Why Art Matters

The Evidence

The Evidence

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.

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:

Also in Why Art Matters

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