King's to track public attitudes to culture

King’s College London has launched a public tracking study which will act as a barometer for attitudes to culture in the UK, initial findings indicate 59% of people attend a cultural event at least once per year.

Plants in the workspace

New research indicates that office workers are more productive in environments which are enriched by plants and decoration.

A paper published by the American Psychological Association explored the impact on productivity and workplace satisfaction of adding plants to office spaces and compared these to stripped-down environments. Staff worked better and were more satisfied in spaces with additional decoration and the researchers recommend the addition of plants and decoration to all work-spaces.

Opening access to health research

A consortium of charities has created a new fund to make research more accessible. The Charity Open Access Fund is designed to enable researchers access to articles which require subscriptions in an attempt to share research and promote innovation.

Childhood link between activity and wellbeing

New research by the Children’s Society draws a clear link between activities such as reading,  music and sport and wellbeing in children. Weekly participation in music or painting was linked with higher wellbeing outcomes and the more children read outside school the higher they rated their wellbeing.

Local authority arts and health

New research indicates that 96% of local authority arts services contribute to health and wellbeing outcomes. Arts Development UK’s annual local authority arts investment survey, estimates the total spend in England and Wales on arts services for 2014/15 is £194.5m.

An estimated 74% of arts budgets is spent delivering public service and wellbeing outcomes. Arts spend per head of population in 2014/15 is estimated at £2.41 per person.

Museums on prescription research

In July, a team of researchers led by Dr Helen Chatterjee at University College London began a new three year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to explore the value and role of museums in social prescribing. Social prescribing links patients in primary care with local sources of support within the community which can improve their health and wellbeing. 'Museums on Prescription' is the first project of its kind internationally and will research the development and efficacy of referring socially isolated older people to partner museums in Central London and Kent.

The Art of Social Prescribing: new project funded by AHRC

The Institute of Cultural Capital’s (ICC) Kerry Wilson has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to research arts-based social prescribing, in collaboration with Professor Rhiannon Corcoran of the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice at the University of Liverpool. Funded under the AHRC’s recent ‘public policy’ highlight notice, ‘The Art of Social Prescribing’ has been designed to inform the future development of clinical commissioning policy on arts and cultural interventions in mental health care.

Long-term analysis of arts in health

The results of a six-month research programme to evaluate the long-term relationship between arts participation and physical/psychological health have been published.

Museums on Prescription research

In July 2014, a team of researchers led by Dr Helen Chatterjee at UCL will begin a new 3 year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to explore the value and role of museums in social prescribing.

Local authority spending on culture and health

London Councils are conducting research to identify the value of London local government’s contribution to the arts and culture sector, and to local authorities and the communities they serve. It has published initial findings presenting a snapshot of current arts funding including support for arts and public health activity.


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