UK Timeline 2019
Report produced for BBC Music Day 2019 summarising research findings as to the physiological, psychological and social impacts of music on the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and wider society, with some exemplar projects that have featured in the media.
An evaluation of the impact of multi-arts programme on hospital patients living with dementia and their family members – the Forget-Me-Not Project helps to address issues that come with dementia, helping patients to engage with visitors through sensory resources.
The Lullaby Project five years on: evaluating the well-being impact and legacy of singing a child’s story
This evaluation sought to examine any benefits to children’s mental, social and educational health five years after involvement in the Lullaby Project – a musical intervention for preschool children 2-4 years old living in areas of sociology-economic disadvantage.
This Age-Friendly Standards self-assessment checklist is designed to help organisations assess and monitor their progress against the Age-Friendly Standards.
Report on finding from a ten-year longitudinal evaluation of the In Harmony Liverpool project, which aimed to increase life chances of children from deprived communities through engagement with orchestral music.
This report captures key learnings from the Creative Ageing and the City Symposium in 2019 – a key event in “Age Against the Machine”, the London Borough of Lewisham’s Festival of Creative Ageing.
This research examines the impact of the Cathedrals Group choir membership and Festival participation on singers and their wellbeing – physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing.
This NHS summary guide is aimed at people and organisations leading local implementation of social prescribing. With the framework of the comprehensive personalised care model, it provides a useful overview of: how good social prescribing works and its benefits; the commissioning of social prescribing; collaborative...
This official NHS guide has been created for practice managers and clinical leads within PCNs, for social prescribing link workers, commissioners and local system partners, including voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) leaders, public health leaders, people with lived experience and patient groups. It ...
Fresh Arts on Referral was a pilot to find out whether participation in arts activities in a safe, supportive group setting might provide hospital patients with chronic conditions with increased knowledge, skills and confidence, facilitate patient activation and enable patients to better manage their own health and ...
Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for Brighton & Hove, which focuses on the contribution arts and culture make to health locally.
This report is an independent evaluation of Pathways to Wellbeing Phase 1 (2016-19), a museum-based community engagement programme, led by the Holburne Museum,Bath, with art at its heart.
This report evaluates The Irene Taylor Trust’s Sounding Out progamme which runs a music tranieeship for ex-prisoners. The Irene Taylor Trust runs a music traineeship (Sounding Out) providing ex-prisoners with longer term rehabilitative opportunities upon their release to bridge the gap between life inside and outs...
This study by Art Fund aims to better understand the potential of regular museum and gallery visits on people’s lives
This practical guide from the Baring Foundation contains 50 tried and tested activities aimed at artists/facilitators who lead participatory arts sessions with older people.
This report documents the findings from academics at the Research Institute of Media, Arts and Performance (RIMAP), University of Bedfordshire who, in 2019, undertook qualitative research into the impact of Hear and Now, an intergenerational arts and health project.
Circle of Care: Embedding an Arts Based Professional Development Programme at Guy ’s and St Thomas’ Trust PROGRAMME FINAL REPORT 2018-19
This final report is to inform future strategy for Circle of Care and the partnership between Performing Medicine and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), and offers recommendations for the roll out of this framework of using arts based methods in the training of healthcare professionals.
“From Bingo to Bartok”: Creative and Innovative Approaches to involving older people with Orchestras
Commissioned by the Baring Foundation, this publication spotlights some of the best examples of orchestral work supporting older people living better lives and meeting the challenges of health and loneliness.It also contains a comprehensive list of current UK initiatives and an academic review of research and evalua...
Case study documenting a project at a GP surgery in Newport, led by Paintings in Hospitals.
The UK Cultural Cities Enquiry recommended that cities and districts form Cultural Compacts to bring together a broad spectrum of stakeholders with a shared interest in the role of culture in creating happy, prosperous, inclusive places.
The Durham Commission is a joint research collaboration between Durham University and Arts Council England, convened to look at the role creativity and creative thinking should play in the education of young people.
Space to thrive: A rapid evidence review of the benefits of parks and green spaces for people and communities
This report summarises a rapid review of evidence on the social benefits of urban parks and green spaces. It focuses on issues such as health, wellbeing and social integration rather than on the wider environmental and ecological benefit...
A Mixed Methods Exploration of “Creativity in Mind”, an Online, Creativity-Based Intervention for Adults Experiencing Low Mood and Anxiety
Report by researchers from UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, presents findings from research into 64 Million Artists’ online, creativity-based intervention, Creativity in Mind, (CIM) aimed at improving mood and wellbeing.
This report covers the period from the 2018 Annual General M...
Culture Action Europe (CAE) describes itself as the major European network of cultural networks, organisations, artists, activists, academics and policymakers. CAE encourages informed opinion and debate about arts and cultural policy at EU level. As an intersectoral network, it brings together all practices in cultu...
This document reports on the Social Prescribing (SP) service at the Bromley by Bow Centre (BBBC) in London. It includes a breakdown of key data including referrals to the service; client base; service intervention; and onward referrals and signposting. It provides information on outcomes, via Measure Yourself Concer...
This evaluation reports on Dance Well, a 3 year wellness and dance project led by Akademi, aimed at older people, including those with dementia and other long term health conditions.
The Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA) has prepared this 2019 document as a narrative response to the Arts Council England’s Draft Strategic Framework. CHWA’s response has been compiled through a process of consultation with their Strategic Alliance Members and regional champions. This document comp...
This report presents some of the measurable outcomes of 64 Million Artists’ self funded campaign The January Challenge 2019. The aim of the report is to contribute to the wider debate about participation in creative endeavours and the benefits that people observe for themselves when engaging with them, highlightin...
The UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Sharing the Stage initiative ran from 2014–18. This report documents this initiative which supported arts projects in which vulnerable and under-served groups of people ‘share the stage’ with professional performers, and projects that are based on partner...
This report focuses on the place of arts and humanities in liberal higher education programmes in the United States. it argues that education in the arts and humanities may have an important role in supporting individual well-being across the adult life course.Featured publication
This RSA handbook is a guide to getting to grips with what is called the ‘evidence agenda’ in arts and cultural learning – it is designed to make it easier to ‘do’ evidence and evaluation.
In October 2018 the UK government announced a strategy to tackle loneliness in England.This guidance aims to assist in using appropriate measurements in evaluations as recommended by the Office for National Statistics.
Report on a creative dance project for women recovering from or affected by cancer, including those who are supporting someone with cancer.
Heritage and Wellbeing: the impact of historic places and assets on community wellbeing – a scoping review
This scoping review looks at the impacts of heritage on key aspects of individual and community wellbeing such as increased life satisfaction and social connectivity.
Two-year evaluation of the Dance to Health programme devised by Aesop (Arts Enterprise with a Social Purpose) showing a significant reduction in falls among older participants and improved physical and mental wellbeing.
People change lives: consolidating five years of evaluation learning from Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise centres in Stirling, Glasgow and Aberdeen
This report consolidates and summarises the learning from the first five years of a ‘life-course evaluation’ of Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise programme, whose mission is to transform the lives of children and young people and their communities through music and the development of a community orchestra. Its aim ...
This inquiry by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee showcases some of the evidence received during 2017-19, demonstrating the impact of culture and sport on positive outcomes in health, education, criminal justice and urban regeneration.
How the use of decor and visual arts in a Sleep Disorders Centre positively impacts both staff and patient wellbeing.
Identifying the potential value of sustained participation in community activities arising from referral through social prescribing
A rapid mapping review by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to collate an evidence base to support commissioners in making the case for social prescribing and its importance in increasing participation in activities that are known to have benefits for individuals and society.
Tenovus Cancer Care (TCC) first established its Sing with Us (SwU) choirs in 2010. This evaluation presents the data gathered in 2018 via an online survey from 613 choristers from the 16 Wales-based SwU choirs.
An initial evaluation into a Local History Cafe programme – heritage and wellbeing get-togethers for over 50s at risk of, experiencing or looking to keep at bay, isolation and loneliness – managed by a social enterprise in partnership with museums and libraries.
In 2018, Aesop commissioned ComRes to conduct research among UK GPs in order to better understand their perceptions of arts-based interventions and how these perceptions might change over time. [Cross reference Aesop (2018) Healthcare and the Arts: GP Survey Headlines] The same question was asked again in 2019 to me...
Report of findings of a pilot project delivered in 2019 at Bandrum Nursing Home in Fife, by artist Fiona Hermse, who led arts and crafts sessions with care home residents and staff.
This report evaluates a creative writing programme in response to the exhibition Catch Your Breath, a medical humanities research project, jointly led by Durham University and the University of Bristol, and funded by the Wellcome Foundation.
Let’s Dance! How dance improves physical and mental health: A briefing for the Cross-Party Group on Arts and Health
This briefing by the Welsh NHS Federation provides an overview of how arts and health practitioners across Wales are supporting people of all ages and abilities to realise the benefits of dance.
The guide is a resource pack to inspire, support and promote the use of arts in nurturing a culture and practice of welcome for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. It contains practical guidance on how organisations can embed sanctuary in the arts and be part of a network of arts organisations that promote a culture...
A report commissioned by the Baring Foundation after ten years of funding Arts & Older People, reviews the development of the creative ageing sector over the past decade, examining how far has it come and considering where it should go next.
A research report by Spare Tyre, a participatory theatre company into why the UK South Asian diaspora has not engaged as significantly as some other communities with arts and dementia, despite growing evidence for and awareness of the benefits.
Report by the Baring Foundation bringing together some of the projects discovered outside the UK during its UK-based Arts and Older People programme (2010-2019) – it contains an overview of 80 Creative Ageing projects, across Europe, Asia and the anglophone world outside of the UK.