Keyword: art

How Instagram artists promote mental health awareness

This research was conducted by Frances J. Griffith and three others at Bowling Green State University, USA

Summary

Instagram is a popular social networking site which has revolutionised the way that artists express themselves and connect with audiences. Although the platform is mainly about the sharing of images, each post can …

Prescribe art and nature to improve wellbeing

This research was conducted by Linda Thomson and three others at University College London and the University of Leicester

Summary

This paper describes the findings from an evaluation of a ‘creative green prescription’ programme held at Whitworth Park and the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. Participation in the programme was shown …

Making art can help reduce stress

This research was conducted by Girija Kaimal, Kendra Ray and Juan Muniz at Drexel University, USA

Summary

A small number of studies have indicated that making art reduces stress. This is the first study to investigate the effects of visual self-expression on stress levels in healthy adults, in a format similar …

By | 13 February 2017 |

Using art to develop a workforce

This research was conducted by Simona Karpavičiūtė and Jūratė Macijauskienė at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

Summary

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of silk painting activities on the wellbeing of nursing staff. The results indicate that participation in an arts activity had a positive impact …

By | 6 February 2017 |

The adverse effects of art-led regeneration

This research was conducted by Jonathan Ward at the University of Leeds, UK

Summary

The seaside town of Margate, South East England, has undergone a substantial art-led regeneration, with the intention of transforming it into a creative and interactive place. This has led to greatly increased cultural activity and attracted many …

By | 30 May 2016 |

How art changes your brain

This research was conducted by Anne Bolwerk and four others at University Hospital Erlangen and Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Summary

Looking at art can invoke strong emotions, but can it actually change the connections you make in your brain? Researchers in Germany recruited 28 adults and randomly assigned them into either evaluating …

By | 7 December 2015 |

The role of the family in shaping adolescent cultural engagement

This research was conducted by Mart Willekens and John Lievens at Ghent University, Belgium

Summary

This paper looked at how household structure and parental behaviour affected the cultural lives of children, specifically engagement in the visual arts, heritage or pop and rock music. While it might seem tempting to assume that …

By | 5 May 2015 |

How augmented reality helps museum visitors appreciate paintings

This research was conducted by Kuo-En Chang and five other people at National Taiwan Normal University and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Summary

This paper reports an experiment where 135 college students were observed in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. The students were divided into three groups. One group …

By | 3 September 2014 |

Art therapy makes dementia patients more alert and engaged

This research was conducted by Jennifer Rusted, Linda Sheppard and Diane Waller at the University of Sussex, the University of Sheffield and Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

Summary

This paper reports an experiment designed to test the effectiveness of art therapy on older people with dementia. The study took place …

By | 11 December 2013 |