Evidence

Scottish Government report into culture and health

A detailed study carried out by Scottish Government analysts has charted a direct correlation between participation in culture and improved health. Based on the annual Scottish Household Survey, ‘Healthy Attendance? The Impact of Cultural Engagement and Sports Participation on Health and Satisfaction with Life’, is an in-depth study of the whole population. Published in August , it found that those who participate in culture or attend cultural places or events are more likely to report good health and life satisfaction that those who do not.

Database of arts impacts

London Councils has compiled a database of resources to demonstrate the impact that culture and leisure services can have on economic and social objectives across a range of council services. The database includes toolkits, research and statistics from a range of sources linked to particular focus areas including health, crime, the environment and young people.

w: http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/policylobbying/culturetourismand2012/culturalservices/database.htm

AHRC Cultural Value Project Funding – deadline 16 April 2013

Applications are now invited for grants under the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)’s Cultural Value Project.

The objective of the Project is to develop a framework within which the different components of cultural value will be identified and to establish for each of the components methodologies and appropriate types of evidence for evaluating their contribution. A key aspect of this evaluation is to assess the value of cultural activity with regard to health.

Engage 30: Arts and Healthcare

The engage journal is published twice a year by engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. The latest issue; engage 30, Arts and Healthcare explores the contribution that the arts can make to hospitals and medical settings and how engagement with the visual arts can impact on the lives of patients, staff and carers.

The full list of articles and how to obtain a copy can be found at
w: www.engage.org/journal/journal.aspx?id=31

Big Squeeze annual survey 2012 – deadline 11 June

This is the fourth year of LVSC's annual Big Squeeze survey, which looks at the impact of the recession and public spending cuts on London's voluntary and community sector (VCS) and the people who use their services. Reports summarise the survey results and include recommendations for policy makers, commissioners and LVSC.

Last year’s survey produced findings including:

Artists' work in 2011

a-n The Artists Information Company has published a research paper which forms part of a series that looks specifically at the nature and value of openly-advertised work and opportunities for visual and applied artists.

Creativity in the community - 2 February 2012

London Arts and Health Forum, in partnership with Arts Council England, are hosting a learning and networking event on 2 February 2012 from 10am-1pm at Arts Council England, 14 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 3NQ.

The focus of the event is the role of creativity and well being in community settings, sharing particularly the findings from Be Creative Be Well and interim data from Well London. 

New website for Arts and Health

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create, the Irish national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts have launched artsandhealth.ie , the first national independent arts and health website in Ireland.

The website has been developed by Create and WHAT and was initiated and funded by the Irish Arts Council, as part of its new Arts and Health Policy and Strategy published at the end of 2010.

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