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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RSPH SIG Research Corner November 2018

Each month the Arts in Health Special Interest Group at the RSPH curates a short collection of recent peer-reviewed papers that may be useful for practitioners and researchers working in this area. Where possible we try to link to open-source papers that anyone can read, without needing university access.

Creative arts support mental health in child refugees

APPG press release on social prescribing, culture and health

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing has created a press release on social prescribing, culture and health that brings together case studies from arts-on-prescription schemes and quotes from the Secretary of State's recent speech on social prescribing and the cultural sector.

Summary of evidence on wellbeing and sporting/cultural activities

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing has a new blog detailing the key findings from NatCen social research, based on linked data from the four waves of Understanding Society surveys of adults and young people that included questions on cultural and sports participation, undertaken between 2010 and 2015.

RSPH SIG Research Corner October 2018

This is the first of the Royal Society for Public Health's Research Corner series for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

NOAH's new ethical code for arts in health

The US National Organization for Arts in Health has developed a new code of ethics for arts in health professionals.

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Arts Professional special issue on older people and the arts

This recent special edition of Arts Professional explores a number of programmes designed to support older people, and describes creative ageing as a 'flourishing field'.

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ST40 report from Spare Tyre theatre

ST40 is an online heritage project collecting the history of the participatory arts movement and the role Spare Tyre has played within it. It offers resources to understand how the participatory arts movement has developed in response to social and political changes, and is a useful tool for educating current and future generations of practitioners.

The Arts in Prison: Special edition of the Prison Service Journal

The 239th issue of the HM Prison Service’s peer-reviewed journal is a Special Edition on Arts in Prison edited by Dr Michael Fiddler and National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance steering group member Alli Black. The edition contains 10 articles and evaluations that show a partial snapshot of the vital and important work being done in the arts both within and outside prisons.

Supervision and Support - A collation of questions, finding and resources from LAHF

On September 18th 2018 London Arts in Health Forum hosted a discussion event to explore the need for support for artists own health and wellbeing when they are delivering arts and health activity.

Aesop/BOP Active Ingredients report

Aesop and BOP Consulting have published a new approach to helping practitioners and commissioners in the arts and social sectors to understand more about how arts interventions actually work.

What does success look like for arts in criminal justice settings?

This new paper from the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance is the result of roundtable discussions commissioned by Arts Council England, and attended by leading voices in arts and criminal justice.

Unexpected Encounters: How museums nurture living and ageing well

The Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG)'s latest publication addresses the question of ageing at a time in which dominant perceptions of older age focus on decline, frailty, illness and dependence, linked to a medical model that pathologises and problematises ageing.

BMJ study suggests art therapy carries important information for clinicians

A US study led by Dr Girija Kaimal suggests that artwork created during therapy offered to service men and women may convey valuable information to the treating clinicians about patterns of resilience and risk.

The study was funded by the US National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

What Works for Wellbeing guide for measuring impact on wellbeing

What Works for Wellbeing has published a practical guide for small to medium-sized charities or social enterprises seeking to measure their impact on wellbeing – whether this is in terms of health, education or employment. The guide will help you design questions and analyse their results.

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Strength in Networks

A comparative analysis of six creative interventions designed for people diagnosed  with dementia across England and Wales

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