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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Closing Time? report

London Health Observatory’s Closing Time? report outlines the cost of alcohol attributable admissions to the NHS in London.

Release of Wellbeing Figures

As part of the Government’s examination of national wellbeing, The Office of National Statistics has released figures tying together the social and economic data from a wide range of government departments and other organisations regarding leisure and work activities – including arts consumption.

New Writings: Public Art in the contexts of health and regeneration

ixia has commissioned and published the following new essays which look at public art in the contexts of health and regeneration:

  FcNK by Clive Parkinson explores the relationship between art in the public realm and well-being. He investigates public art's sometimes superficiality and its occasional potential to question societal norms.

Resources from the Play's the Thing conference

Footage from the conference which took place in 2011 is now available including Professor Felicia Hupert’s keynote speech which offers an interesting overviews of the context, economics and international perspectives on the Wellbeing Agenda.

Keynote address: w:

Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montréal, has announced the launch of a book related to its current exhibition, Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture, as well as an online TV channel.

Spectral Waves, Polychromatic Chords

An illustrated book by Graham Cooper, equating musical notation with colour theory. This publication offers a series of palettes to artists, designers and musicians.

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children Arts Commissioning Programme

A 70 page catalogue was published which celebrated the outcomes of the Arts Commissioning Programme at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (1997-2001) and includes further information and commentary on the project with full colour illustrations of many of the hospital interiors and artworks.

The cataogue is now available free of charge (while stocks last).

Research into art therapy and schizophrenia

Research has been published in the British Medical Journal looking into the efficacy of art therapy when applied in groups for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The study, which has been criticised for its limited nature, failed to establish a clear link between art therapy and improved health outcomes.

Research indicates art aids stroke recovery

Stroke survivors who like art have a significantly higher quality of life than those who do not, according to new research. Patients who appreciated music, painting and theatre recovered better from their stroke than patients who did not. The research was presented at the 12th Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing, 16-17 March, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

New Grant Maker Alert free two month trial

New Grant Maker Alert is a new service for trust, foundation and grant fundraisers. It keeps fundraisers up to date with all the new grant-making trusts and foundations registered in England, Wales and Scotland allowing users to be the first to apply to them.

Updates are sent every month by e-mail.

Go Dance Project studies Dance and Psychological Behaviour in school children

After undertaking Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training, three dance artists from across the East of England devised dance sessions for school children in Year 6, aged 10 - 11. Creative in nature, these sessions focused on addressing the physiological fitness components of flexibility, aerobic endurance and muscular explosive power.

Research: Arts therapies and dementia care

Art therapies and dementia care: A Systematic review, by Renee L Beard, September 2011. Published by Sage Publications.

The Articulate Hand

The Articulate Hand is a collaboration between performance artist Andrew Dawson and Jonathan Cole, neuroscientist and author. Through movement, Andrew Dawson uncovers the grace, beauty and psychological consequences of the impairments of the hand.

3 talks on the subject given at TEDMED 2011 are now available to view online

New Model Visual Arts Institutions and Social Engagement

Lynn Froggett, Alastair Roy, Robert Little, Leah Whitaker

Arts and Music in Healthcare: An overview of the medical literature: 2004-2011

Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity have published a report by Rosalia Staricoff and Stephen Clift which updates the review of arts and health research conducted by Rosalia Staricoff for Arts Council England in 2004.

The vast majority of studies identified were concerned with music interventions, and this review focuses on these.