On-Going Research

The development of interpersonal skills, opportunities for making friends, and increased involvement, are amongst the most important contributions to health that projects can make…

Arts and Well-being:
Art for Health (commissioned by the NHS/Health development Agency 1999)

The evidence suggests that creative activities can have a healing and protective effect on mental well-being. Their therapeutic effects promote relaxation, provide a means of self-expression, reduce blood pressure while boosting the immune system and reducing stress. However, the evidence to support these claims is weak and assumptions were made that lacked reliability and validity. Establishing the benefit of participating in creative arts is difficult because of a lack of consistency of a clear definition, but it is important to identify the potential of creative arts as a therapeutic and transformational tools and not an intervention for therapeutic diversion.” (The therapeutic effectiveness of creative activities on mental wellbeing: a systematic review of the literature. Leckey JDivision of Mental Health & Learning Disabilities, Department of Health Sciences, School of Human & Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK. j.leckey@hud.ac.uk)

Key research studies on arts and health

The Arts, Health and Wellbeing (Arts Council 2007)

Julia Anwar McHenry A methodology for determining the role of the arts in rural resilience… (Proceedings of the ‘ReGenerating Community’ Conference, Melbourne, Australia September 2009)
Hosted by the Cultural Development Network and the Globalism Research Centre , RMIT University

17/02/13 New research from the US into mapping the brain – may show why some people excel in the arts while others are pre-disposed towards the sciences.

Arts and Health; an online journal for research, policy and practice


Arts Project Fund – Norfolk

Arts and Health East

Whole-person Care: from rhetoric to reality (March 2013)

Museums and Happiness report (April 2013)

Social Isolation experienced by older people in rural areas – DEFRA

Art Therapy effectiveness survey analysis

Framing Marginalised Art (Australian Research Council 2012)

Arts and Health; A Guide to the Evidence (Arts and Health foundation, Australia, September 2012)

Cultural Diversity and the Arts (research project 2009)

Arts Audiences Insight (ACE 2011)

Social model of disability (Shape)

Understanding Disabled People as Audiences (Shape 2012 – 13)

Disability Arts Online

Liminality and Disability (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Liminal States (Atrium journal, winter 2006)

Personal and Social Transition and the Concept of Enforced Liminality for Indigenous Australians with Adult-Acquired Physical Disability (Centre for Social Change, Queensland University, King, Julie 2006)

Lancaster University Centre for Disability Research

Wolverhampton University research

Creativity and Wellbeing (Engage Scotland 2005)

Be Creative, be Well (evaluation ACE 2010)

Narratives of Art-Making in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Reynolds.F, and Vivat.B, 2006)

Creating Wellbeing (Arts For Health 2009?)

Rebalancing our Cultural Capital (Starck, Gordon, Powell, October 2013)

Visual Research Methods (Prof. Gillian Rose 03/12/13)


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