Latest resources

In this section you will find all the research, guidelines, data and resources that we have included in the LAHF newsletter. You can filter these by type of resource, or by theme using the tags on the right hand side of this page.

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Relax and Dream

Relax and Dream, is a new audio-visual wellbeing resource for children and adults in healthcare settings.

It features seven short films of different natural locations, for example, a sunset on the Cornish coast, being close-up to a waterfall, and lying in a summer meadow. The project can now be viewed and downloaded online at no cost (or by donation) via a newly launched website:

Meanings of wellbeing

‘The Wellbeing of Nations: Meaning, Motive and Measurement’ is a new publication exploring the challenges in assessing social wellbeing.

Understanding demand

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has published a paper focusing on the ‘demand side’ perspective of employers, commissioners and hirers of artists working in participatory settings.

Lancet – UCL Commission on Culture and Health

The Lancet has published the findings of a Commission designed to assess the role of culture in health, bringing together voices from different fields, including anthropologists, social scientists, and medics.

Artworks I like

A new study by Paintings in Hospitals and the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art explores the artwork preferences of people on the autistic spectrum.

New Canadian studies

The latest issue of Hill Strategies' Arts Research Monitor includes three Canadian studies looking at different impacts of arts on health.

The studies include a Toronto report on neighbourhood-based community development through the arts, a Vancouver study of the arts and seniors’ wellbeing, and an overview of the potential impacts of documentary films on social change.

Narratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing: Reparation and connection

Narratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing by Olivia Sagan draws on extensive research carried out with mental health service users who are also practicing artists.

Bite Sized

Bite Sized is a new poem which utilises therapeutic writing to explore the experience of a mother with a child who has anorexia.

Created by Fiona Hamilton, the publication of the poem is the beginning of a project, which Fiona hopes to take into clinical and arts settings, to use story, words and movement to engage people with the challenges of eating disorders.

Applications of Drama

Birmingham’s Newman University has published a report looking at the different ways it is exploring the ways drama can be applied in health and wellbeing settings.


New Impact Measurement Tools

Two new impact measurement tools have been launched to help charities to measure their impact on participants and the wider community.

Created by Inspiring Impact (a coalition of voluntary sector umbrella bodies) the tools connect to other resources and online support to increase the social impact made by community organisations.

Medical Artefacts

The illustrated Catalogue of the Symons Collection which is permanently displayed in the Treasures Room at the Royal College of Physicians has been published and is now available online.

It is a collection of medical artefacts including many used by people for self-care.

Nordoff Robbins music therapy publications

Nordoff Robbins has published a range of resources about music and health interventions.

These resources are available along with many others on

National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing publishes All Party Parliamentary Group minutes

As previously reported in this newsletter the new All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing met for the first time in early July. The meeting was themed around the Care Act and examined the ways that arts and culture can contribute to the quality of care following the Francis Inquiry.

The Farrell Review - Progress Report 01

The authors of the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment have published the first of a series of regular progress reports on the implementation and the evolution of the review.

Taking the Lead report and toolkit

Arts Derbyshire, through its programme of Arts, Health & Wellbeing work, has completed a project entitled Taking the Lead. This involved work with three groups of young Derbyshire musicians to develop their musical and leadership skills in care settings in their community. In addition, training for Derbyshire’s music leaders was delivered through three professional development days.