“Art makes you think. Art gives you pleasure. Creating art is an opportunity to understand and satisfy yourself and be well.” Dr Nayreen Daruwalla, Programme Director for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children, SNEHA, Mumbai

Poster viewing

1 Kate Philips

Art therapy and participatory art for promoting the health and well-being of refugees and asylum seekers.

The research includes a systematic review of art therapy and participatory art for promoting the health and well-being of refugees and asylum seekers.  The research is inclusive in respect of art- based initiatives; art therapy, participatory art, art in hospitals and art on prescription. The research also seeks to explore the attitudes and experiences of various stakeholders involved in these art-based initiatives.


2 Dr Karen Gray

Arts activities for people living with dementia: Are they particularly challenging to evaluate?

Is there anything particular to the arts and dementia context that makes evaluation challenging? Arts-based activities delivered for and with people with dementia often comprise a varied set of interacting elements. As in the wider field of arts and health, evaluators can struggle to separate these from the context to understand what is causing the changes they see. It can also be difficult to decide which methods best illuminate such changes and what will be acceptable to funders and commissioners. This poster explores these issues, considering challenges relating to the practical context and delivery of arts-based activities for people living with dementia and to the idea of ‘value’. 


3 Christine Ramsey-Wade

Can poetry therapy improve outcomes for adult clients diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa?  A systematic review

A systematic review was carried out between April and July 2016 to determine whether there is any new evidence that therapeutic writing could improve outcomes for clients diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa, as there is a need for novel and accessible evidence-based psychological treatments for this disorder.  15 databases were searched, resulting in 12 studies being identified by two reviewers.  The quantitative results showed a positive trend, indicating that therapeutic writing could improve outcomes for clients recovering from anorexia.  Qualitative results indicated that brief therapeutic writing interventions can access a depth of emotional experience.


4 Sally Thomson

Hospitals as Cultural Venues

Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT) is a multi-faceted arts in wellbeing organisation based in North East Scotland. We are embedded within, yet independent of, National Health Service Grampian (NHSG). Our synergy with NHSG, where we act as an advisor, a service deliverer and partner enables us to make a contribution to how and where contemporary arts are delivered in everyday settings.

We deliver our programmes of work through three focused delivery strands - sense of place and placemaking (environment), participatory arts and curated exhibitions. These strands are constantly refined in relation to current arts practice and relevance to wellbeing initiatives, as well as in relation to each other.

The arts are an integral part of society and humanity. Hospitals have a role within the community as the venue for wellbeing; our focus is the potential for hospitals to be a place to access the arts as a participant or within the environment - hospitals as cultural venues adding to a holistic concept of wellbeing. GHAT is researching and developing models to enable the experience of the arts as part of wellbeing to be considered a ‘norm’ when accessing healthcare facilities.


5 Penny Collinson

A Growing Body: The results of a UK national survey of somatic movement practitioners working in NHS hospital settings

The practice of arts in health is well documented, this presentation will share new research findings which uncover information about dance and somatic movement practitioners working in hospital settings in the UK - an area which is less understood and recognised. The research is a mixed methods qualitative and quantitative approach, conducted through a survey and interviews with practitioners, and will outline areas such as, location, work ’remits’ and evaluation processes, as well as the range of training, CPD and supervision undertaken. It will identify future research phases, and pose questions regarding the needs practitioners have to take their work forward.


6 Jill Sonke

The semantics of arts in health: Considering language from an academic perspective in the United States

Use of the arts to promote health in healthcare and community settings has expanded rapidly since the 1980’s. An academic discipline has emerged from this field, yet, there are significant inconsistencies in the language used to reference the discipline. The poster presents a project undertaken by educators in the United States to stimulate dialogue regarding this issue. The project examined terminology used to reference the discipline from an educational perspective through: 1) review of literature, field texts, educational programs and curricula; 2) a survey of educators and professionals; 3) examination of grammar, syntax, and semantics; and 4) a roundtable of educators.


7 Kate Massey-Chase

Scoping the field: applied theatre in adolescent mental health transition care

This poster will explore the process of reviewing the literature for a trans-disciplinary enquiry which questions: How can my Applied Theatre practice support young people in the transition between Child & Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Services? It will consider how related theories from other fields intersect with this arts and health research topic – such as theories of adolescence, and of transition and liminality – with the intention of situating my research within the broader field and opening up new dialogues


8 Dr Hilary Bungay

Creative Ageing: Arts and Social Relationships

This poster considers the role of participatory arts in enhancing the social relationships of older people in care homes to address issues of loneliness and social isolation. It introduces a research project developed through a partnership between Anglia Ruskin University, Essex County Council and the Older People’s Research Group Essex, funded by the Arts Council England. Themes from the literature indicate possibilities for arts to enhance relationships between older people and their peers, care staff and the wider community. Preliminary findings from case studies of music, dance and reminiscence arts in three care homes, along with potential impacts, are presented.


9 Fiona O’Sullivan

Panto Presents

Panto Presents is a unique outreach programme between Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity and  Edinburgh's Festival Theatre. The project is aimed at giving children and young people staying in hospital access to play activities, creative workshops, performances, cast visits and theatre tickets, ensuring they don’t miss out culturally or on their childhood. Artist/performers delivered creative workshops and performances linked to that seasons pantomime. They explored various aspects of theatre, including set design, puppetry and storytelling and gave a resource box to each ward so the children were able to continue creating and discovering after the sessions.


10 Dr Emer Forde

Enhancing medical education through the Arts:Reflective practice through photography

The capacity to reflect is integral to the safe practice of medicine. In this innovative project, we explored whether photography could be used to enhance reflective practice and enable doctors to articulate the attitudes, feelings and values that might impact on their clinical work. GP trainees were asked to take ‘snapshots’ of scenes that caught their attention. They discussed their photographs as a group and individually wrote a piece of reflective prose on their learning. We present a selection of their photographs and show that participants found this to be a creative and valuable approach which enhanced their professional development.


11 Laura Waters

Music in Stroke Recovery

There is mounting evidence to suggest that music in many forms can have significant benefits on the quality and speed of recovery from stroke.  The stroke team at the Royal Derby Hospital were keen to get more music onto their wards and have worked with Air Arts to develop a programme of music listening, music therapy training and music participation to enable them to embed musical techniques into daily therapy to improve patient recovery rates mood ratings, cognition and self-efficacy.  The project is now being offered as a model to therapy teams on neurological rehabilitation and Dementia wards.


12 Liisa Anneli Laitinen

Taikusydän - The Heart for Arts, Culture and Wellbeing in Finland

Taikusydän is a multisectoral coordination and communication center for activities and research among the broad field of arts, culture and wellbeing. Its aim is to make arts and culture a permanent part of wellbeing services in Finland. The objective of Taikusydän is to integrate the arts and culture into mainstream health strategy and policy making. In addition, Taikusydän coordinates The National Research Network for Arts, Culture and Wellbeing in Finland.


13 Lian Wilson

Tamalpa UK

The Poster will showcase the work of Tamalpa UK and the specific tools it uses. Tamalpa UK is a social enterprise and runs training programmes, community outreach projects and public workshops in the Tamalpa Life Art Process® an internationally-recognized expressive arts approach combining movement, visual art and creative writing to access the innate wisdom of the body and transformative power of imagination. The process supports personal, interpersonal and social change, teaching new models of health, education, psychology and art. Tamalpa UK maintains the high standards of an Approved Training Programme of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA)


14 Robyn Dowlen

A participatory approach to understanding the ‘in the moment’ musical experiences of people living with dementia

There is a growing movement that recognises that the involvement of people living with dementia in research is essential in ensuring that research is relevant and valuable. However, within the music and dementia literature there is currently limited involvement of people living with dementia as active research participants. This poster presents recent work which has adopted a participatory approach to understanding the ‘in the moment’ experiences of people living with dementia when they engage with music. Preliminary data will be presented alongside an exploration of the feasibility and acceptability of creative research methods for people living with dementia involved in the project.


15 Emily van de Venter

Evaluation of an Asset-based Community Development project: Does it promote health and well-being?

This poster summarises the findings of a qualitative evaluation of an 'Asset-based Community Development' initiative. Two 'Community Builders' worked with residents to increase social networks, develop community groups and distribute a Community Budget. Supported initiatives included gardening, dance, craft and photography groups. Residents gained skills, confidence and increased social contacts. Building on residents’ skills and interests helped to initiate and sustain a commitment to volunteering. The Community Budget helped volunteers to feel valued and to overcome barriers to involvement. Increased skills and confidence among residents are likely to contribute to increased self-efficacy, a key component in health behaviour change models.


16 Dr Stephen Clift

Regular group singing promotes mental health: A replication of earlier findings

Four community singing groups for people with mental health issues ran weekly from November 2014 to the end of 2015.  Evaluation place over a six-month period using two validated questionnaires: the short Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation questionnaire (CORE-10), and the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS). Twenty-six participants completed baseline and follow-up questionnaires. CORE-10 scores were significantly reduced, and WEMWBS scores significantly increased. Comparisons with the earlier study found a similar pattern of improvements on CORE items that are part of the 'problems' sub-scale in the full CORE questionnaire. There was also evidence from both studies of participants showing clinically important improvements in CORE-10 scores.


17 Dr Eva Mäkinen

The Well-being Power Plant and The Takuulla Projects as Renovators of Working Life and Education

The Well-being Power Plant of Eastern Finland (VOIMALA) is a collaboration network with the aim to develop well-being services and related multi-professional know-how, which utilize cultural possibilities. People with increased risk are of special interest. Collaboration strengthens cooperation between research, development, education and professional life. Experience and know-how have been acquired by the TAKUULLA (Certainly) projects, which have introduced music and dance to maternity clinics, kindergartens, schools, hospitals, psychiatric centres, vocational schools, associations, and service centres. The goal is to expand and stabilize network collaboration in the region of Eastern Finland by 2020 as a permanent model of collaboration. VOIMALA is a partner of the national Taikusydän collaboration.


18 Dr Gwawr Ifan

Raising awareness of dementia for future generations through musical residencies: The ‘Hidden Corners’ case study

The ‘Hidden Corners’ project was a four-week musical residency for Year 12 music students from a secondary school and a sixth form college, held in two care homes for the elderly in Gwynedd, North Wales in February 2016.  The project was used as a case study to investigate the impact that intergenerational musical activities may have on young people’s opinions and perceptions of people living with dementia.  This poster will present overarching themes that arose from the analysis of data collected from students through weekly focus groups, student diaries and-ended questionnaires. 


19 Jenny Lee

Telehealth-Based Creative Arts Therapy for Rural Veterans

The Rural Veterans’ TeleRehabilitation Initiative Creative Arts Therapy program (RVTRI CAT) is a telehealth-based creative arts therapy program in North Florida and South Georgia in the southeastern United States. The program aims to: 1) enhance Veterans’ overall health and wellbeing; 2) improve Veterans’ perceived quality of life; 3) allow Veterans opportunities to communicate, externalize and process life events; and 4) expand access to creative arts therapies for rural Veterans by facilitating sessions via telehealth. Veterans who participate in the program have reported positive changes in their overall emotional state and perceived quality of life and the program has successfully increased access to treatment for rural Veterans.


20 Jane Willis

Creative and Credible

Creative and Credible is a web-based resource to support evaluation activity across the arts and health sector developed by arts and health consultants Willis Newson and the University of the West of England.

There is increasing awareness of the role of arts in contributing to health and wellbeing, but there is a corresponding lack of consensus about how to assess the value and impacts of arts on health and wellbeing.

Creative & Credible supports arts and health organisations and practitioners to:

– improve evaluation practice

– engage with evaluation creatively

– strengthen the evidence base around the benefits and impacts of arts and health projects


21 Dalida Arakelian

Mindful Music

Mindful Music was founded to uncover and share the health benefits of music through live performance, education, and research. As a part of the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior and the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, Mindful Music has introduced the community of 80,000 people on campus and health system to over 200 live performances featuring local artists in 15 unique spaces since 2014. By connecting seemingly unlikely fields of healthcare and music, Mindful Music is dedicated to spread the power of live music into places of learning, working, and healing on a global level.


22 Ariel Reich

Suicide Prevention Through Theatre Intervention

Suicide Prevention through Theatre Intervention is a project designed to tackle this difficult subject through an Applied Theatre workshop and corresponding research.  Data is collected and analyzed via student pre- and post- tests, teacher surveys, and scaled facilitator observations.  Anticipated outcomes are: increased knowledge among participants about suicide and its prevalence, greater comfort in talking about suicide, an increased awareness of support resources, and a higher level of competency in supportive peer behaviors.  The curriculum has the potential to become a suicide prevention model that can be used by schools and mental health organizations worldwide.