The evidence base for Arts and Health practice has been building up over the last 15 years and is growing quickly. Below are some links to further research in this field which we hope you will find useful…

Arts Council England – Arts and Health Research and Reports available to download:
A prospectus for Arts and Health
This downloadable prospectus was produced jointly by the Department of Health and Arts Council England and celebrates  the benefits of the arts in improving everyone’s wellbeing, health and healthcare, and its role in supporting those who work in and with the National Health Service.

Arts in Health: A review of the medical literature
This review of medical literature published between 1990 and 2004 explores the relationship of arts and humanities with healthcare, and the influence and effects of the arts on health.

Dance and Health – The benefits to people of all ages
Produced in partnership with the Department of Health and the DCMS this folder outlines the health benefits of dance and provides examples of dance projects in a range of health settings.

Arts and Health Research Centres:
Sidney de Haan Research Centre – Reports on Arts and health
The Sydney de Haan Research centre at Cantebury University is committed to researching the contribution of music and other participative arts activities in promoting the wellbeing and health of individuals and communities.  They have produced 7 research publications which are available to download from their website.

Centre for Medical Humanites at Durham University
CAHHM recognises and engages with the growing diversity of arts in health practice and is one of the UK’s leading research centres for Arts and Health.  Their website has a number of research reports available to download.

Arts for Cancer at MMU
Arts for Cancer at Manchester Metropolitan University is the UK’s longest established arts and health organisation. With specialism in research, advocacy and development it is working with Arts Council England and the Department of Health and a range of partners to better understand the impact of creativity, culture and the arts on health and well-being.

Arts and Minds
This organisation, based in Cambridgeshire, was established to promote and support access to all forms of the arts for mental health service users and people with learning disabilities.  Their website contains downloadable evaluations and research from their projects.

Arts & Health – An international Journal for Research, Policy and Practise
This journal provides a pioneering international forum for the publication of research, policy and best practice within the interdisciplinary field of arts and health.

Research Databases:
Society for the Arts in Healthcare
This American organisation’s website contains an excellent database of Arts and Health research links

NHS Evidence Database
A huge database of anything related to health and wellbeing; includes some useful research relating to Arts and Health.

We are also pleased to able to share the resource library in our office with you:

Resource Library Catalogue

If you would be interested in borrowing anything listed in the catalogue, or simply browsing the shelves, please call us on 08000 2556665 or email Sarah on to book an appointment.