work over the past 20 years. The research, which was carried out by Dr Francesca Farina, measured the level and nature of arts and health activity in 2019 across a range of healthcare contexts, from hospitals and day care centres, to community settings and health promotion.

Exploring the impact of digital storytelling for health, MRes Scholarship – deadline 20 June 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to study digital storytelling for health which could lead to entirely new approaches in patient experience and healthcare practice and policy. The project will be based in the Faculties of Creative Industries and Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales. It is a funded MbyRes, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship.

Participate in research examining relationship between creativity and wellbeing

The Creativity Study is an online research project examining the relationships between creativity, flow, emotions and wellbeing in the daily lives of creative people. The study is being carried out as part of a graduate research dissertation in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. The team are looking for participants who consider creativity to be an important part of their lives. If you’re a creative professional by day, pursuing your creative passions by night, or a creative hobbyist, you’re invited to take part in the study.

WHO project aims for large-scale integration of arts and culture within healthcare sector

WHO/Europe and the Nordic Culture Fund are partnering up to explore effective and sustainable strategies for integrating arts and culture into the wider healthcare sector. Led by WHO/Europe’s flagship unit on behavioural and cultural insights for health, the project will bring together academics, artists, cultural institutions, healthcare practitioners and policymakers from different countries.

Participants needed for Covid-19 pottery study

Participants are needed for research into the development of pottery skills in Great Britain during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The study, led by first year Archaeology DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford Cathy O’Brien, will examine potters' experiences of working from home with limited access to studios or materials amid the pressures of lockdown. It will also look at the impact of learning through media, such as online video content, social media, and books, alters skill development and how that may impact more traditional educational structures.

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