Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing
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The Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing,part of the University's wider Health and Wellbeing Research Group, embraces the social, personal, spiritual and political aspects of wellbeing. Our mission is to promote wellbeing in individuals, communities, organisations and the environment, through use of the arts.
Our vision is of the arts set in a healing context. It requires an understanding of how other cultures have used the arts as a rebalancing tool, looking at and valuing the work of musicians, dance and movement specialists, theatre performers and art/music therapists. We see the arts in wider contexts than just the concert hall or theatre and we explore new ideas for their relevance to the wider society.
Our aim is to understand the role and contribution of the arts to wellbeing in health, social care, arts organisations and in community settings. Key external partners of the Centre include the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Hampshire County Council Public Health Directorate and the Royal Society of Public Health.
A registered charity, the Arts as Wellbeing Trust (originally the Music Research Institute) works alongside the Centre and aims to enable artists and arts organisations to develop their capacity in the arts and health.
Who we are
The Centre for Arts as Wellbeing was established in 2015 by Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman and is led by Dr David Walters. The multidisciplinary team comprises researchers studying areas including music and dementia; music and pain management; and singing and spirituality. To find out more about arts and wellbeing-related projects, contact Dr Kit Tapson. To find out more about music and spirituality, contact Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman.
What we believe
We believe that performing arts practice is consciously related to personal, social, organisational, environmental and spiritual wellbeing. We are committed to arts as wellbeing in a community context including working within educational groups, along with hard to reach and marginalised people.
- To work in partnership with local, regional, national and international organisations to deliver high quality research and knowledge exchange in the area of arts as wellbeing;
- To develop best practice in performing and participatory arts as wellbeing in individuals, communities and organisations;
- To embrace the social, spiritual and political aspects of well-being and the effect of the inculcation of societal values on the individual and the transformative effects upon artistic practice.
The Arts as Wellbeing Trust Ltd aims to advance a role for the arts in the enhancement of human experience in health and social care settings.
The centre hosts a broad research programme that explores the impacts of arts and culture on health and wellbeing. We also seek to understand the processes that shape experiences of arts, health and wellbeing in individuals and society. Specifically, our current research includes:
- Evidence reviews of arts & wellbeing
- Evaluation of music interventions for vulnerable populations
- Development and evaluation of local arts & health projects
- Mixed methods and multidisciplinary research to enlighten the delivery of community music and arts projects
- CPD and public engagement in the arts & health sector (Creative and Credible; Arts and Health Project Advisory Group)
- Consultancy and guided evaluations for projects in the arts and wellbeing
The centre welcomes enquiries about postgraduate research in the area of arts as wellbeing. Explore our members' profiles pages below to find out more about their individual research strengths, and identify academics who can support you.
Meet the team
- David Walters, CAAW Director
- Professor Norma Daykin
- The Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman MBE
- Dr Christine (Kit) Tapson
Visiting Research/Knowledge Exchange Fellows
- Dr Elizabeth Scott-Hall, former Assistant Musical Director, Vocal Tutor and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Winchester.
- Shirley Taylor, former Assistant Head of Hampshire Music Service.
- Rebecca Seymour, a dance artist with a deep commitment to working with older adults and people with dementia using dance and music.
- Giorgos Tsiris, Researcher at Nordoff Robbins, London; Lecturer in Music Therapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and editor-in-chief of Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy.
- Dr Jill Bunce, a Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Educational Psychotherapist who established a degree in Dance and Movement Studies at Derby University, followed by an MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
- Janet Sparkes, Head of the Movement Studies Department at the University of Winchester when it was King Alfred’s College.
Links and partnerships
- Arts & Health South West (Dementia Care and the Arts)
- Live Music Now (New Age Music and A Choir in Every Care Home)
- Willis Newson (Creative and Credible)
- Sidney De Haan Centre Christchurch Canterbury – The Cathedrals Group Conference on Arts and Health
- Hampshire Cultural Trust
- RSPH Special Interest group for Arts and Health
For general enquiries, contact the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing Administrator, Holly Pye.