Explore the evidence:

research and global practice

Below we share highlights from the vast body of existing research that evidences the efficacy of the arts and humanities as an intervention in health, alongside insights into current global practices in this field.

Rationale and reach

Our Audiences

By bringing evidence from research and current practice together here, we hope to offer a collection of data that is useful to:

Creative Practitioners

who are often working in isolation and welcome the opportunity to share practices, challenges, rewards and learning

Health Practitioners

keen to understand the nature and benefits of arts in health practices and encourage their widespread take-up

Commissioners and Care Providers

in urgent need of evidence to justify allocation of resources to support arts in health initiatives.

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SHARED Publications

Journal Article | Arts and Health

Benefits of Arts in Health Practice: Findings from SHARED's international network

Policy Brief | SHARED network

The special part Arts and Humanities have to play in overcoming health inequities and exclusions globally

Policy Brief | Heseltine Institute

Evidenced best practice for embedding Arts and Humanities-based research in health care internationally

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SHARED Workshops

7 February 2023 | Workshop 1 ALIGNMENT

Our first workshop focussed on international arts in health initiatives that build on existing community capabilities. We heard from Nawa Culture and Arts Association in the Gaza Strip, Mishwar in North Lebanon and UNESCO RILA in Glasgow.

21 February 2023 | Workshop 2 INCLUSION

In our second workshop we explored arts and health models which reach marginalised or at-risk populations. We heard about the COSTAR project in Uganda, Wellbeing of the Woods in Glasgow and the Centre for Contemplative Studies in USA.

7 March 2023 | Workshop 3 PARTNERSHIPS

At our third workshop we heard about experiences of establishing successful collaborations between arts activity and health provision. We learned about the Cinema, Memory and Wellbeing Toolkit, the work of Dovetale Press and we heard from experienced music and health practitioner, Georgina Aasgaard.

Selected highlights from

Existing Research and Current Practice

The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing set-up in 2014 aims to improve awareness of the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing.

A report, synthesizing the global evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being, with a specific focus on the WHO European Region. This research was led by the WHO/UCL Collaborating Centre for Arts & Health based in the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health at University College London.

A peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that publishes innovative research, creative scholarship, poetry, essays, reviews, and short reports in the health humanities

An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice

A campaign led by University of Nottingham and Aardman – co-produced with and for young people – aims to increase mental health literacy.

An international journal from BMJ and IME publishing studies on the history of medicine, cultures of medicine, disability, gender, bioethics & medical education

A Health Humanities Journal seeking to develop conversations among diverse people thinking about medical and humanistic ways of knowing.

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