The need for robust critique of research on social and health impacts of the arts
Authors(s), Creator(s) and Contributors: Stephen Clift, Kate Phillips and Stephen Pritchard
Publication Date: 09/06/2021
Categories: Articles / Interviews
This paper outlines the growth of interest in the UK in the social and health impacts of the arts from the late 1990s onwards. It highlights the early critiques of claims made about such impacts by Belfiore and Mirza (Mirza, 2006a). Attention is given to two recent commissioned reviews of arts and health research, by the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe, and the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which conclude that the can arts have an important role in promoting health and reducing social and health inequalities.
Tags: Arts, culture, health, wellbeing, inequalities, critique