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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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.

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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.

Research shows nurse health improved by arts activity

New research has found that arts activity, improves the wellbeing of nursing staff.

The researchers in Lithuania analysed the impact of arts engagement activities on the wellbeing of nursing staff and found significant improvements in subjective wellbeing.

King’s Fund arts in hospitals

The King’s Fund has published a retrospective reflecting on its commissioning of arts activity in hospitals from 1979 to 2010.

Museum object handling in mental healthcare

A new paper from the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion offers preliminary support for museum object handling as a group intervention in mental health care.

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ACE promotional materials on the value of the arts for wellbeing

Arts Council England’s Culture Matters film

Andrew Marr’s ditigal essay 'To Make is to Live', on creativity and recovery from stroke.

Comres poll on impact of arts and culture on older people

Comres research demonstrates impact of arts and culture on health, wellbeing and quality of life for older people aged 65 and upwards.

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New research database from the Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida

The new database is a curated listing of over 1,000 articles specifically related to arts and health. AIM would be pleased to receive articles to add to the database.

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Evaluation: ENB Dance for Parkinson’s programme

This case study looks at the English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme, and why it has been commissioned by a Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Collected resources from NCVO Making Connections events

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations have have collated resources from their Making Connections events to give access to information and discussions shared on the day: