Americans for the Arts have issued a comprehensive publication exploring the ways in which the arts can support current and ex-servicemen and women. The publication, 'Arts, Health and Wellbeing Across the Military Continuum’ outlines the research that has thus far been undertaken into the impact of the arts on health problems like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. It also includes practical guidance for setting up arts activities with veterans and calls for changes in military policy to better integrate the arts into health and care for the services.
Public Health England has published the results of research into end of life care which show more people are dying at home than was the case 5 years ago. PHE hailed this as an improvement which reflected people’s wishes not to die in hospital. A survey of public attitudes revealed 7% say they would prefer to die in hospital, compared to two-thirds (67%) who would prefer to die at home.
The latest update of London’s poverty profile – an independent analysis of available data – indicates that the number of people living in poverty in London is significantly higher than the rest of the UK. 28% of Londoners are living in poverty as compared to 21% in the country as a whole; many of those living in poverty are from working families. Further to this, poverty in the outer London boroughs is on the rise. This is the fourth edition of the annual survey (which is carried out by New Policy Institute).
The International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training has established a research forum to investigate how the arts psychotherapies professions can work together to achieve large-scale research projects. The forum aims to involve researchers from art, music and drama therapies with a particular interest in defining clinical interventions. The forum plans to meet twice a year in London.
Think tank Demos has issued a call for evidence as part of its Commission examining residential care. The Commission, which is chaired by former care services minister Paul Burstow MP, was formed to develop a new vision of residential care that would fulfil the demands of a new generation of care users. Its aim is to create a vision for the future of residential care which can deliver on the outcomes that 21st century care users want and value.
A new research project led by the Cardiff School of Social Sciences will use creative arts practices to help inform health-related policy and service development. Funded jointly by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the ‘Representing Communities’ project, will analyse existing representations of local communities and use arts engagement to generate new ways of representing local communities to policy-makers as they develop new health frameworks.
The Bristol conference saw the launch of a major research report by the Royal Society for Public Health’s working group on arts and health. Named “Arts, Health and Wellbeing Beyond the Millennium: How far have we come and where do we want to go?” the report gives an overview of the arts and health field, with particular reference to the UK and New Zealand. It provides a review of the evidence for the benefits of the arts to health, as well as the policy context of commissioning arts and health initiatives.
Voters are more convinced by 'art for art's sake' than any economic argument for public spending on the Arts - but even more are unconvinced either way.
New research from YouGov has reported that only a fifth (21%) are persuaded by the argument that the arts deserve public money because of their economic merits. More Britons (31%) are convinced by the idea that public spending can be justified on the grounds of art's intrinsic and cultural value, but more still (37%) say neither economic nor cultural value provide a convincing case for taxpayer funded art.
The UK Network for Arts & Health Research has received funding from LankellyChase to support its development. The funding will enable the Public Engagement Foundation to offer administrative support to the network and will work on devising a national research strategy for arts in health.
The UK Network for Arts & Health Research was founded in 2012. Currently it has 50 members and funding from the Economics & Social Research Council to run a seminar series.
Ixia conducted its second public art survey during autumn 2012 and the findings have now been published. They appear to indicate a decline in public art activity and also highlight concerns around changes to planning policy and a loss of expertise in local authorities.