Responds to a gap in the literature in this research area, which has been of limited scale. Using primary research, ‘grey literature’, and synthesising previous research, it finds that: ‘Overall, the evidence available… has shown that engagement in the visual arts for adults with mental health conditions can reduce reported levels of depression and anxiety; increase self-respect, self-worth and self-esteem; encourage and stimulate re-engagement with the wider, everyday social world.’

The most effective ‘working ways to wellbeing’ are processes that ensure provision of secure safe-space and havens for interventions; that recognise the value of non-stigmatising settings; and that support and sustain collaborative facilitation of programmes and sessions. Very useful for anyone working in this field, especially for comments on follow up once projects end.

Professor Alan Tomlinson
What Works Centre for Wellbeing
January 2018