WELCOME TO THE
Repository for Arts and Health Resources
This site is for anyone interested in the field of arts, health and wellbeing, but particularly academics and researchers; policy-makers in central and local government; health and social care managers, and creative arts professionals engaged directly in using their artistic skills in healthcare and community settings to support health and wellbeing.
What can you find here?
This site houses a range of ‘grey literature’ and other resources not easily found on the main websites dedicated to covering arts for health practice as it has grown and diversified.
Particularly, it provides a chronological overview of the significant publications not captured by major research databases, that have documented and guided the development of the Arts and Health field in the UK over the last twenty years. It does not include peer reviewed papers as these are included in a range of other databases and repositories.
It also has links to the key research centres and departments pivotal to the development and establishment of robust evaluation and research. These centres and departments have been concerned with building theoretical models and robust secure evidence to explain and document the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing.
“The Arts and Health Repository, which was developed in partnership with the RSPH Special Interest Group for Arts Health and Wellbeing , is an unique and invaluable resource for policy makers, researchers, public health professionals and arts organisations. For the first time it brings together a comprehensive collection of Arts and Health resources in the UK from the 1980’s to the present day. The repository helps to consolidate the major gains in arts and health knowledge, makes them immediately available to a wide range of professionals and supports the case for embedding the arts in all health and wellbeing strategies.”
– Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive CBE , Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)
At the heart of the Repository is an online, searchable database, housing nearly three hundred documents that chart the development of the Arts and Health movement in the UK from 1996 onwards. Most are directly available as free downloads and are accompanied by the relevant citations.