Arts and Health Scoping Research

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Genetics Evolution and Environment

Abstract

The APPG Creative Health report published in 2017 provides the largest ever grouping of evidence demonstrating the value of arts engagement for health and wellbeing; the report argues that arts should be integrated into mainstream health and social care, and the increased interest in social prescribing offers an operational avenue to deliver this ambition. Critically further research is required to understand the value of arts engagement for different audiences and health conditions, including a better understanding of what works (best practice), how and why arts engagement is beneficial.

This proposal will scoping research to support a Strategic Priorities Fund application on: Arts, culture and health (to include arts-based social prescribing). Such scoping research is required to critically assess:
- Strengths and weaknesses of the current evidence base, with a focus on identifying gaps in the evidence base;
- Synergies and areas of uniqueness between 'arts and health' and 'social prescribing' research;
- Perceptions from key academics, practitioners and practice-based researchers on research priorities in the fields of arts and health and social prescribing (*see consultee list below);
- Exploration of feasible translation mechanisms for disbursing a large strategic grant including;
- A SWOT analysis of a large grant scheme being administered and disbursed via the proposed National Strategic Centre for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, as compared to a UKRI-led model.

Planned Impact

This proposal will conduct scoping research which will feed into the development of a draft Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) bid. The scoping process will provide impact by engaging the various stakeholders (academics, arts practitioners, arts organisations, policymakers, parliamentarians, funders) in discussions regarding the impact and value of arts and health, and more broadly social prescribing.
The AHRC will benefit from having a draft SPF bid which is underpinned by robust scoping research. If successful the academic and arts practitioner communities will benefit from having more research funding available.
 
Description We have identified key priorities for future health inequalities research including a need for more community-based research, focused in regions experiencing the highest inequalities and disparities. We have also identified that it is important to know more about the impact and efficacy of social prescribing interventions, in order to optimise delivery for such programs.
Exploitation Route This research is ongoing, the outcomes of our current research, including a survey, will be made available via our website and ongoing talks.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Environment,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://culturehealthresearch.wordpress.com/inequalities-in-the-uk/
 
Description Findings are feeding into ongoing strategic developments regarding social prescribing, personalised care and the role of community assets in supporting health and wellbeing. This is occurring via invited talks, meetings, provision of advice and input into the work of national groups such as the National Academy for social prescribing, the all party Parliamentary group for arts health and well-being, the culture health and well-being alliance, and the social prescribing network.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Environment,Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description UCL Internal GCRF Small Grant
Amount £78,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 06/2020
 
Description Partnership with non-academic partners 
Organisation NHS England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Connected with a range of non-academic partners including: NHS England Personalised Care Team, National Academy for Social Prescribing, Culture Health and Welllbeing Alliance, DCMS, Dept of Health and Social Care. Consulted with these partners about health inequalities
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided advice, guidance and, opinions regarding their priorities for health inequalities research
Impact Agreement to form a research hub with NASP
Start Year 2019
 
Description AHRC/DCMS Boundless Creativity Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited to give advice as part of this workshop which sparked lots of interesting debate about how arts can support indviduals through the pandemic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Academic presentation to scholars and arts professionals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote for Alberta Museums Association conference about Museums and Health, September 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.museums.ab.ca/what-we-do/annual-conference/conference-2019.aspx
 
Description Academic presentation to scholars and arts professionals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Symposium on contribution of culture to social wellbeing: organised by Arts Council England, April 3rd, Manchester
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Academic presentation to scholars and arts professionals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Arts and Health Workshop organsied by The Cultural Capuital Exchangs, London, April 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Academic presentation to scholars and heritage professionals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote presentation at conference in Ghent, Belgium as part of: Participation in cultural heritage for mental health recovery Conference, November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Academic presentation to scholars and heritage professionals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote for Medical Museion Conference at University of Copenhagen, May 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Academic presentation to scholars and students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact UCL IAS seminar as part of Treatment and Wellbeing in an Aging Society: Disciplinary intersections between Literature, Art and Health event March 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Academic presentation to scholars and students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote at Nottingham University Health Humanities Conference January 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Academic presentation to scholars, medical and arts professionals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Central Saint Martins and UCL joint workshop on arts, health and wellbeing, May 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Academic presentation to scholars, medical and arts professionals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact APPG Arts and Health event for the SW Academic Health Sciences Partnership on Social Prescirbing, May 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Arts4Dementia Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Launch of Arts4Dementia's Arts4Brain Health SP report
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://arts4dementia.org.uk/our-presidents-blog/
 
Description Centre for Cultural Value, Culture on Referral workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sharing data and findings from mutliple studies on theipotential of social prescribing to address health inequity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Creative Lives Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Cross sector conference drawing together researchers, practitioners and people with lived experience - I was co-host and panelist
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/epidemiology-health-care/research/behavioural-science-and-health/resources/exp...
 
Description GIVE: Voluntering for Wellbeing Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference organised as part of The Heritage Fund project: GIVE: Voluntering for Wellbeing.
Give: Volunteering for Wellbeing is a National Lottery Heritage Fund project led by UCL on behalf of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance in collaboration with the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Natural History Museum, and Valence House Museum. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will make heritage more accessible to people experiencing health inequalities. Working with the three museum partners, our new volunteering programmes will help open up hidden and unused collections to a greater number of people. This conference showcased main findings from the project and brought together wider audiences interested in voluntering wellbeing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://culturehealthresearch.wordpress.com/give/
 
Description International Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Largest international conference focusing on arts, creativity and health - invited panelist/chair
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk/news/general-news/culture-health-and-wellbeing-internat...
 
Description Knowledge Exchange workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Cultural Capital Exchange - Arts & Health Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description More Culture, Less Medicine Conference, Brighton and Hove City Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This conference sought to draw attention to the value of culture in supporting public health; I gave the Keynote providing context and key findings from our research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.creativefuture.org.uk/arts-health-and-wellbeing/more-culture-less-medicine-2/
 
Description NHSE Personalised Care Social Prescirbing Link Worker Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This talk described our social prescribing research and how SP tackles health inequalities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description National Academy for Social Prescribing; The Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact NASP Showcase event - I talked about the Academic Partners Collaborative and the evidence reviews we are conducting for NASP
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Podcast: Public Health Disrupted: How arts and creativity can tackle health inequalities? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A podcast for UCL Health of the Public's PH Distriupted series: How arts and creativity can tackle health inequalities?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://soundcloud.com/uclsound/public-health-disrupted-how-can-arts-and-creativity-tackle-health-in...
 
Description Presentation to Arts sector professionals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to Arts Council England for their naional Arts and Health training event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Reframing Museums Conference, Louvre Abu Dhabi + New York University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact At this confrenece organised by the Louvre Abu Dhabi + New York University I spoke about Museums and Empathy - this sparked lots of interesting discussion about how museums support emotional wellbeing, e.g. https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/louvre-abu-dhabi-symposium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/events/2020/november/reframing-museums.html
 
Description Research talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk to about 30 environmental psychology sholars and tsudents at the University of Cardiff about synergies between human and environmental healtjh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Research talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Archaeology, Heritage and Health workshop - funded by MARCH Network Plus Funds. This workshop helped to establish a new MARCH Network Special Interest Group involving professional practitioners, researchers, people with lived experience and third sector organisations interested in Archaeology and Mental Health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.marchnetwork.org/opportunities
 
Description Seminar at Cardiff University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Delivered a talk on natural and cultural assets, community participation and the links between human and environmental health to the Environmental Psychology Dept at Cardiff Uni.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk at acaemic conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Arts Meets Health: SMaRteN Conference on 14th November
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.smarten.org.uk/arts-meets-health.html
 
Description Talk, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This invited talk was arranged to support and guide the Art Gallery of Ontario's community development programme; the Q&A that followed helped the museum to argue for expanding their programme to include more people from disadvantaged communities and consider issues of health inequaities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk, National Social Prescribing Champions Scheme Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I was pleased to share findings from multiple studies about the value of social prescirbing to people from marginalised backgrounds, which sparked lots of great questions frok the audience about how to make social prescribing more accessible and equitable.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description UCL-National Trust Partnership Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Launch of UCL-NT Evidence Reviews: our talk focused on historic buildings and wellbeing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022