Research

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

Launch of world's largest study into impact of arts on health

King’s College London and UCL have launched the world’s largest ever study into the impact and scalability of arts interventions on physical and mental health

White paper highlights value of arts and culture for improving communities’ health and wellbeing

The University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine and ArtPlace America has released the white paper, Creating Healthy Communities through Cross-sector Collaboration

Call to contribute to research on wellbeing

Researchers at the University of Bristol are conducting research in order to better understand wellbeing and are seeking people to take part in an online questionnaire study. The researchers note that most attempts to measure wellbeing and quality of life involve very short and general scales that do not really provide a true picture of the richness and diversity of wellbeing.

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