Papers & Reports

The underlying principle, supported by a growing national and international evidence base, is that group participatory art sessions increase wellbeing, confidence and relaxation, and can reduce or alleviate symptoms associated with common physical and mental health conditions.

This reduction of symptoms and increase of wellbeing enables people to re-engage with their everyday lives, encourages self-management of long term conditions, and reduces costs for the health service.

Artlift uses various methods of quantitative and qualitative evaluation; from questionnaires to focus groups and art. Over the past 12 years we have collected a huge database of evidence (held by the University of Gloucestershire) that shows the positive impact arts in health interventions have.

Gloucestershire Creative Health Consortium – Providing Creative Health in Gloucestershire during Lockdown

Artlift are one of the five founding partners of the Gloucestershire Creative Health Consortium. Between us we offer a wide range of creative ‘Arts on Prescription’ options to individuals living in Gloucestershire, helping them to manage their health conditions in a different way.

The consortium partners composed a paper documenting their responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, and subsequent lockdown periods from 23rd March 2020 to 19th July 2021. This paper includes observations and experiences from consortium partner organisations, delivering artist facilitators and individuals who accessed Creative Health over this time.

“I have loved the weekly contact with (the artist) and others on the course – so important during lockdown and self-isolation” – Artlift participant

Gloucestershire Creative Health Consortium are delighted to share these important experiences with you and invite you to read the paper here:

GCHC Providing Creative Health in Gloucestershire during Lockdown


The APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Arts, Health & Wellbeing released their report (Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing) in 2017 after 2 years of research and evidence gathering. Artlift are very proud to have featured in the report, which shows the impact that creativity can have in the health sector.

Or for the short report:


The following reports and studies on Artlift are from a range of universities and journals:

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