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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New guide to participation in health innovation from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity

'The art of involving people in health innovation' is based on interviews with local health innovators funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. It addresses the challenges of developing and delivering new health projects with the involvement of professionals, people who use health services, and the wider public.

Examination of the use of the arts to improve health and healing in WA hospitals

The report is the first project undertaken by the new WA Arts and Health Consortium, established in response to Australia’s 2014 National Arts and Health Framework. It suggests that the considerable arts activities currently underway in Western Australia are not met with sufficient evaluation, or supported by long-term strategy and policy.

Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing

International perspectives on practice, policy, and research.

Edited by Stephen Clift, Professor of Health Education and Director Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, and Paul M. Camic, Professor of Psychology and Public Health, and Research Director, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, both at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK

Correlations between health and happiness

John Appleby looks at the correlation between health and happiness for the BMJ.

Heritage Lottery Fund: New conversations across generations

The latest in a new blog from heritage lottery fund policy advisor for Communities and Diversity, Liz Ellis, exploring HLF-supported projects involving both younger and older people.

Arts and health videos and podcasts from Australia

Material from Arts & Health: Making The Connections, in Adelaide, June 2016.

A healthier life for all: The case for cross-government action

The Health Foundation and the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group have co-published a set of essays examining the case for cross government action to improve health. The essays explore the current and emerging threats to health and wellbeing and what we know about what works to address them. 

Mini-doc on arts in health in Canada

Mini-documentary on arts in health from Canada, which features a range of Arts & Health initiatives and includes interviews with champions of Arts & Health in British Columbia.

Read more and watch the documentary.

Artlink’s Investigate > Create

An online publication which shares contributions to Investigate Create - a three-year project led by Artlink that brought people with sight loss and people with hearing loss together with artists to develop innovative collaborative work that explored how their experiences can inform work which is accessible to all.

Arts, health & wellbeing: Reflections on building a UK research network

An account is provided of a UK national seminar series on Arts, Health and Wellbeing funded by the Economic and Social Research Council during 2012–13. Four seminars were organised addressing current issues and challenges facing the field. Details of the programme and its outputs are available online.

Life is for Living: Artistry in old age

The text of a talk given by Francois Martarasso at the Independent Creative Living Conference, Baltic, Gateshead (UK) on 28 June 2016.

Read here

Art making reduces stress levels

New research from Drexel University indicates that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body.

The UK’s Ageing Population: Challenges and opportunities for museums and galleries

The UK’s Ageing Population: Challenges and opportunities for museums and galleries

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing in collaboration with the British Museum has produced a report examining the impact of population ageing on the cultural sector.

Museum object handling improves wellbeing of people with dementia

New research has found a connection between museum object handling and art viewing and improved wellbeing for people with dementia and their carers.

The research from Canterbury Christchurch University found that engaging in these cultural activities had a greater impact on wellbeing than simply socialising.