Culture & Wellbeing
At NEA we love to be at the cutting edge of research, new thinking and best practice – and to follow our passions. This has never been more the case than with the Cultural Engagement for Wellbeing project, for the Wellcome Trust, which has grown out of our previous work on social capital, health and wellbeing and cultural value. In 2016 we supported the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University, under Prof Stephen Clift, to secure a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities and Social Sciences. We are currently project managing the resulting 12 month inquiry into the impact of engaging in mainstream cultural activities on people’s health and wellbeing. With a multi-disciplinary team and supported by an expert Advisory Group, the project is:
- reviewing the literature on cultural engagement and subjective wellbeing
- exploring what data can tell us about the links between cultural engagement and health or wellbeing outcomes
- considering the barriers and enablers to access to culture
- scoping the potential for recent developments in neuroscience to shed light on the processes at work in our brains when we engage in cultural activity
- investigating the history and the theoretical underpinnings of the relationship between culture and health & wellbeing, with the aim of helping to refine concepts and definitions.
Call back here for updates as the project proceeds.